Health Benefits Of Turmeric Powder
“The Golden Spice Of Life”
Turmeric comes from the roots of the Curcuma Longa Plant.
Turmeric is a perennial herbaceous plant that reaches up to 1 m tall.
Turmeric grows wild in the forests of South and Southeast Asia.
The flowering time of this beautiful plant is usually in August.
Indian traditional medicine (Siddha) has recommended turmeric for medical use.
Turmeric is one of the key ingredients in Asian dishes, it’s the spice that gives curry its yellow.
Turmeric is known as auspicious and holy in India and is used in various Hindu ceremonies.
Turmeric is also very popular in India for weddings and religious ceremonies.
Turmeric has been used as a powerful anti-inflammatory in both the Indian and Chinese systems of medicine for many years. Turmeric was traditionally called ‘ Indian saffron’ because of its deep yellow to orange colour and has been used through history as a natural healing remedy. In Ayurvedic practices, the spice has been used to treat various disorders, such as indigestion, throat infections, common colds and liver problems. Just to mention a few of its applications.Turmeric is a great aid to improve cognitive function as well as it’s in use to cleanse wounds.
Although the list is much longer, I have selected the most surprising facts about the health benefits of turmeric powder. As you read on, please keep in mind that one of the most powerful advantages turmeric curcumin supplements have over the traditional medical approach is the lack of side effects. From teas and juices to capsule supplements, turmeric curcumin is popping up everywhere today. Allergy sufferer should always be careful with trying new supplements!
Dr Greg Cole (associate director of UCLA’s Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research) has spent many years studying curcumin as a treatment for brain diseases.Cole says Alzheimer’s is associated with the build-up of plaques in the brain, and turmeric curcumin seems to reduce these plaques. In India, where turmeric is a main ingredient of the national cuisine, Alzheimer’s appears to be less common than in other countries, Cole says. Genetics and other lifestyle factors make it tough to credit turmeric curcumin exclusively.
The evidence is promising. Could turmeric curcumin really become the better med? Let’s have a look at the most surprising facts I have found:
1. Inflammatory Response Process
Diseases nowadays such as cancer, arthritis, high cholesterol, ulcerative colitis and chronic pain can be the result of inflammation.Turmeric helps the body in fighting foreign invaders and in repairing damages. It turned out that turmeric curcumin supplements are highly anti-inflammatory, it is so powerful that it matches the effectiveness of some common anti-inflammatory drugs.
2. Joint And Muscle Pain Relief
One of the acknowledged properties of turmeric curcumin in scientific communities is its ability to manage pain.Turmeric curcumin supplements are right on top of my list of home remedies, particularly when it comes to helping reduce joint pain and stiffness that comes with arthritis.
I have been through an odyssey of painkillers during the last 3 years myself. If they have ever eased my pain – the side effects of all these pills were awful. And not just the physical side effects, can you imagine how your personality and attitude towards life changes under the influence of all these drugs? The day I did not recognise myself anymore was the last day I took any of these killer pills and started researching on ‘ The Better Med ‘ for myself. And so I became a great believer in turmeric curcumin supplements.
3. Mood Boost Supplement
Dozens of researchers have proven that turmeric curcumin is strongly effective in correcting depression symptoms in laboratory animals. Phytotherapy Research published the results of an amazing, innovative study this past year. The study took 60 volunteers diagnosed with depressive disorder, such as manic depression, and split the group to find out how patients treated with turmeric curcumin fared against Prozac and a combination of the two. Not only that all patients tolerated turmeric curcumin well, but they discovered as well that turmeric was as effective as Prozac in managing depression.
4. Prevent Blood Clots Naturally
Medical treatment generally includes various drugs, such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Diclofenac and others to slow and prevent blood clotting. Unfortunately, this approach may not always be the wisest decision. Ibuprofen overdose is one such common problem. In addition to side effects like excessive bleeding and haemorrhage, the risks associated with anticoagulants include everything from back pain to headaches to breathing difficulties.
Turmeric curcumin has relatively no known side effects unless taken in extremely excessive amounts, and has been suggested by researchers as actually being a better option for people with vascular thrombosis.
5. Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain Management
Because turmeric curcumin is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory and pain reducing characteristics, a study was conducted on 45 rheumatoid arthritis patients in order to compare the benefits of turmeric curcumin to arthritis drugs, that put people at risk of developing heart diseases.
The researchers made up 3 groups: Volunteers with curcumin treatment only – diclofenac sodium only – and a combination of these two. The results of the study were striking!
6. Lower Cholesterol Levels
One of the reasons heart disease is such a problem is that people are developing pre-diabetes (excessive blood sugar) at an alarming rate. Diabetes damages the inside of our blood vessels. Because of this damage to the arteries, cholesterol begins to build up to patch up the damaged areas, which leads to high levels of LDL cholesterol.
Statin drugs (Cholesterol treatment)are widely known to harm the kidneys and liver and cause a number of even possibly deadly side effects. Yes, they do bring the cholesterol level down but never do they get to the actual cause of the problem, the excessive blood sugar level. A study found that turmeric curcumin was equal or even more effective than diabetes medications at reducing oxidative stress and inflammation in the treatment of high cholesterol.
7. Diabetes Self Management
For lowering blood sugar and reversing insulin resistance there is just no better natural treatment than adding turmeric curcumin into your diet. Studies have shown that curcumin in turmeric is 400 times more potent than Metformin (a common diabetes drug) in activating AMPK which improves insulin sensitivity. In addition to correcting the causes of diabetes, curcumin has also been proven to reverse many of the problems related to insulin resistance.
8. Radiant Skin Care
And if you are in the very lucky situation to be fit, healthy and pain-free, how’s about a youthful radiant skin without spending a fortune on anti ageing products?
Nutrients in turmeric curcumin:
Calcium, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Potassium, Magnesium
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon milk
- 1 teaspoon honey
Mix the above ingredients thoroughly in a small bowl. Apply a thin amount of the face mask onto your clean face.
Wait for 10 minutes or until the face mask dries up completely.Rinse off with cool water and a mild facial cleanser. Pamper yourself with this easy homemade face mask once a week to keep your skin youthful and radiant.
Turmeric curcumin – truly the golden spice of life. Thanks a lot for paying attention to these health benefits of turmeric powder, wasn’t that quite fascinating? Amazing, what this inconspicuous yellow powder provides for our overall health (and beauty) and before we completely forget about cooking with turmeric, here’s a great site with turmeric recipes I have found: How to cook with turmeric, the super healthy trendy root
Take good care of yourself,
I love turmeric and its done great wonders to my face though. its basically the only facials I use.
This is awesome and so interesting! It’s amazing what help of one spice can do for your body. Nice work! Thanks for sharing this with the rest of us!
It’s like a miracle spice. Thanks for the link on how to cook with it, that is most useful.
I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about turmeric. I remember one time mistakenly getting turmeric instead of ginger in the grocery. I had no idea how to use turmeric then though so it kind of went to waste. I regret that now.
thank you for sharing I was delightfully surprised that what I considered simply a spice could do so much to help our health
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I love tumeric I tend to use it in a lot of dishes I make. I enjoy the taste and appreciate the health benefits tied to using it. Lots of great information in this article, thanks for sharing!
You know drinking hot turmeric milk at night helps in fighting cold as well as promotes hair growth. I drink it daily and my hair have grown much quickly then they used to. I didn’t knew that it works for diabetes. That’s definitely new too me. You have somehow managed to dig and find the best qualities of turmeric. Keep these interesting posts coming !!!
Turmeric is really one of those ingredients that brings a lot of health benefits. However, know that now all turmeric are the same. Where it comes from and the purity of the product differentiates one from the other.
I’ve a friend who is putting turmeric powder in his drink, he said that it has many health benefits. It is only now through this post that I was able to understand those health benefits though. So I realized my friend is onto something.
Excellent post about a spice that has such benefits for our body. I didn’t know it was that healthy. I only used it as a spice, but now I can use it for several reasons. Great to learn those facts about spices.
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I knew very little of how useful Turmeric is. Great write up, this one goes into my bucket list.
Thanks for sharing
Wow, I see why you were so busy today, what an amazing post. I have been taking it for some time and the issue of Inflammation is so important. I take the pills myself though such a small amount in cooking is useful too.
Yaaah man , LOL been researching a lot . It was that fascinating to find out more and more about the health benefits of turmeric powder , that I never realised , it was 2.30 h in the early morning when I finally clicked ‘publish’ . Amazing stuff isn’t it ?! I knew a lot about it before , but bothering the search engines yesterday has really opened my eyes . Crazy spice everybody should know about !
I had no idea there were this many awesome benefits! I was introduced to tumeric when I married my husband – it is common to use in middle eastern dishes.
Thanks Breharne , yes it really is amazing what we can use it for , and how powerful it is. And not expensive either , really the golden spice of life !