Turmeric is a rhizomatous herb, a perennial plant, belongs to the ginger family. Turmeric has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and for it’s medicinal values. The Curcumin present in Turmeric is known for it’s anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and antiseptic properties.1)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3633300/.
We present you the 8 incredible health benefits of turmeric, with references to scientific studies.
Turmeric Boosts Cognitive function
Curcumin protects brain cells, though how curcumin exerts it’s effect is not certain, is seems to reduce brain inflammation, the major reason for Alzheimer’s disease.
Studies show that due to various effects of curcumin, and it’s anti-inflammatory properties and decreased microglia2)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3277080/ formation, the overall memory of patients with Alzheimer’s have improved.3)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2781139/
Turmeric Fights Inflammation
Curcumin is a natural anti-inflammatory compound, that has been proven to significantly lower the levels of inflammatory markers4)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19594223.
Research shows that chronic(long-term) inflammation is the reason behind major health problems like heart disease, cancer and metabolic syndrome. 5)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12490960,6)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12490959.
Curcumin prevents inflammation at the molecular level, it prevents NF-kB a molecule that binds with DNA and causes gene related inflammation. 7)http://www.jbc.org/content/270/42/24995.full.
Turmeric Supports Cardiovascular Functions
The main reason for the development of heart disease is metabolic syndrome, which includes abdominal obesity, hypertension and glucose intolerance. Curcumin acts through multiple pathways, acts as a multi targeted supplement, reducing the cardiovascular disease risks.8)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28192240,9)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28012169.
Human studies have shown that Curcumin reduces chronic inflammation caused by obesity and metabolic syndrome.
Turmeric Gives You a Radiant Skin
Curcumin promotes soft, smooth, glowing skin and fights fine lines and wrinkles10)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27213821, the anti-inflammatory properties of Turmeric revives your skin and brings out the natural glow.
It can help in healing wounds, by decreasing inflammation and oxidation, and studies show that curcumin enhances tissue formation and collagen deposition11)https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0024320514007036.
Turmeric Supports Joint and Muscle Health
Curcumin promotes a healthy inflammatory response and eases aches and pains. Studies show that Curcumin relieves from pain for those who are suffering with arthritis and osteoarthritis, reduces morning stiffness and joint swelling12)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22407780.
Studies show that 500mg of curcumin extract every day had reduced the WOMAC13)Western Ontario and McMasterUniversities Arthritis Index score by 58%.14)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20657536.
Turmeric Detoxifies Liver and Organs
Turmeric accelerates the cleansing and optimizes the function of your Liver, Gut and colon. Curcumin stimulates the production of bile, which is used by the liver to eliminate toxins. Turmeric removes cholesterol from liver and saves you from fatty liver disease15)https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF01088486.
Turmeric helps to prevent liver cirrhosis, studies have shown that curcumin reduces oxidative stress and control liver damage16)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17355460.
Turmeric Promotes Healthy Mood Balances
Curcumin has been shown to be an extremely effective natural mood enhancer. Studies show that turmeric is effective against depression and anxiety. Curcumin relieves you from acute anxiety and enhances the effect of antidepressants17)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26066335.
Curcumin helps in balancing the serotonin and dopamine levels, enhances the production of glutathione an essential anti-oxidant for brain health.
Turmeric Promotes Weight Loss Naturally
Curcumin can enhance wright loss when combined with healthy diet and exercise. Turmeric is rich in vitamins B and C, α-linolenic acid, omega-3 fatty acids, sodium, potassium and natural fibers.
Curcumin prevents the accumulation of fat in adipose tissues and triggers fat loss18)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3144156/,19)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19297423.
Turmeric is a natural Antibiotic, Anti-inflammatory and Antiseptic, helps in detoxification of liver and promotes healthy immune response to allergens, helps in digestion and helps in detoxification of lungs. Contains a flavonoid called “CURCUMIN” which boosts the immunity of the body naturally.
You can read more on the preparation of Golden Milk or Turmeric Milk Latte, to increase the vitality of your body and boost your immunity.
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