Turmeric is gotten from the dried rhizome of a plant in the ginger family. The botanical name for turmeric is Curcuma longa. It has a distinct yellow colour and is quite common in spices. It is the major component of the famous curry powder.
Turmeric has many researched health benefit and this wonder herb should be a must have in all domestic settings. The components of turmeric responsible for many of its health benefit are curcuminoids and the main one of them is called curcumin. A few out of the many benefits of turmeric are mentioned below:
Anti-inflammatory properties: the anti-inflammatory property of turmeric is one of the major foundations for its other health benefits. The curcumin present in turmeric has been found to have anti-inflammatory properties as it inhibits inflammatory enzymes such as COX and LOX.
It also has an advantage over anti-inflammatory drugs because it doesn’t cause the same side effects they cause. The curcumin may not be the only component that helps inflammation because curcumin free turmeric has also been found to help prevent inflammation.
Pain killer: the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric contributes to its painkilling ability. It inhibits prostaglandins and interleukins which have inflammatory properties. This property has also been found useful in dealing with burn injuries and post-surgical pain. It also relieves neuropathic pain.
Skin care: when applied regularly on the skin it prevents pimples as it kills the bacteria that causes pimples and also cures acne and clears acne scars. It leaves your skin bright and glowing.
Metal detoxification: in cases of metal poisoning, turmeric has anti-oxidant and chelating properties. The chelating properties make it bind to the metal and remove it from the body.
Digestion and stomach health: turmeric improves digestion and stomach health through its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help protect the alimentary canal from infections caused by bacteria. It also relieves bloating.
Anemia treatment: including turmeric in your diet can help in cases of anemia. Its anti-oxidant properties help normalize anti-oxidant defenses in anemia, and it also protects the red blood cells. Although the metal chelation properties of turmeric may chelate the iron in the blood which isn’t good in cases of anemia, it makes up for it with its iron rich component.
Prevents formation of gall stones: including turmeric in your diet helps to prevent the formation of gall stones. However, because turmeric causes contraction of the gall bladder, it should be avoided if you have gall stones.
Helps in weight loss: turmeric has an anti-obesity property. It prevents deposition of fat. It also improves metabolism health and speeds up rate of metabolism and this is essential in weight loss. Its speeds up outcome of diet and exercise in weight loss.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: including turmeric in the diet of someone suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder is very beneficial because it helps reduce reactivation of fear memories in post-traumatic stress disorder. Its anti-inflammatory property also relieves stress and anxiety which are very useful in curbing PTSD.
Healing bone fractures: in the past and even now in the present, turmeric was a home remedy for broken bones. The paste was made and applied to the affected area and the turmeric milk was made and the affected person was made to drink this milk. In recent research, it has been found that this practice worked due to the anti-inflammatory property of turmeric and also its pain reducing effect. Also turmeric has been found to help in bone remodeling process.
Boosts memory: turmeric has been found to restore memory function that had been destroyed as a result of brain damage, decline in brain function due to old age or neurodegenerative diseases.
Benefits in stroke: the anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric have been found to prevent stroke and also speed up the recovery of stroke patients.
Treatment of hepatitis: hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric helps prevent hepatitis and its anti-viral property helps protect the liver from viral infections. It also protects and restores the function of the liver from drug induced hepatitis.
Gets rid of plaque: turmeric mouthwash has proved more effective than chlorhexidine mouthwash in fighting plaque.
Teeth whitening: rubbing turmeric paste on the teeth before brushing, it whitens the teeth. There is a DIY turmeric toothpaste formula of turmeric and coconut oil for teeth whitening. It is tricky however, cause if the mouth isn’t washed well, the yellow stain of turmeric may remain on the teeth till it is completely washed away.