Turmeric is used while cooking in almost every vegetable in India. It’s an essential ingredient in many Indian dishes. It does not only give the good colour to your food but it has numerous health benefits. Turmeric belongs to ginger family, hence works as an anti-inflammatory. Curcumin is main active compound in turmeric which provide it anti-inflammatory properties. But curcumin is poorly absorbed into the blood. Try to eat turmeric with black pepper as it contains piperine, a natural substance that enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2,000%.
1. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties.
Inflammation is important in your body no doubt. But when there is excess inflammation in body it may lead to many diseases. Turmeric has curcumin which is strongly anti-inflammatory. When we too much of fast food which contain cayene, our stomach lining gets inflame. Turmeric helps in soothing the inflammation of stomach lining. Also, it can heal wounds fast sue to same properties.
2. Turmeric increases the anti-oxidant capacity of body.
Oxidative damage can cause many health diseases. Curcumin is a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals due to its chemical structure. Also, curcumin boosts the activity of your body’s own antioxidant enzymes.
3. Turmeric Supports Healthy Joints.
Turmeric is best for overall joint health and mobility. My grandparents use to give me turmeric in milk whenever I use to get injured. Even they use to drink this themselves for their better joint movement. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disorder that causes painful swelling in the joints. As the curcumin in turmeric is an anti-inflammatory, it can benefit the joints in ant type of arthritis and help keep away them from getting inflamed and swollen.
4. Turmeric Promotes Heart Health
Heart disease is one of the leading cause of death in the world. Curcumin may help reverse many steps in the heart disease process. Curcumin can improve the lining of blood vessels i.e. endothelium. When the endothelium does not work properly, it can’t properly regulate blood pressure and clotting, which can lead to heart disease.
5. Turmeric Encourages Healthy Cholesterol Levels.
It is said that high cholesterol level is caused by oxidative stress, brought on to the body by chronic inflammation and high blood sugar. So, again, reducing inflammation in the body supports healthy cholesterol levels.
6. Turmeric may also help in weight loss.
Turmeric help in weight loss by accelerating the body metabolism. It is also useful in reducing fat mass andof the liver, which are essential contributors when it comes to diet-induced weight loss efforts.
7. Turmeric Boosts Stress Tolerance
Adaaptogens can help you relieve your stress. Turmeric is one of the adaptogens herb, it have the ability to modulate the release of stress hormones from the adrenal glands. This can help you adapt better to physical and emotional stress and be more resilient to anything that comes your way. They also help to keep your hormones balanced.
8. Turmeric Promotes Radiant Skin
The antioxidant and anti inflammatory property of turmeric makes your skin glow. This is reason there is a “HALDI CEREMONY” in India before marriage. It provides proper nourishment, and makes your skin more radiant and healthy-looking skin. Turmeric is an anti-aging powerhouse.
Try turmeric face pack at home: Mix yogurt, turmeric honey and apply on your face. Keep the mask on for 15 minutes and then wash off with water.
9. Turmeric reduces the risk of cancer
The curcumin in turmeric is able to slow the development and growth of cancer in the body. Research indicates that cucurmin has the ability to kill tumor cells and hence inhibit tumor growth. This may prevent cancerous cells from growing in the body.
Eating turmeric in raw form is the best to get its benefits. It is readily available in Southern Asia in each and every house but in others countries people even don’t know what it is. You can also take Turmeric supplements if its not available.
Whenever you take turmeric supplements, look for these points…
- It should include both Turmeric Root and Turmeric Extract.
- It should be organic.
- It should not contain Heavy Metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, or glyphosate.
- It should contain Black Pepper for better absorption.
Turmeric Or Haridra Is Traditionally Beneficial As Varnya (Promotes Complexion), Krimighna (Anti-Helminthic / Worm Infestations), Cures The Diseases Of Twak (Skin Disorders), Prameha (Diabetes), Raktavikaras (Disorders Of Blood), Sotha (Abscess), Pandu (Anaemia) And Vrana (Wounds And Injuries).
Everything in excess is poison. Turmeric also has some side effects. Turmeric can contribute to kidney stone if eaten in excess as it contains around 2% oxalate. People with gluten intolerance can have bad effects of turmeric.