The Health Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric is a warm, yellow spice used in Middle Eastern and Indian households. It gives curries their bold coloring and adds a distinctive flavor of ginger and pepper to food. It is a famous and well-used spice and is quickly making its way into kitchens worldwide. But did you know that besides strong flavor and bold color, turmeric is also known to have many health benefits?

The Health Benefits of Turmeric:

  1. Antioxidant- turmeric is a known antioxidant. Antioxidants are known to neutralize free radicals (which damage your cells) and prevent the damage from the free radicals. Free radicals are a known cause of cancer.
  2. Infections- Studies suggest that turmeric is antiviral and antibacterial.
  3. Indigestion- Recent studies have shown that turmeric has helped to relieve the symptoms of those who experience bloating and gas from indigestion.
  4. Diabetes- Research has shown that turmeric helps with cholesterol levels as well as blood sugar levels.
  5. Cuts and Burns- Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial, good to use for cuts and burns.
  6. Skin- Turmeric aides in fixing damaged skin.
  7. Psoriasis- Turmeric may help with psoriasis and other skin conditions.
  8. Inflammation- Turmeric may help relieve the symptoms of bodily inflammation such as arthritis.
  9. Pain- Turmeric is a natural painkiller.
  10. Blood- Studies have shown that turmeric may help reduce the risk of blood clots.
  11. Heart- Using turmeric has shown that it may help prevent plaque build-up in the arteries that can cause strokes or heart attacks.
  12. Liver- Turmeric helps to detoxify your liver.
  13. Cancer- Curcumin is part of turmeric and studies have shown that curcumin may help prevent cancer. Curcumin stops the blood vessels of tumors from growing.
  14. Eyes- Turmeric may help with uveitis, which is the inflammation of the eye.
  15. Multiple sclerosis- Studies with mice have shown turmeric slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis.
  16. Depression- Chinese medicine has used turmeric as an aide in reducing depression.
  17. Weight loss- Turmeric is known to help your metabolism and prevent weight gain.
  18. Brain- Turmeric may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease by removing plaque build-up in the brain.
  19. Teeth- Turmeric is known to reduce the pain in toothaches.
  20. Nutrition- Turmeric is a great source of magnesium, iron, vitamin B6, fiber, and potassium, which are all needed to help your body function at it’s best.

It’s always important to take the daily-recommended dose of turmeric, which in dried, powdered form is 1-3 grams per day. Talk to your doctor about the benefits of turmeric and how to incorporate turmeric and more healthy spices into your regular nutritional regime. Experiment with fun foreign dishes and you’ll taste the benefits of turmeric.  Who knew being healthy could taste so good?

Sources: Health and University of Maryland Medical Center.

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