Turmeric – the golden wonder. It is one of the most popular and powerful herbs on the planet. It has many, many benefits, so much so that there are thousands of peer –reviewed articles that testify to it’s goodness. The potency and efficacy of turmeric as a herb and medicinal plant is such that it rivals the best and concentrated pharmaceuticals available on the market. Turmeric has a place of special reverence in the Indian medicine and is also an important part of many Chinese medications.
This spice cum medicine has been used in traditional medicine for a long time, but only recently have its benefits been recognized by the modern medicine community. The magic of turmeric lies in the agent curcumin, which is found in the plant.
Here are some wonders of this Golden spice!
- Fights Inflammations
Inflammation work for our body when there is a foreign invaders and repairs body damage. It helps kill pathogens and other bacteria that can harm our body. However, inflammation over a long time can also damage the very tissues that help heal us as well. It is at this point when turmeric helps. It suppresses that long term damaging inflammation and helps the body heal properly. This is also the reason it is also put on wounds to treat them.
- Powerful Antioxidant
Remember the turmeric milk at night when you were ill? Or why it is put in almost every Indian dish? There is a reason for that. Turmeric is a powerful anti-oxidant that helps neutralize free radicals that otherwise would react with important substances in our body, such as fatty acids. It also enhances the body’s own anti-oxidants.
- Lowers the Risk of Brain Related Diseases
The brain has a growth hormone that drives the brain to function and develop itself as the body ages from childhood. The BDNF, or the Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor helps neurons divide and multiply, thereby increasing brain function. A decease in this hormone leads t brain diseases like Alzheimer’s. Curcumin, found in turmeric, helps increase and stabilize levels of BDNF, and helps decrease the risk of these diseases.
- Lowers Risk of Heart Disease
Heart diseases are the reason for deaths in the world.
Endothelium, is the lining of heart, and its dysfunction is the cause of many major heart diseases. Curcumin, present in turmeric helps in improving the endothelium’s function, and in the process, lowering the risk of heart disease. It also helps regulate the clotting of blood and blood pressure, which is healthy for the body.
- Helps kill cancerous cells (Still being tested)
Curcumin has been found to kill cancerous cells and reduce the spreading of these cells. It works by intensifying its reach at a molecular level, affecting the cell at its core. However, studies have been conducted and found to be more positive, though research is still being carried out to implement this at a higher level, to prevent cancer from occurring.
- Helps treat symptoms of Arthritis
Arthritis has many types, but mainly is involved in causing joint inflammation. Curcumin is anti-inflammatory and this helps in the case of arthritis. By reducing the inflammations and controlling them, it helps treat the various symptoms of arthritis, especially rheumatoid arthritis.
- Aids Digestion
Bile helps with digestion. However, when the gallbladder, which produces bile, gets affected, it ultimately affects digestion itself. How turmeric helps is that curcumin aids the production of bile by working on the gallbladder, thereby aiding in proper digestion. Also, since bile helps digest fat, turmeric also helps in weight control. One point of note is that turmeric does aid with digestion, but you need to regularly exercise for it to work.
- Excellent Wound Healer
Curcumin also helps heal wounds quickly by speeding up the process altogether. It has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that ward off infection risks that in turn help speed up healing. Sprinkling some turmeric powder or paste on the wound or infected spot will work like a charm and the wound will heal quickly! Turmeric additionally heals damaged and scarred skin, which is why many cosmetic companies add it to their skin products.
- Helps Keep Cholesterol In Check
Consuming turmeric helps lower cholesterol and keep it in check. This works because curcumin in the spice lower the cholesterol serum level, keeping it in check, while also preventing other problems related to it. Many doctors suggest high cholestrol patients to eat turmeric either raw, or with milk for this very purpose.
- Boosts Immune System
Turmeric contains lipopolysaccharide, which enhances the body’s immune system. Also, it’s anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-septic agents work towards strengthening the immune system. This helps b working against cold, flu and virals that you may catch. In the long term, turmeric boosts the immune system and risks the chance of getting the flu altogether! Consume turmeric in milk or in food and see the magic!
Besides these many benefits that this fiery spice provides, it also has a lot of side benefits. Turmeric is the gift that keeps on giving!
It contains –
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin E
Eat it as a supplement capsule or spice your food with it or even consume your milk with it. Turmeric works well any way.
Here are some ways to kick this wonder in!
Make a paste
- Half a cup turmeric powder
- One cup water
- One and a half teaspoon black pepper
- Five tablespoon of coconut oil
Mix them together to form a paste and apply to wounds, cut, or acne!
Combine it in Milk
- One teaspoon coconut milk
- One fourth teaspoon turmeric
- One cup almond milk
Mix them together over low heat and when it start to boil, set it aside to cool. When it is moderately warm, consume it!
Make Turmeric Tea
- Four cups of water
- Two teaspoons of turmeric
Mix them well and let it simmer. Consume when warm!
Additionally mix it with your regular tea leaves for some extra love!
And then the normal way to consume turmeric – add it to your dishes for that extra kick and for its goodness!
There are cosmetic products that have turmeric as an ingredient. A lot of organic product based companies use turmeric as an active ingredient in their products. Look out for them, and use them. You will see the difference in you skin.
Some companies that make turmeric based products are –
- Lush Cosmetics
- Blossom Kochhar
- Vicco Turmeric
- Lotus Cosmetics
- Himalaya Herbals
Turmeric is the Queen of Spices. And now you know why!
Want to stay healthy while you eat? Consume turmeric the ways we suggested it, and see its wonders work on you! You will not be disappointed.
The Queen of Spices never disappoints.