Turmeric is a spice that is used to add color and flavor to your meals. Most of us know it as the spice that makes curry yellow. But it’s also very good for our health! is often regarded as one of the best nutritional supplements. The herb’s properties range from antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, to anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory. It has in abundance nutrients such as dietary fibre, protein, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc, with vitamins C, E and K. No wonder turmeric is gaining popularity in the West as an effective health latte.
Turmeric has been used in India and other Asian countries for centuries, for both food and medicine, and for dyeing cloth, too. Furthermore, turmeric has been used in the Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for more than 2 millennia.
While there are many benefits of turmeric, the following list contains those benefits that have shown promising clinical research to back them up.
1. Helps fight cancer
Turmeric can help prevent prostate cancer, stop the growth of existing prostate cancer and even destroy cancer cells. Multiple researchers have found that the active components in turmeric make it one of the best protectors against radiation-induced tumors. It also has a preventive effect against tumor cells such as T-cell leukemia, colon carcinomas and breast carcinomas.
2. Reduce the chances of heart attack
It helps in maintaining heart health by – reducing cholesterol oxidation, reducing plaque build-up, clot formation, reduce bad cholesterol (LDL), reduce pro-inflammatory response, etc. Studies have found that it could reduce the adhesive abilities of blood platelets, thereby preventing them from forming clots. It can also relax blood vessels and minimize heart damage after suffering a heart attack.
3. Reduces Cholesterol Level
High cholesterol is a precursor to several heart conditions, which is why it’s so important to keep it at healthy levels. There are several ways to help get your cholesterol levels down, but adding a simple spice to your cooking can go a long way. Turmeric helps to lower cholesterol levels thanks to the curcumin it contains, which encourages the liver to help get rid of more of the bad cholesterol in the body.
4. Controls Diabetes
Turmeric can be used in the treatment of diabetes by helping to moderate insulin levels. It also improves glucose control and increases the effect of medications used to treat diabetes. Another significant benefit is turmeric’s effectiveness in helping reduce insulin resistance, which may prevent the onset of Type-2 diabetes. However, when combined with strong medications, it can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). It is best to consult a healthcare professional before taking turmeric capsules.
5. Reduce stomach pain
Chronic stomach pain could be from a serious medical condition, so check with your doctor if the pain is constant. But if you, like millions of people, get mild stomach pain every now and then, your diet or lifestyle may be to blame. In those cases, the anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds in turmeric can help alleviate pain that comes from fattening or spicy foods, alcohol, or lack of exercise.
6. Boost Immune System
It contains a substance known as lipopolysaccharide, which helps stimulate the body’s immune system. Its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agents also help strengthen the immune system. A strong immune system lessens the chance of suffering from colds, flu and coughs. If you do get a cold, a cough or the flu, you can feel better sooner by mixing one teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of warm milk and drinking it once daily.
7. It’s a Natural Fat Burner
One of the more widely known benefits of turmeric is its ability to help the body burn fat. That’s why it’s being recommended more and more as a dietary aid when trying to lose weight. The best part of adding more turmeric’s powder to your diet in order to lose fat is that it helps to flavor up most any dish, and it’s all natural so you won’t have to turn to dangerous fat loss pills or crash diets.
8. Heals Wound
Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent and can be used as an effective disinfectant. If you have a cut or burn, you can sprinkle turmeric powder on the affected area to speed up the healing process. Turmeric also helps repair damaged skin and may be used to treat psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.
9. Helps the Skin
Turmeric can help the skin in many ways, from reducing redness to fighting the signs of aging. These skin treatments involve using turmeric powder topically rather than ingesting it. There are a few properties of turmeric that give it its healing nature when applied to the skin. The first is that it’s anti-inflammatory, which helps soothe many different skin problems. The second is its antiseptic ability, which helps rid the skin of impurities.
10. Lowers Blood Pressure
High blood pressure can eventually lead to more severe heart conditions, and treating it is very important for your overall cardiovascular health. For this to occur you’ll need to take higher doses of turmeric in supplement form, rather than eating massive amounts of it. Turmeric acts as a natural blood thinner, so you’ll want to make sure that your doctor knows about its use before you start taking it, as it could affect other medications you’re on.
How to use turmeric
1. Spice up your food.
Add this spice to anything, besides sweets, for a new flavor and a ton of health benefits. You can use turmeric to add some zest to cooked vegetables, eggs, and meat dishes. You can also add it to boiling water you’re using to make pasta, rice, soups, and more.
2. Drink it as a tea.
Bring four cups of water to a boil. Add one teaspoon of ground turmeric and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes. Strain the tea through a fine sieve into a cup, add honey and/or lemon to taste.
3. Use it as a supplement.
I like to take turmeric supplements a day in case I am traveling and am unable to cook with it.
4. Mix it with castor oil for a skin detox.
Castor oil with turmeric powder is a powerful toxin releaser for your skin. For women, it is great to apply to the breast and underarm because it will pull out harmful toxins from the lymph nodes and fat cells of the breast.