10 Reasons To Take Terrific Turmeric

 Nutrition Tips – The many health benefits of Turmeric

The medicinal properties of this spice have been slowly revealing themselves over time. For many

Turmeric root

Turmeric root

hundreds of years it has been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine as a staple that treats inflammatory conditions,  digestive and liver

problems, and various skin diseases. The active ingredient in Turmeric is called curcumin, which has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions. Animal, laboratory and some human studies are also showing curcumin to have significant anticancer activity and immune stimulating capability and current research will reveal more about its role with other conditions such as depression.

1) Natural anti-inflammatory and pain relief
Curcumin has a strong  anti-inflammatory effect because it inhibits several molecules that play a major role in inflammation. It may relieve the symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis because of its ability to reduce pain and disability. Turmeric is also great for those with back pain, menstrual cramps and bursitis. It can also be used for post- surgery inflammation as it has been shown to improve bruising. Turmeric is being compared to working as well as ibuprofen for reducing pain.

2) Atherosclerosis
Turmeric may help in preventing the blockage of arteries that can gradually cause a heart attack or stroke. It does this in two ways, first by inhibiting the oxidation of the bad cholesterol type LDL as oxidized LDL deposits in the walls of blood vessels and contributes to the formation of atherosclerotic plaque and secondly turmeric may also prevent platelet build up along the walls of an injured blood vessel.

3) Good for the stomach and intestine
Turmeric has also been shown to inhibit ulcer formation caused by stress and alcohol. Turmeric is considered as a digestive bitter and a carminative, it also reduces gas and bloating.

4) Liver health and detoxification
Turmeric stimulates bile production in the liver and encourages excretion of bile via the gallbladder. This is important for digesting fats from food and reducing the risk of gallstones. Turmeric helps generate the secretion of several enzymes that help the liver in break down and metabolize certain toxins. Curcumin can bind with heavy metals such as cadmium and lead, thereby reducing the toxicity of these heavy metals.

5) Anti-microbial
Turmeric is a useful remedy for fighting colds, flus and for improving related symptoms such as sore throats and coughs mainly due to its natural anti-microbial actions against viruses and bacteria. In lab studies it has been shown to suppress the growth of the viruses Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), HIV and the bacteria streptococcus and helicobacter pylori which can reside in the stomach.

Curry with turmeric

6) Anti-cancer
Turmeric is able to neutralize cancer-causing compounds and prevents cancerous changes in the cells and fights substances that encourage the mobility of carcinogens. This may be due to its antioxidant properties that are reputed to be more powerful than vitamin A, C and B-carotene. Studies are beginning to demonstrate that the frequent use of turmeric has been linked to lower rates of breast, colon, lung, and prostate cancer. In addition, curcumin has been recommended to protect healthy cells from the harmful effects of radiation and chemotherapy, without reducing the effectiveness of these treatments.

7) Reduce insulin resistance linked to type 2 diabetes
Turmeric and curcumin may enhance glucose metabolism and improve insulin sensitivity in individuals with diabetes. It may even prevent the progression of pre-diabetes to type 2 diabetes. Turmeric has been shown to decrease blood sugar levels in rats induced with diabetes and more research is underway to find out more about turmeric’s role in treating diabetes.

8) Preventing and improving Alzheimer’s disease
Curcumin helps to clear the amyloid–beta plaque in Alzheimer’s disease patients. Epidemiological studies of Indian populations show that prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease is remarkably lower compared to Western nations. There may be many mechanisms of how turmeric works and
a combination of its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant effects of neutralizing toxic compounds and binding to metals such as copper and lead may prevent the development of Alzheimer’s disease or stop its progression and even possibly restore damaged neurons and nerves in the brain.

9) Skin purifier
Turmeric can also benefit skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne due to its detoxification actions. Many skin conditions have an inflammatory basis and a paste made of turmeric can be applied topically to the skin to improve the complexion. It has also been shown to speed up wound healing.

10) Asthma
Since turmeric is an anti-inflammatory, it can help reduce the inflammation associated with asthma. 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder can be added to a glass of warm milk, and drunk as an effective asthma home remedy.

Turmeric SupplementsHealth vitamin supplements

1tsp of the dried or fresh herb can be taken daily. It is better absorbed with fats so take with some milk or oil. When supplementing, check the label. 400g of curcumin can be taken up to three times daily with meals. The dose of standardized turmeric extracts supplements are usually two to three capsules a day.

Your body also absorbs more curcumin if taken with black pepper. The piperine in pepper improves the body’s ability to use turmeric. Ginger also goes well with turmeric.

Cautions

Turmeric and curcumin are safe to take but only at the recommended doses. However there are possible interactions with medications as noted below.

! Turmeric is capable of thinning the blood  so anyone taking blood thinning medication should avoid taking turmeric as a supplement.

!Turmeric may lower blood sugar so diabetics on medication should avoid taking turmeric supplements.

by Sonal Shah

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