16 Tantalizing Benefits of Turmeric to Protect Your Organs
When it comes to the yellow spice so coveted in Indian cuisine, Turmeric and its curcumin extract, never fail to deliver the health benefits promised. It is not just Indian delicacies that are graced with the presence of the spice either, but mustard, cheese and butter have it mixed in to gain their color.
Turmeric has been used in both Chinese and Ayurvedic traditional medicine. It’s not every day you come across a spice that has been recommended to be used to treat multiple ailments for over 4000 years. It stands proudly beside black pepper, oregano, saffron, cumin, and Sumac.
What do the traditional medicines use turmeric for?
• Relieving inflammation
• Treating digestive problems
• Treating liver problems
• Treating skin diseases
• Healing wounds
Modern research has also been fascinated by the health benefits of turmeric, with extensive studies devoted to the understanding of the abilities of this yellow spice.
Everyday problems and life-threatening diseases turmeric helps battle, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, include:
• Indigestion: Turmeric was found to reduce bloating and gas in people suffering from indigestion, as well as stimulating the gallbladder to produce bile to help improve digestion.
• Ulcerative Colitis: Turmeric helps keep this chronic disease in the digestive tract stay in remission up to 6 months, according to a double-blind placebo study.
• Heart Disease: When it comes to atherosclerosis, turmeric has shown a rather interesting ability to stop platelets from building up and blocking the blood flow in the arteries. In turn, it also reduces cholesterol levels. This is a study with conflicting results, however, and should not be relied on 100%.
• Cancer: As a strong antioxidant which protects cells from damage, studies have found that turmeric has anti-cancer properties which may help battle prostate, breast, skin, and colon cancer. Turmeric can be used as part of complementary therapies to the current modern treatments of cancer and not as an alternative… yet!
• Uveitis: Turmeric has shown strong evidence in its ability to reduce inflammation in the eye’s iris, with the curcumin element of turmeric being as effective as the corticosteroids prescribed.
Studies have shown that turmeric is effective for many other maladies and diseases as well:
• Depression: The curcumin component of turmeric has shown active antidepressant activities in people, especially when combined with black pepper, drastically improving one’s mood.
• Sleep Deprivation: Turmeric was found to help with sleep deprivation in mice, the curcumin as protection against the behaviour alteration that lack of rest brings on.
• Rift Valley Fever: A 2012 study found that turmeric actually managed to stop the potentially deadly virus from multiplying into the infected cells.
• Tendinitis: It’s already become clear that turmeric fights inflammation, so a study proving that the curcumin reduces the inflammation in tendons is to be expected. The intake of turmeric with tour meals can help keep your wrists
• Cognition: A study on Singaporeans has found that those who consumed curry with turmeric had better cognitive functioning than those who did not, reducing the rate of neurological decline
• Diabetes: When it comes to Type 2 Diabetes, turmeric improves blood glucose and insulin resistance as well as a decline in free fatty acids and hemoglobin A1c.
The benefits of turmeric are extraordinary. Have that spice on your shelf and use it in your cooking. You won’t regret it, and that’s a promise. Adding some of the other spices previously mentioned will only add to the benefits and ensure a healthy lifestyle, without the strain of disease or everyday ailments.
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