10 Healthy Reasons You Should Use Turmeric Today

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By Hot Health August 18, 2016 22:27
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10 Healthy Reasons You Should Use Turmeric Today

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Turmeric (curcuma longa) is one of the most common herbs grown in Asia and is often called as the “Queen of Spices”. Turmeric is orange in color, has a pepper-like aroma, and a very distinct, sharp taste. Turmeric is a part of the ginger family.

It is used widely in Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian cooking. Turmeric is also used in the preparation of Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicines for its ability to fight infections. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent and has lots of health benefits.

It is only recently that Western medicine has begun to recognize the tremendous health benefit of turmeric. A report in the Journal of the American Chemical Society states that turmeric is an excellent antioxidant, and has antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal powers. It is also a very good anticarcinogenic and antimutagenic and has powerful anti-inflammatory properties.

Turmeric is rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, niacin and Vitamin K. It is also a rich source of dietary fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, copper, magnesium and zinc. It has several excellent health benefits. Let’s have a quick look at some of the most important ones.

 

Top 10 Health Benefits of Turmeric

 

#1: Adding Turmeric to Meals May Help You Lose Weight 

Turmeric powder has excellent weight loss benefits. It increases the flow of bile in the body, which is required for the breakdown of dietary fat. It is also known to suppress the appetite and reduce constant cravings for food. That’s why foods prepared with turmeric are so good for weight loss. Consider adding a teaspoon of turmeric to some of your meals.

 

#2: Turmeric May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s disease  

A lot of research is being done on the benefits of turmeric to those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is caused due to the inflammation of the brain. Turmeric helps to prevent this and improves the brain’s health by preventing the build-up of plaque in the brain. It also improves the flow of oxygen to the brain. This is believed to slow down the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

 

#3: Turmeric May Prevent Cancer 

Turmeric is believed to have anti-cancer properties. It fights prostate cancer and kills the cancerous cells. A lot of research is still being done on this. It has been found that turmeric does have an effect on tumor cells that cause leukemia, colon cancer and breast cancer.

 

#4: Turmeric Could Fight Arthritis 

Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory properties which makes it so effective against rheumatoid arthritis. Turmeric has a powerful antioxidant property. It fights free radicals that cause so much damage to the body at the cellular level. Adding turmeric to food is known to provide relief from joint pain over a period of time.

 

#5: Turmeric in Known to Control  Diabetes 

It has been found that adding turmeric to meals on a regular basis helps keep type 2 diabetes in check. Turmeric improves glucose control and regulates the insulin levels in the body.  It increases the effectiveness of the medications given to treat diabetes and prevents diabetes by reducing the body’s insulin resistance. However, it is also known to cause low blood sugar or hypoglycemia when taken along with powerful anti-diabetes medication. So you should talk to your doctor before taking turmeric when you have diabetes.

 

#6: Turmeric Does Wonders for Digestion 

As mentioned earlier, turmeric works on the gallbladder to produce bile. This does wonders for the digestion and reducing bloating and gas. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent, which is why it is recommended to patients suffering from IBS or Irritable Bower Syndrome. However, when you have a digestive problem, it is better to take turmeric in the raw form rather than as a supplement.

 

#7: Turmeric Helps Fight Liver Disease 

Turmeric is a natural detoxifying agent. It detoxifies and purifies the blood by producing critical enzymes which break down and eliminate the toxins from the body. Turmeric improves blood circulation considerably and does wonders for the liver’s health.

 

#8: Turmeric Can Lower High Cholesterol 

High cholesterol is a deadly condition and can lead to a number of dangerous diseases, including heart attack and stroke. There are a plenty of studies that show that adding turmeric to food on a daily basis for a period of time reduces high cholesterol levels. That’s why turmeric is recommended to those who have a problem with high cholesterol.

 

#9: Turmeric Helps Boosts the Body’s Immunity 

Having a strong immune system protects you against the flu, common cold and cough and other infectious diseases. Turmeric is a rich source of lipopolysaccharide, which is critical to the immune system. Turmeric has powerful antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties as mentioned earlier in the article. That’s why Ayurvedic practitioners in India suggest having hot milk mixed with a teaspoon of turmeric to those suffering from common cold and cough.

 

#10: Turmeric is a Natural Antiseptic

One of the greatest uses of turmeric is that it is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent. This makes it an excellent disinfectant. So if you get a cut or burn, just sprinkle turmeric powder on the affected area of the skin. This helps with the healing process. Turmeric is also used to treat inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis.

 

Does Turmeric have Any Side Effects?

We have discussed some of the important health benefits of turmeric. But turmeric has certain side effects as well. There are some people who are allergic to turmeric and develop skin rashes when exposed to it.

Taking turmeric in excess is known to have side effects such as indigestion, nausea, heartburn, liver problems, diarrhea, hyperactive gallbladder contractions, alopecia (hair loss), increase in menstrual flow, liver problems and hypotension (lowered blood pressure). Women who are expecting should not take turmeric in excess as it could cause uterine contractions during their pregnancy.

Generally, taking turmeric in the raw form or adding turmeric powder to meals is perfectly acceptable and unlikely to cause side effects. However, it is better to consult with a doctor first if you want to take turmeric supplements or turmeric pills to make sure that you won’t have an adverse reaction to it.

Also, it is important to be careful when taking turmeric supplements when you are on medication. Turmeric may interfere with medicines such as clopidogrel, aspirin and warfarin and other anti-coagulants. It can interfere with non-steroidal and anti-inflammatory medication as well.

 

How to Take Turmeric?

You can take turmeric in a number of ways. You can take it as a supplement in the form of capsules for faster healing. Turmeric is good for the skin and has known anti-aging benefits. So you can add it to your face mask. Turmeric facial scrubs are popular with women as well. The most common way to have turmeric is to add it to food. Turmeric is used in the preparation of a number of Indian and Middle Eastern recipes. You can also add it to soup or a marinade. Also, you may want to try Turmeric Tea. Turmeric Tea is a type of green tea, which is very popular in South Asia and is known to boost sex drive in both men and women.

 

Wrap Up

Turmeric is an essential spice used in the preparation of Indian curries and is one of the best ways to add flavor and color to home cooked meals. We have discussed everything you wanted to know about the health benefits of turmeric. We have also talked about its side effects and how to take turmeric. A lot of research is still being done on turmeric and its properties. While there is no definite scientific data to prove that turmeric does deliver some of the health benefits that we talked about, such as preventing cancer and fighting the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, there is a plenty of anecdotal evidence that suggest that it indeed does.

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