Turmeric (Curcuma longa) the Golden Spice has been hailed as superfood not just by healers of the past but also by the modern scientific community. Indian traditional medicine, Ayurveda recommends the use of this super spice in foods not only to add aroma, colour and flavor but also because of its potential medicinal value. Curcumin the active component in turmeric gives it its strong anti-oxidant, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. An exponential research and studies have evaluated it not just as a potential natural cure for a range of ailments but also as a preventive and immunity booster. Turmeric possesses an enormous amount of healing properties, here are the top 10 that have been proven by scientific studies;
Its main component; Curcumin, inhibits the release of histamine. This lends it extraordinary allergy-fighting properties and is thus wonderful for eczema sufferers, asthma patients and for anyone with an allergy-related condition.
Turmeric aids greatly in reducing inflammation in the body thus helping to reduce pain and halt the incessant damage caused by the inflammation. This is a boon when dealing with ailments like arthritis, eczema, allergies, autoimmune diseases, digestive problems, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple scleroses, psoriasis, fibromyalgia and skin issues.
Compelling research hails Turmeric as one of the best cancer fighting foods! Curcumin has been seen to identify potential cancer cells, inhibit certain cancer cells, restrain or slow the growth and spread of some cancers, destroy cancer cells and provide an anti-inflammatory response. Clinical findings advocate that people who regularly consume turmeric have lower of risk every type of cancer.
Ayurvedic practitioners have traditionally used Turmeric for treating many skin ailments. It is anti-aging, improves elasticity, lightens pigmentation, cures acne and its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties help to treat many skin conditions, including acne and psoriasis.
Numerous studies have shown turmeric to be effective in cleansing, healing and protecting the liver. It is also very effective not only in combating liver cancer but even in regeneration of affected liver cells.
Numerous studies have shown that Turmeric has an anti diabetic impact by reducing the serum fatty acid through the possible assistance of oxidation and utilization. Regular intake of turmeric has also been proved to decrease the risk of diabetes mellitus especially type 2 diabetes. The anti glycaemic properties help the body in preventing diabetes.
Curcuminoids the active ingredient of Turmeric can protect against strokes and heart attacks. The spice also effectively breaks up the cholesterol that can cause blocked arteries.
The antibacterial, anti-viral and antiseptic action of turmeric makes it effective to treat common upper respiratory disorders like colds, coughs and flus. It clears the sinuses and speeds the process of decongestion.
Alzheimer’s and dementia
Numerous research has linked the daily consumption of turmeric in the diet in helping to preserve memory and even slowing down of cognitive impairment. This along with its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant powers and its ability to inhibit the formation of beta-amyloid plaques in brain cells makes it very useful in treating
Turmeric has been long used in the traditional Indian medicine to provide fast relief from cuts, burns and inflammation. Dusting turmeric powder on open wounds and burns is known to speed up the healing process. It can be applied topically to reduce pains.
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