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Health Benefits of Turmeric & Curcumin

Turmeric, a dear cousin to Ginger is a root that is known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also one of the most powerful Ayurveda spices of all. Haldi (Indian name for Turmeric) is a go-to ingredient for most home remedies for its healing properties and health benefits.

Turmeric has many health benefits well documented by science. Turmeric health benefits come from its secret weapon Curcumin which is a compound contained in turmeric.

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The benefits associated with turmeric are often the result of the curcuminoids it contains. The most common curcuminoid is curcumin. Curcumin improves digestion of fats and sugars and helps the digestive system and is useful in many other ways.    

Most people might confuse Turmeric and Curcumin. Curcumin is the compound contained in turmeric, and the root is the Turmeric.

Turmeric lowers the risk of heart diseases

Heart disease is one of the biggest reason for fatality in the world. Curcumin has a  cardioprotective nature. Curcumin helps reverse many steps in heart disease by improving the function of the blood vessels. Curcumin seems to be as effective as exercise when it comes to heart health.

Strokes and heart attacks are mostly a result of blood clots in the arteries, Turmeric can prevent clot formation and reduces the risk of heart attacks. Turmeric can help in reducing inflammation, lowering cholesterol which benefits heart health and reduces the risk of heart diseases.

Turmeric fights against depression

Millions of people across the globe suffer from depression. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is a common illness and the leading cause of disability across the globe.

A recent study “Efficacy and Safety of Curcumin in Major Depressive Disorder” concluded that curcumin is effective to treat Major depressive disorders. The research concluded that curcumin may be used as an effective and safe modality for treatment of the major depressive disorder.

Depression results in a decrease in BDNF levels and curcumin decreases the depressive symptoms by increasing BDNF levels. Promoting BDNF levels helps to protect cognition and memory from the deleterious effects of depression and stress. Researchers concluded that curcumin is an effective antidepressant.

Turmeric helps to improve your memory:

A research by American Journal of Epidemiology has found that people who eat more Turmeric in curry score higher on cognitive function tests than those who don’t eat Turmeric.

Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory effects might protect the brain from memory-related diseases like Alzheimer’s. Turmeric prevents oxidative stress and protects the brain from stroke or brain injury. Turmeric also protects the brain from degenerative disorders.

Turmeric is helpful in preventing cancer

Curcumin interferes with the cancer development in the body by fighting against cancer and in boosting the effects of chemotherapy. Turmeric helps in fighting against various cancers including lung cancer, leukemia, neurological cancers, lymphoma, ovarian cancer,  breast cancer, gastrointestinal cancers, head and neck cancers, melanoma, and genitourinary cancers. Turmeric also helps prevent prostate cancer by interfering with the spread of cancer cells reducing the expression of sex hormone receptors in the prostate gland.

Turmeric is helpful in cancer prevention because of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties by stopping the development of cancer by interfering with the cellular signaling.

Curcumin is absorbed into the colon lining and fights against cancerous tissues in the colon.

Turmeric fights Obesity

Turmeric accelerates metabolism rate and helps our body to burn calories that lead to weight loss. Consuming turmeric in various forms is one such effective method of weight loss. Obesity puts you at a higher risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Curcumin suppresses inflammatory helps in fighting Obesity.

Turmeric is also useful in detoxifying the liver resulting in weight loss and reducing bad cholesterol levels. Turmeric produces enzymes which detoxify the blood in the liver by improving the blood circulation thus promoting good liver health.

Turmeric improves stomach health and digestion

Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant action is found to protect the digestive tract from bacterial infections. Turmeric helps in relieving bloating and is effective in promoting healthy digestion.

Turmeric stimulates the gallbladder to produce bile, which helps the digestive system. It is also known to reduce gastric issues. Turmeric also helps people with Irritable bowel by soothing intestinal spasm and pain.

Turmeric works wonders in our diet either in the form of a herb, tea, or a supplement. One must ensure to maintain the required dosage of Turmeric. Indian cooking has countless uses for turmeric in their dishes. This spice can be added to a variety of dishes like curries, smoothies, warm milk, etc to improve the quality of our lives.

 

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