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Turmeric the versatile spice

Turmeric to Control Inflammation

Turmeric is a spice that came from Asia and has an abundance of health benefits, can help with a range of health conditions and is cheap and tasty.
Sounds too good to be true, I know, but that precisely what turmeric offers for humanity.

In recent decades the west discovered just how incredibly flavorful this healthy spice is and there has been an increasing interest in the medicinal properties of the turmeric.

Turmeric is a plant in the ginger family, and it’s the root that is used a great deal in Indian cuisine. Its history of use in India and other parts of Asia spans thousands of years, and these cultures have been received its many health benefits without even realizing just how powerful it was.

The active part of turmeric is curcumin

Curcumin (a polyphenol) that gives turmeric’s distinctive yellow color and industrially uses it for food coloring (E100). It is a potent antioxidant and a potent anti-inflammatory agent.

In our opinion, turmeric’s powerful anti-inflammatory properties may be the reason that the health benefits of turmeric extend so full.

Health experts believe that inflammation is often at the root of the overwhelming majority of severe health conditions.

Controlling Inflammation

That should be our priority if we want good health.

Antioxidants, as we all know, play an essential role in preventing free radicals from damaging our body’s cells.
Also, free radical damage often results in chronic systematic inflammation.

The Health Benefits of Turmeric which are indicated by some clinical studies:

Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, studies are now suggesting that turmeric help with arthritis. Painful inflammation of the joints characterizes arthritis (1).

The anti-inflammatory effect of curcumin is useful to treat inflammation caused gastrointestinal conditions, like Chron disease and irritable bowel syndrome.

It is believed to help with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
Alzheimer’s is a lot rarer in India than it is in the United States and turmeric is used a lot in their diet.
Research has shown that in some towns and villages in India where turmeric use is exceptionally high, there are almost no cases of Alzheimer’s.

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Curcumin may reduce the symptoms of depression, improves memory and cognitive functions.

The antioxidant properties of turmeric delay the aging process by preventing cell degeneration caused by free radicals.

Turmeric help improving Metabolic syndrome:

  • Lowering cholesterol levels in the blood and lessen the risk of heart disease.
  • Prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes.
  • Lower blood sugar and increases glucose metabolism.
  • You are losing excess weight because it raises the rate of metabolism and burns fat deposits.

It is now also studied for a possible role in protecting against certain types of cancer, such as skin cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, colorectal cancer. The preliminary evidence so far is promising, but its effectiveness isn’t confirmed.

Also, it may be useful for relieving symptoms of hay fever, and gum disease.

Another illness that this spice may have some potential is psoriasis, which is a scaly, painful, and not a very pretty skin condition.

Other health benefits

  • Turmeric is may be able to treat bronchitis and asthma.
  • It initiates a regular menstrual cycle and reduces menstrual cramps.
  • Turmeric speeds up the healing process and reduces inflammation of wounds on the skin.

The major problem with ingesting curcumin by itself is its poor bioavailability; therefore if you want to gain any health benefits from it, you have to take it in the form of a supplement.

Reference:

  1. “Efficacy of Turmeric Extracts and Curcumin for Alleviating the Symptoms of Joint Arthritis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials” | NCBI | https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5003001/
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