Turmeric or Haldi as it is called is an imperative ingredient used in Indian kitchens and Indian weddings. Both the kitchen and a wedding is incomplete without ample turmeric. It is a wonder spice that has been used in India since ages remembered. Though turmeric is used in store-bought powder form in the urban regions, in rural areas people still prefer going by the traditional method of extracting it from the roots. In Ayurveda, turmeric has been valued as an antiseptic medicine for over 4,000 years and is considered as one of the oldest known medicine in the history of mankind.
5 interesting turmeric facts:
- Turmeric is native to India although there have been debates of whether it originated in south India or the western part of the nation.
- India is the largest producer and exporter of turmeric.
- It is a root herb of the ginger family and it is the curcumin agent that gives both the color and the antiseptic property.
- Since ages, turmeric has been considered as natural anti-venom to King Cobra bites.
- Turmeric helps you get rid of excess body hair naturally.
5 amazing health benefits of turmeric:
While India was and is an ardent believer of the many holistic benefits of turmeric, the Western world also has embraced this wonder spice for its many benefits. Here are the top 8 health benefits of turmeric proven by scientific research:
1. Anti-inflammatory property
Turmeric has the compound curcumin that is known for its natural anti-inflammatory properties. It combats foreign invaders and also helps in repairing cellular damage. Joint pains and other bone conditions like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can be effectively treated by daily consumption of turmeric.
However, turmeric alone cannot treat arthritis issues. It might just give some soothing relief in accompaniment with medications.
2. Reduces the risk of cancer
Since turmeric is rich in antioxidants, it may help in cancer resistance. Chemotherapy treatments have innumerable debilitating side effects on a patient’s health and it not just kills the cancer cells but also the healthy cells surrounding them. But Ayurveda has proven studies that turmeric is an effective natural alternative that not just alleviates cancer development but also kills cancer cells completely. It also strengthens the body to fight cancer cells as it combats chronic inflammation.
3. Strengthens the immune system
A strong immune system is synonymous to good health. But little do we realize that an even stronger digestive system is imperative for a strong immune system. Turmeric aids the digestive system to relieve the body of all the toxins and absorb the essential nutrients from food. This keeps the body free from all microbes, bacteria, and virus maintaining a better functioning of the digestive system. A proper absorption of food supports the body’s immunity and imparts optimal health.
4. Improves brain function
Another essential compound present in turmeric besides curcumin is aromatic turmerone. Recent studies have found that this compound is highly effective in treating neuro-degeneration. It is said to repair the stem cells of the brain that can help to recover from neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and stroke. Medical research has also shown that regular consumption of turmeric can also improve memory in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
5. Detoxifies liver
It gets difficult to maintain a good liver health given the toxins that we consume every day in the form of fat-laden food or alcohol or frozen food with preservatives. Turmeric naturally rids the liver of all the toxins due to its antioxidant properties. It breaks down the toxins in the liver and promotes blood circulation that treats fatty liver disease.
(Read more home remedies to treat fatty liver disease)
Include turmeric in your diet daily for optimal health benefits. You may also add turmeric capsule as one of your daily supplement.
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