What is Turmeric?

Turmeric is the root stalk of a tropical plant that's part of the ginger family. One of the main components of the spice is a substance called curcumin which has potentially healing properties. Turmeric is a spice that comes from the turmeric plant. It is commonly used in Asian food. Turmeric is well known as the main spice in curry. It has a warm, bitter taste and is frequently used to flavour or colour curry powders, mustards, butters, and cheeses. 


What are the benefits of turmeric?

It is also loaded with many healthy nutrients such as protein, dietary fibre, niacin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc. Due to all these factors, turmeric is often used to treat a wide variety of health problems. The root of turmeric is also used widely to make medicine. It contains a yellow-colored chemical called curcumin, which is often used to colour foods and cosmetics.  It is also available in supplements at chemists and health food shops.  


Fights Inflammation

The anti-inflammatory properties in turmeric are great for treating both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, turmeric’s antioxidant property destroys free radicals in the body that damage body cells. It has been found that those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis who consume turmeric on a regular basis experience much relief from the moderate to mild joint pains as well as joint inflammation.


Controls Diabetes

Turmeric can be used in the treatment of diabetes by helping to moderate insulin levels. It also improves glucose control and increases the effect of medications used to treat diabetes. Another significant benefit is turmeric’s effectiveness in helping reduce insulin resistance, which may prevent the onset of Type-2 diabetes. However, when combined with strong medications, turmeric can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). It is best to consult a healthcare professional before taking turmeric capsules.


Helps Boost Immunity

Turmeric contains a substance known as lipopolysaccharide, which helps stimulate the body’s immune system. Its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agents also help strengthen the immune system. A strong immune system lessens the chance of suffering from colds, flu and coughs. 


Heals Wounds

Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent and can be used as an effective disinfectant. If you have a cut or burn, you can sprinkle turmeric powder on the affected area to speed up the healing process. Turmeric also helps repair damaged skin and may be used to treat psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions. 


Prevents Liver Disease

Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent and can be used as an effective disinfectant. If you have a cut or burn, you can sprinkle turmeric powder on the affected area to speed up the healing process. Turmeric also helps repair damaged skin and may be used to treat psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.


Improves Skin Health

The spice turmeric; the anti-inflammatory properties in it can help restore weathered skin and prevent skin from looking tired and old. So, the next time you’re in the market for a skincare product, look for natural creations containing turmeric and can be used to treat various skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis.  


Promotes Weight Loss

Turmeric powder can be very helpful in maintaining an ideal body weight. A component present in turmeric helps increase the flow of bile, an important component in the breakdown of dietary fat. Those who wish to lose weight or treat obesity and other associated diseases can benefit from having one teaspoon of turmeric powder with every meal. 


Improves Digestion

Many key components in turmeric stimulate the gallbladder to produce bile, which then improves digestion and reduces symptoms of bloating and gas. Also, turmeric is helpful in treating most forms of inflammatory bowel disease including ulcerative colitis.


Helps Lower Cholesterol

Cholesterol lowering and cardiovascular protection – Curcumin acts to lower total cholesterol levels and interestingly it has been shown to reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Equally important is its ability to prevent the peroxidation of lipids which results in the formation of plaque that adheres to the walls of arteries resulting in the ultimate narrowing and thus increasing the chances of cardiovascular concerns.


Promotes Brain Health

Brain Health – Inflammation in the body is responsible for the degeneration of many of the body’s vital structures including the heart and brain. Curcumin’s potent anti-inflammatory properties are theorised to offer protection against cognitive decline which occurs with age. The incidences of cognitive decline are markedly lower in populations whose diet includes turmeric and although full blown clinical studies need to be carried out to confirm this, it does nevertheless appear that there is a link between the ingestion of turmeric and brain protection.