7 Amazing Health Benefits of Turmeric
I’ve been reading up on medicinal herbs lately because of the research for my infographic about how to grow herbs in pots. There’s so much good information on Turmeric, I thought it deserved it’s own post.
Turmeric originates from the Curcuma plant, and is commonly known for its spiciness and use in curried dishes. While extensively used in both Chinese and Indian cultures, Western medicine has been slow to notice the health benefits of this pungent herb. Read on to learn seven amazing health benefits of Turmeric:
Turmeric has long been used for its anti-inflammatory properties in Eastern cultures, and it’s anti-inflammatory capabilities have been scientifically proven. Controlling inflammation helps the body to fight infection and repair itself. Curcumin, the oil derived from turmeric, has been studied in numerous experiments and has been shown to be as effective as many anti-inflammatory drugs. The key difference is there are no side effects associated with curcumin oil. This is good news for those who suffer from joint conditions, such as arthritis, where inflammation plays a key role in exacerbating chronic pain.
Treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease affect many people worldwide and seem to be on the rise. Although researchers are not entirely sure how it works, studies in mice show that curcumin oil improved cell functions and reduced symptoms. Certain symptoms were almost completely removed, such as those in mucosal ulceration.
Indigestion and Heartburn Relief
Turmeric has also been shown to help with the sometimes painful conditions of indigestion and heartburn and is often prescribed in Germany to alleviate symptoms. Turmeric stimulates the gallbladder and increases bile production.
Studies have shown Turmeric provides a protective effect for the heart. Initial research shows that this herb can help reduce the plaque build-up in the heart, a key contributor to heart attacks. Turmeric may also help to prevent oxidized cholesterol that damages blood vessels, a contributing factor in many types of heart disease, such as heart attacks, atherosclerosis, and strokes.
Turmeric Can Delay Diabetes
Research has shown that Turmeric can actually delay the onset of diabetes. In one study, participants were given either a placebo or curcumin tablets and tracked. At the end of the study, not one participant who had taken the curcumin had developed diabetes. It is argued this finding is due to the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Turmeric has been shown to have important antioxidant properties, which may help to protect cells against cancer, particularly for cells in the colon. Turmeric can help to protect vulnerable cells against free radicals, which can be harmful to the body. Moreover, turmeric can help the body to expel mutated cells that may have developed cancer already. Studies continue to determine how turmeric can help with cancer prevention.
Turmeric Helps to Lower Cholesterol
High cholesterol is a common disorder and has been linked to many different and serious disorders. Initial research shows that the curcumin oil in turmeric helps to lower cholesterol levels. It works on the liver by encouraging it to produce more receptors that produce lower cholesterol.
Whether by eating your favorite curry or taking a supplement, you’ll enjoy amazing health benefits by adding Turmeric to your diet.*
*If in doubt, check with your medical professional before adding extra turmeric to your diet. In some cases, it may interfere with medications and cause negative effects. For instance, its ability to slow blood clotting could be dangerous for anyone taking anticoagulant medication.
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