Turmeric is the most ancient herb and medicine found in our kitchen. Since ages, turmeric has proven itself as one of the most amazing medicinal herbs with lots of uses and given a positive result in our day to day lives.
Turmeric has a compound called curcumin which is responsible for many health benefits. It is also responsible for its unique yellow color. It is a very strong and powerful anti-oxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties due to which its first use is usually done in healing the wound.
It is an old practice that whenever there is any cut or wound while working in the kitchen, mothers used to apply turmeric directly on the wound. Surprisingly, bleeding used to get clotted within few minutes and there were no signs of any inflammation also. The most basic home available medicine for the wound is turmeric and it used to work a miracle.
Curcumin proportion in turmeric is not very high, just 3% in whole 100g turmeric and also it is poorly absorbed in the bloodstream. To overcome this, turmeric is eaten with black pepper. Black pepper has piperine as an active compound which helps to absorb curcumin easily by 2000%. Also, curcumin is well absorbed with fat. So combining turmeric with fatty meals is always advisable for better and a hundred percent absorption into the body.
In this article, we will see some more amazing effects of turmeric on our body if consumed daily.
Turmeric’s magic can be clearly seen on your skin. Many skincare creams, lotion, body washes clearly mention that their product contains turmeric, why? It is because of curcumin content that solves all skin issues like dullness, spots, dryness, and scars. Turmeric helps to make skin fairer by reducing the dark spots and scars on the face. Many face packs contain turmeric as its active ingredient. Homemade face pack of gram flour, milk or curd with lemon juice and a pinch of turmeric is excellent for reducing the blemished skin, spots, dark circles and cracks on the face.
2. Protects against heart disease
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the world. Including turmeric daily can reduce the risk factors associated with heart disease. Curcumin plays an important role in improving the endothelial function of the heart. Many studies show that it acts as good as a blood thinner and helps to dilute the blood clots and plaques in the arteries. It can work very well and replace the drug called atorvastatin which is basically a drug to reduce the high lipids levels in the blood. Drink one cup of turmeric water daily as the first thing in the morning to see the benefits.
3. Protects against cancers
Turmeric supplements, if used daily, can reduce the risk of cancer. Further, it can reduce the growth of cancerous cells at the molecular level. Malignant tumors are seen to reduce their size by the use of turmeric daily. Curcumin acts as a powerful antioxidant by diminishing the free radicles generated during the cancerous growth.
4. Works well for arthritis
Curcumin is a potent anti-inflammatory drug that reduces the inflammation of joints and decreases the pain. Simply drink turmeric water or turmeric in warm milk for the best results. Calcium from milk in combination with curcumin will give the best results.
5. Helps to reduce the weight
Curcumin in turmeric helps to boosts metabolism and reduces fat. It helps to generate the heat in the body which is linked with increased metabolism and with a planned customized low-calorie diet and exercise it accelerates the fat-burning process. Its effects have been seen especially on belly fat. It helps to burn excess calories.
6. Helps to treat Alzheimer’s disease
Curcumin prevents oxidative damage in the brain since it’s a potent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. The main reason for Alzheimer’s is the build-up of amyloid plaques in the brain. Curcumin can cross the blood-brain barrier and dissolve these plaques. Regular consumption of turmeric should be started in milk or water early morning once age crosses 50 years. Progression of such disease is slowed down and overall health benefits are seen.
7. Improves immunity
Those who often fall ill due to seasonal changes should try turmeric. Its anti-oxidant properties make the immune system stronger and help to kill bacteria and viruses which spread rapidly due to seasonal changes. It also helps to control fungal growth. Excellent remedy for cough and cold. A throat infection can be very painful with a cough in the chest. Turmeric warm water gargles help to control the infection and turmeric can also be mixed with jaggery and consumed for thinning of cough. Turmeric with honey is the best remedy for cough congestion.
Turmeric being medicinal herb proves really useful for the prevention and control of many health hazards.