Indian cuisine is almost undefined without this soft, yellow powder. One can’t imagine a tasty Indian dish cooked without turmeric of course. But did you know that this spice also happens to be one of the most powerful natural ingredients with healing properties? After numerous scientific studies, we have come to know of its potent benefits. Turmeric features on top of the list when it comes to mentions of medicinal herbs. We hence take a look at 35 amazing benefits of turmeric for your skin, hair and of course, your health.
1. An anticoagulant
Scientists have put in great research in developing drugs to slow down or prevent blood clotting. However, these drugs often have unpleasant side effects such as excessive bleeding, headaches, back pain and respiratory issues. Turmeric on the other hand does marvels for those suffering from vascular thrombosis, and has no known side effects as well.
2. An anti-depressant
Research trials on animals have shown that turmeric is effective for treating symptoms related to depressions. Surveys conducted by scientists have shown that when people suffering from depressions were given turmeric, the benefits were equivalent to those seen with the use of drugs. Hence, turmeric is a safe therapy option for patients with mild depression.
3. An anti-inflammatory
Turmeric is known for its power to control inflammations. Several harmful diseases, chronic pain for instance, come as a result of inflammation. Hence, a pinch of turmeric can always come to your rescue when you want to avert any chances of inflammations.
4. Controls arthritis
You certainly don’t want to experience joint-pain as and when you age. You can turn to turmeric for a solution. General drugs to prevent arthritis can often result in heart related diseases for those consuming them. Turmeric contains curcumin, which has amazing effects on people suffering from different types of arthritis.
5. Treats cancer
Of all the diseases known to mankind, cancer is undoubtedly the most harmful, and scientists are conducting extensive research to find methods to prevent cancer. They have recently found that when combined with chemotherapy, curcumin kills more cancer cells than with chemotherapy alone. In fact turmeric works wonders for those suffering from breast cancer and skin cancer.
6. Manages diabetes
All those who are forced to abstain from sweets because of diabetes, you’ve just got to incorporate turmeric into your diet. Studies have proved that curcumin is 400 times more potent than Metformin (a drug commonly used to treat diabetes). The antioxidant properties of curcumin make it a powerful agent that eradicates complications linked to diabetes.
7. Gastrointestinal treatments
People who have digestive issues can sometimes no longer take medicinal drugs because they risk tearing the mucosal lining in the stomach. Turmeric on the other hand has the potential to improve such conditions without the use of any drugs whatsoever. It creates no side effects, and also supports the growth of probiotics in the gut.
8. Cholesterol control
It is well known that cholesterol hinders the blood flow in your arteries. Standard drugs that treat cholesterol are usually harmful to the kidneys and the liver. Doctors today are prescribing natural alternatives, and turmeric features in this list.
9. Alternative painkiller
Turmeric is also well known for its pain-killing properties. Certain medical institutes are now suggesting that turmeric should be used instead of conventional medication in order to treat burns for instance. It works wonders as a natural painkiller.
10. Get rid of acne
People have been using turmeric as a beauty product for ages, and acne is something everyone wants to get rid of. Turmeric has the answer for you. Application of a homemade face mask is very helpful. Its antibacterial and antiseptic properties are effective when it comes to treating acne.
11. Say no to oily skin
Similarly, turmeric is also beneficial for getting rid of oily skin. Turmeric regulates the production of sebum which is an oily substance that forms on your skin, especially on the face.
12. Dry skin treatment
You can also make a facial mask using turmeric, that can treat dry skin. This can actually be applied not only on your face, but even on the neck, the elbows and the knees. You’ll need to leave the mask until it dries and then wash it off with warm water for best results.
13. Off with the wrinkles
Wrinkles are often embarrassing, and you hesitate to socialize because of their presence. Turmeric can help you get rid of those fine lines with another simple face pack. It can be prepared by mixing turmeric powder, rice powder and raw milk with some tomato juice. After leaving it for a few minutes, you can wash it off with lukewarm water. This pack can also help you get rid of dark circles.
14. Lightens stretch marks
The presence of turmeric in a mixture of raw milk and gram flour also helps in lightening those stretch marks that you’ve been trying to hide.
15. Treats wounds and burns
The antiseptic properties of turmeric can relieve you in case of burns or wounds. You can even add some Aloe Vera gel into the turmeric powder, and your wound will heal within no time.
16. Removes pigmentation
Women often feel ill at ease if they have pigmented skin. It’s time they can easily get rid of pigmentation with the help of turmeric. A quick mixture of turmeric powder with lemon or cucumber juice can be applied for half an hour, then washed off with plain water. If done on a regular basis, this treatment will astonish you with its beneficial results.
17. Removes facial hair
Men can sport facial hair, but when it comes to women, it’s obviously embarrassing. For those who wish to remove facial hair by natural methods, they can resort to turmeric. You can make a facial scrub using turmeric with chickpea, and when applied consistently, it will reduce the growth of facial hair.
18. Treats cracked heels
If you want to hide those cracked heels, you can apply a mixture of turmeric powder and coconut oil on your heels on a regular basis, just before you go for a shower. This treatment will eventually give you soft heels.
19. Younger looking skin
If you wish to bring back that glamour on your face, you can resort to turmeric. Applying a homemade night cream made out of turmeric and yogurt on your face overnight, and subsequently washing it off in the morning, gives you healthy and younger looking skin.
20. Treats skin diseases
Many suffer with skin diseases such as eczema, due to pollution. Eczema is essentially a painful disease characterized by red, scaly patches on the skin, which makes you feel like scratching often. As turmeric has antiseptic properties, applying a mixture of turmeric and milk will soothe your skin and reduce the redness.
21. Dead cell remover
Dead cells on your body often lead to itchiness. You can easily get rid of those dead cells on your skin by applying a mixture of turmeric, gram flour and water. You can choose to apply this mixture gently while you are showering. Over time, you will have glowing skin which you always wished for.
22. Saves the lips
Turmeric can even act as a healer of chapped lips. All you need to do is make a paste using turmeric powder and milk and apply it on your lips. This easily protects your lips from becoming dry.
23. Prevents dandruff
Experts are recommending the use of turmeric in shampoos nowadays. Turmeric, when applied on your hair along with some olive oil, provides nutrition to the hair follicles which results in increased circulation. This means you are free from dandruff.
24. No more hair loss
Hair loss can pose serious problems to men as they age. Hence, to provide nutrients to your scalp and your hair follicles, prepare a mixture of turmeric, honey and milk and apply it on your hair. This quickly reduces hair loss.
25. A natural hair dye
Not only can turmeric be used as a dye for textiles, but it can also help you make your very own hair dyes. You can combine turmeric with other yellow flowers and herbs. Having boiled this mixture, put it on your head and wash it off after a good 20 minutes. You’ll be surprised to see the vivid colors your hair regains after this therapy.
26. Treats scalp conditions
Apart from helping hair growth, turmeric’s anti-allergic properties can also prevent the growth of fungi on your head, that usually leads to various scalp conditions such as dermatitis and cicatricial alopecia.
27. Don’t forget!
We all know that Alzheimer’s disease is a serious neurological disorder that results in gradual memory loss. Turmeric has been known to treat Alzheimer’s to good effect. Turmeric juices block the movement of the COX-2 enzyme, which means the inflammation in the brain is reduced.
28. No more acidity
Oftentimes, acidity can be extremely unpleasant. If you wish to completely get rid of this problem, you can consume turmeric juice. This leads to restoration of the normal pH level in your stomach.
29. Prevents heart diseases
Heart diseases are rather frightening, and can pose serious problems to someone who is suffering from heart related problems. Consuming turmeric can improve the function of the endothelium, which means you have a healthy heart free from any diseases.
30. Immunity booster
A strong immune system is always beneficial and lessens the chances of you suffering from a flu. Turmeric contains a substance called lipopolysaccharide, which results in stimulation of the body’s immune system.
31. Reduces risk of childhood leukemia
The incidence of leukemia has risen dramatically in the course of the 20th century. Moreover, the prevalence of leukemia in children under the age of five is much less in Asia than it is in Europe. This is possibly related to the fact that the consumption of turmeric is significantly higher in Asia. Turmeric is known to inhibit the multiplication of leukemia cells in the body, which makes it a great natural means to prevent leukemia in children.
32. Relieves the common cold
Suffering from a common cold and a sore throat is very common. Mixing a couple of teaspoons of turmeric powder into a glass of warm milk is very soothing to your throat. Drinking this once daily can rid you of your cold quickly.
33. Keep your weight in check
Is the weighing machine showing you embarrassing numbers? Is the mirror showing you an embarrassing image? Add a teaspoon of turmeric to your every meal and see the wonderful results. Turmeric helps increase the flow of bile, which is a component that plays an important role in breaking down dietary fat.
34. No more allergies
If you wake up every morning and sneeze constantly and have a running nose, it can be rather irritating. If such is the case for you, simply drink a glass of warm milk with a couple of teaspoons of turmeric on a regular basis. Now every morning will be fresh with no allergies.
35. A good mood
Lastly, it’s always important to be in a good mood when interacting with people in general. Research studies have shown that those who consume turmeric have shown significant improvements in terms of their behavior towards people. Turmeric can hence be used as an option for stabilizing your mood, and essentially keep you happy.
As you can see, this spice that we use on a regular basis not only adds flavor to our curries, but has also gives us such a variety of health benefits. It’s beautiful how nature has all the solutions in store for us; we simply need to find them and make use of them. Since turmeric has been established as a great friend to your health, you now know what you can do to keep yourself healthy as well as happy.