I remember the first time I ever knowingly tried turmeric. Turmer-what? Ter-mer-ick, a spice originating from Southwest India.
One of my best friends (of Punjabi and Pakastani roots) convinced me to mix a teaspoon of the burnt yellow-colored powder with a tablespoon of honey to get rid of a cough.
Little did I know, she was doing me a huge favor. There are tons of health benefits in turmeric! I gave it a gulp and have been a fan ever since.
7 Amazing Health Benefits of Turmeric
One of the most medically-potent herbs in the world, turmeric has bountiful health benefits, including cancer prevention, anti-inflammatory properties, and protection against Alzheimer’s, to name a few.
Known as haldi, Turmeric is found in some of your favorite Indian, Middle Eastern, and Persian dishes. Now, you can learn about seven of its known health benefits.
One of the best-known benefits of turmeric is its anti-inflammatory properties. Low-level inflammation plays a role in many Western chronic diseases, like heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, and various degenerative conditions. Consumption of turmeric can help.
Turmeric is filled with compounds called curcuminoids, of which curcumin is the most important. Curcumin, which gives turmeric its anti-inflammatory power, is the active ingredient in turmeric, and is a very strong antioxidant. It is said to be as powerful as over-the-counter ibuprofen.
To help absorb curcumin, eat turmeric with equal parts black pepper. This is easy to do if you are cooking with this super yellow root.
Use It As An Exfoliant For Skin Care
Actress Thandie Newton recently called turmeric her “secret beauty weapon.” Why? Turmeric is high in antioxidants that slow down cell damage and can be used as an exfoliant. Even with any inflammatory skin condition such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema, turmeric can be a good treatment. As it reduces pigmentation, it evens out the skin tone and can help diminish wrinkles. Next time you DIY a body scrub or face mask, add a scoop of turmeric to receive some of its fantastic health benefits.
It Fights Against Cancer
Turmeric helps to eliminate free radicals and in turn, helps prevent cancer. It suppresses cancer proliferation, including cancer cell death.
It Can Serve As A Cold And Cough Remedy
Have a sore throat or a cough? Try adding turmeric to hot tea or soup. Because turmeric is rich in curcumin and oils that have protective and therapeutic powers, it can be used to ease your cough and cold. With its anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, turmeric can help fight infections as well.
My best friend’s mom, who is Punjabi and Pakastani, has a great turmeric milk recipe for colds and coughs. Haldi doodh (turmeric milk or golden milk) is best taken at the onset of a cold, when you feel your throat is itchy and scratchy. Check out her recipe below.
GOLDEN MILK RECIPE
8 oz. of milk (your choice of almond, coconut, soy, or regular milk)
1 teaspoon of turmeric
Add the turmeric to the milk. Stir until smooth. Boil the mixture and drink while hot. Add honey to sweeten.
It Helps To Relieve Pain
Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric can help relieve bodily pains and even arthritis. Arthritis is characterized by joint inflammation and because curcumin is potent in anti-inflammatory agents, turmeric can help treat symptoms of arthritis, and in some cases, is more effective than other anti-inflammatory drugs.
It Detoxes And Cleanses Your Liver
Curcumin has been connected to liver health as many studies have linked it to helping to combat liver cancer and liver fibroids. Turmeric can help enzymes flush dietary carcinogens and protects against liver damage and help in the regeneration of affected liver cells.
It Boosts Brain Power
The list of health benefits turmeric has on the body goes on and on. Turmeric has also been shown to be able to fight Alzheimer’s disease. The risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in Middle Eastern countries in 25% lower than in the United States. Some believe this is because of the higher consumption of turmeric.
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