Can you imagine an Indian dish without turmeric? It forms an integral part of Indian cuisine. But, apart from being used as an ingredient in cooking, turmeric offers many health benefits. Turmeric contains more than 300 antioxidants, which makes turmeric a powerful healer. But turmeric not just heals you from inside; it also makes you more beautiful! It also works as a fairness agent. But is that all? Do all the 300 antioxidants work just to make us fairer? Not at all! It has several other benefits too!
What is Turmeric Powder?
Turmeric powder is a bright yellow powder made by dry grinding of mature turmeric rhizomes (underground stems). The use of turmeric for coloring and flavoring food, for cosmetic purposes and for medicinal properties dates back to the ancient Vedic culture of India.
Health Benefits of Turmeric.
1 . Anti- Cancerous Property:
We all know that cancer is a dangerous disease. However, only a few of us are aware of the fact that its prevention is present in our kitchen itself. Turmeric possesses anti-cancerous property which can be attributed to the presence of a chemical called curcumin that not only kills cancer cells but also prevents their formation and growth. Turmeric has been found effective in preventing stomach, lung, colon, prostate, skin, breast, and liver cancers. You can incorporate turmeric in your diet to prevent cancer.
2. Liver Health:
Turmeric is good for liver health. It is a natural detoxifier. It removes toxic substances from the blood by producing several enzymes. Turmeric intake stimulates these enzyme production and helps in eliminating toxic substances from the body. Its intake repairs damaged cells of the liver and fights several liver problems like cirrhosis, hepatitis and jaundice.
3. Alzheimer’s Disease:
Alzheimer’s (brain disease) is a form of dementia, which mostly occurs in old people. Turmeric is effective in preventing and treating Alzheimer’s disease as it decreases the plaque level in the brain and stimulates oxygen flow in the brain. It prevents neuron from degenerating, prevents memory loss and reduces inflammation.
Turmeric helps in treating indigestion problem. It stimulates bile production, which is essential for proper digestion and fat absorption. It also helps in getting rid of heartburn, bloating, gas problem and eases bowel movement as well.
Turmeric helps to prevent various heart diseases like Atherosclerosis by clearing blocked arteries and reducing inflammation. It minimizes the risk of heart attacks and strokes by preventing plaque and reducing bad cholesterol. Overall turmeric use is conducive to heart health.
6. Relieves Arthritis:
Arthritis is a condition marked by joint inflammation. Though turmeric cannot entirely cure this condition, its anti- inflammatory property can definitely help in reducing joints inflammation and pain.
7. Lowers Cholesterol (LDL) :
Healthy cholesterol is important for heart health. High levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol can lead to various heart problems like heart attacks, strokes, atherosclerosis, etc. Apart from regular medications to control cholesterol level, the addition of turmeric to your diet lowers ‘bad’ cholesterol level (LDL) naturally, thus preventing several health issues caused by high cholesterol level.
8. Treatment of Diabetes:
Diabetes is a common condition nowadays, but it can be controlled by adding turmeric to your diet as it balances sugar level and maintains the insulin level. Its regular use can also prevent the onset of diabetes. However, it is advisable to consult your healthcare provider before its use if you are taking any diabetes medication.
9. Treatment of High Blood Pressure:
If you have high blood pressure you can incorporate turmeric in your diet as it lowers blood pressure naturally. Turmeric reduces inflammation, which is also a cause of high blood pressure and maintains blood flow of the heart. So turmeric can be a natural remedy for high blood pressure, but ensure to consult your physician before using it for this purpose.
10. Weight Loss:
Turmeric can be helpful for overweight people struggling to lose weight. Turmeric intake helps burn excessive fat by increasing your metabolism rate. Turmeric detoxifies your liver naturally, which is responsible for fat metabolism. As metabolism speeds up, calories burn faster.
11. Reduces Depression:
Turmeric has been found effective in reducing depression mainly due to its antioxidant and anti- inflammatory properties. Studies have shown that supplementing turmeric with anti-depressant drugs enhances their effectiveness.
12. Heals Wounds:
Turmeric is an age old remedy in India for healing wounds. Application of turmeric on bleeding or open wounds, reduces pain while its anti- inflammatory property reduces inflammation. Being an anti-biotic, turmeric kills the infectious bacteria of the wound.
13. Improves Immune System:
Healthy immune system means lesser number of health issues. The antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties of turmeric helps in killing various bacteria and fungus which are responsible for causing illnesses like cold, flu etc. Drinking a glass of turmeric milk is a natural way to improve your immunity.
14.Treatment of Diarrhea:
Turmeric can help you in treating diarrhea as its anti- bacterial and anti- viral properties help kill infectious bacteria, virus and parasites of intestine which cause diarrhea. For diarrhea treatment, you can mix turmeric powder in plain water or milk and drink it regularly.
15. Treatment of Headache:
Turmeric helps in reducing headaches like migraine, cluster headache, etc. due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. As headache is usually caused by nerve inflammation, the anti-inflammatory property reduces nerve inflammation and pain.
16. Antioxidant Property:
As stated above, the anti-oxidant property of turmeric helps eliminate free radicals from the body. Free radicals can cause several health problems like premature ageing, heart problems, skin diseases etc.
17. Treatment of Jaundice:
It is a common saying that you should not take yellow colored food when affected with jaundice. But surprisingly turmeric helps in jaundice treatment. In case of jaundice, you can drink a glass of warm water with a pinch of turmeric in it 2-3 times a day.
18. Treatment of Bronchitis:
Bronchitis is a disease characterized by lung passage inflammation. The anti-inflammatory property of turmeric reduces inflammation and helps in treating bronchitis. It also kills infectious bacteria which cause cold and flu along with bronchitis.
19. Eliminates Intestinal Worms:
Turmeric is an effective home remedy for removal of intestinal worms. If you are troubled with intestinal worms/parasites, all you need to do is take food with turmeric or drink a glass of water with turmeric for quick results.
20. Treatment of Conjunctivitis (Pink Eyes):
Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of conjunctiva (outer layer of the eye). Turmeric is used in its treatment as it helps in reducing inflammation of conjunctiva and its anti-biotic property reduces the symptoms. For the treatment of conjunctivitis, you can soak cotton balls in turmeric water (2 teaspoon in a cup of boiled water) and compress it on the affected eye.
Hope you got an abundant insight on turmeric benefits for health, skin and hair. Do you like to include this in your diet? Or have you already been aware of its usage? Do share your valuable comments with us.