Turmeric is a wonderful ingredient and forms a staple in our cooking. This brightly yellow-orange colored root has a strong fragrance and a unique taste that blends the punch of pepper and also carries the bitterness of citrus. It is termed as one of the most powerful of all spices and a quick “go to fix” for a number of health ailments. Here is a list of all the benefits that are associated with this spice.
Helps In Liver Detoxification: Turmeric includes antioxidants and anti-carcinogenic properties that help it to boost the production of important enzymes. These enzymes in turn aid in the process of breaking down of the toxins and flushing them out. Hence the important constituents found in turmeric are responsible for detoxification of our blood in the liver. Studies have also shown this spice to augment blood circulation and promote good liver health.
Provides Relief from Arthritic Pain: Anti-inflammatory properties found in turmeric is shown to treat osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis effectively. Free radicals present in the body causing damage to the cells can be destroyed with the regular use of turmeric as it contains antioxidants. People suffering from mild joint pains and inflammation are often recommended by doctors to consume this spice on a daily basis to relieve them of the pain.
Boosts Your Brain Power: The presence of curcumin – aromatic turmerone or ar-turmerone in turmeric is shown to have a significant impact on the repair system of the stem cells inside the brain. Patients with neurodegenerative diseases like stroke and Alzheimer’s are suggested taking the powdered compound form of turmeric to help in stem cell repair and to speed up their recovery. Curcumin is also shown by several scientific studies to augment memory retention and thus considered a powerful medicine for patients with memory loss diseases.
Aids In Digestion: Raw consumption of turmeric is said to have a good effect on the digestive system. Major constituents of this powdered form stimulate the gallbladder to produce bile, thereby making the digestive process to carry out its functions smoothly. People with problems like gas, acidity, indigestion and bloating can get some relief with the regular use of turmeric.
Moderates Insulin Levels: Pre-diabetes and diabetes patients can get some help in moderating their insulin levels in the blood with the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of curcumin. Some scientific reports have also found this powerful spice to be helpful in delaying the onset of Type 2 diabetes in people with higher chances of getting this disease.
Helps Boost Immunity: Turmeric boosts the human immune functions with the active ingredients – Lipopolysaccharide found in it. A spoon of turmeric powder along with milk consumed daily also helps in fighting off cold, flu and other diseases.
It is for its antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal agents that turmeric is considered to be the most powerful of all spices. Most Indians swear by its use for combating several health ailments and it does work wonders to promote holistic wellness of the body.