Turmeric in its raw form looks similar to ginger on the outside. It is usually boiled and dried in the sun prior to being ground down into a bright yellow powder that we all recognise. The plant is called ‘Curcuma Longa’ and is mainly found in southeast Asia and India. The curcumin compound found within turmeric is the magic ingredient that can alleviate and improve many ailments and conditions.
Fights free radicals and boosts anti-oxidants
Antioxidants protect your body from ‘free radicals’. These free radicals are considered a health risk because they attack healthy cells, proteins and DNA. Free radicals can come from a number of toxic things such as radiation, diet, smoking etc. The consequences of free radicals which are not protected by antioxidants range from aging skin to serious cancers. Curcumin is a strong antioxidant which not only neutralises free radicals but also encourages activity of your body’s own antioxidant enzymes.
Curcumin has strong anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown that it has the same if not higher level of anti-inflammatory effect than taking anti-inflammatory medicine. When applied to skin turmeric based products soothe and calm.
Boosts brain power and fights brain disease
Brain function is determined by the creation of new connections between neurons, via brain growth hormone. When the level of growth hormone is low research has shown that there is a link between this and brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and depression .
The curcumin is now known to increase levels of brain growth hormone , effectively stalling or even reversing brain disease and malfunction. Another active ingredient in turmeric is turmerone, which research shows supports cognitive performance.
Lowers risk of heart disease
Heart disease is the biggest cause of death worldwide. Curcumin is said to have a positive effect on heart disease and improve function in the lining of the blood vessels which in turn allows the body to better regulate blood pressure and minimise the risk of blood clotting. Turmeric also maintains the health of the heart via neutralisation of free radicals.
Evens and brightens your skin tone
If you look at popular skincare brands most use turmeric in their products especially if they are an organic skincare brand. Although turmeric being used for skin care is relatively new in the western world, in the place where turmeric grows people have been using turmeric to improve their complexion for many many years.
Stimulates hair growth and thickens hair
Turmeric also works as a gentle exfoliator and cleanser for the scalp. It can help to reduce hair loss and improve the condition of your hair. Turmeric is one natural ingredient that invigorates the scalp while remaining gentle on delicate skin. As turmeric revitalises the scalp, it makes way for healthy hair to grow.
Natural pain killer
Turmeric is a natural effective pain killer, containing polyphenol, a powerful antioxidant to free radical damage. The anti-inflammatory property in curcumin can help reduce pain as well as aiding post-surgical pain and burn injuries. Turmeric can also be used to ease symptoms of arthritis, heartburn, stomach pain, diarrhoea, gas, liver problems, gallbladder issues and headaches.
Can help your digestive system
Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant capability benefits sufferers of IBS and digestive issues. The digestive tract can be prone to bacterial infections which cause pain, diarrhoea, constipation and bloating. Turmeric is an effective digestive aid, but also protects the digestive tract.
Treats and relieves arthritis symptoms and joint pain
The anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric help alleviate symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. A number of clinical trials suggest that turmeric provides long term improvement in pain and function and reduces joint pain and swelling more effectively than anti-inflammatory medicine.
NOTE: The above is not medical advice . Although turmeric has all these benefits, it is advised that you use any supplement with caution in conjunction with other medications. If you are unsure before consuming or using turmeric for the above reasons you should first consult with your GP.
We’ll be sure to publish a good golden milk recipe soon, it’s a great way to get your turmeric in without a full blown curry 🙂
Who doesn’t love Turmeric as a medicine x I’m just going to admit I call it tumeric though LOL
Good old turmeric! It is the cure for all ailments in my mums book… along with vicks! Jokes aside, I am a firm believer in the benefits of turmeric and sneak it into my kids food any which way I can.