Turmeric is a very powerful herb which has been used in India for thousands of years. Growing up, turmeric was always present in our household. Primarily used as a spice for cooking mum's delicious curries, it was also used to treat many ailments from small cuts to treating a common cold.
Recently there has been a lot of focus on the properties of turmeric. Many studies have shown that it has benefits for your body and brain. There have been over 6000 reviews and studies published, proving the benefits of turmeric.
Turmeric contains compounds called curcuminoids - the most important of which is curcumin. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric and is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Here are just a few of the benefits that turmeric is believed to provide:
Chronic, low-level inflammation plays a big part in many diseases. This includes heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s. Curcumin can inhibit many molecules known to play major roles in inflammation, thus helping fight these diseases.
Antioxidant & Anti-Ageing
Wrinkles and sagging of skin occur generally due to loss of collagen (a structural protein that maintains a firm tissue), loss of fat tissue and gravitational force acting on the skin. A common solution recommended by dermatologists is eating a diet rich in antioxidants. Curcuminoids present in turmeric are strong antioxidants.
Curcumin boosts levels of the brain hormone BDNF, which increases the growth of new neurons and fights various degenerative processes in the brain.
Curcumin has beneficial effects on several factors known to play a role in heart disease. It improves the function of the endothelium and is a potent anti-inflammatory agent and antioxidant.
Curcumin can reduce the growth of cancerous cells in the laboratory and inhibit the growth of tumours in test animals. Whether high-dose curcumin can help treat cancer in humans has yet to be appropriately tested. However, there is some evidence that it may help prevent cancer from occurring in the first place.
There are many other beliefs that turmeric can help with diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, depression and high cholesterol.
It seems turmeric is indeed a miracle herb and can help in maintaining your health. If you have not started taking turmeric yet, start it now.
As with all herbal remedies, please consult your GP or practitioner before taking any supplements.