The Wonder Spice…..Turmeric
Turmeric or the “golden spice” as it is commonly referred, is the staple in all Indian Cooking. Turmeric is a wonder ingredient that has been used for ages. Whether ingested or applied, the benefits of Turmeric are plenty.
Coined as the cousin of Ginger, Turmeric has incredible healing properties which include antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic and anti-mutagenic which gives us a good reason to look up to it.
The benefits attributed to this bright yellow spice are often the result of the primary compound present in it known as “Curcumin” which is prized for its innumerable health benefits and with good reason. With so many benefits to offer this wonder – the spice has now resulted in increased usage of it in western countries too.
What’s So Great About Turmeric
Tracing it’s usage way back since ancient ages, Turmeric is every grandmother’s pet suggestion to treat any cut, burn or infection. It’s a natural antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties make it an effective disinfectant. A mere sprinkling of the powder on the affected area or applying the paste by adding little water helps to cure it naturally.
I am sure most of us, many a time have faced this issue and we end up turning to pills to get ourselves relief from it. But trust me, if you are in such a situation next time(God forbid) try this super spice, which will definitely help to treat the condition. The components of the spice called Curcuminoids, stimulate the gall bladder to produce bile, making the digestive system more efficient.
Relief from Arthritic Pain
Though proper diagnosis and treatment for Arthritis and Joint Pains are required and wonder spice can’t be considered as a substitute for it, but the anti-inflammatory properties help in treating osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis to a great extent. A person going through the condition should consume the spice on a daily basis, to relieve themselves of mild joint pains and inflammation.
Lower Risks of Brain Diseases and Improves Brain Function
Many Common brain disorders have been linked to the decrease level of a hormone called Brain-Derived neutrophic factor(BDNF) including Depression and Alzheimer’s disease. Interestingly Curcumin can increase brain levels of BDNF.
Researches have found that this primary compound called Curcumin promotes repair in the stem cells of the brain, which helps in the recovery from neurodegenerative diseases. It is even effective in delaying or even reversing many brain diseases and age related decreases in brain function.
Curcumin Should Lower Risk of Heart Diseases
In this fast paced world, the main cause of death is due to immense stress on the heart and various factors contribute to it. Curcumin may help in reversing many steps in the heart disease process. The main benefit of Curcumin when it comes to heart disease is improving the function of the endothelium, which is the lining of your blood vessel.
The inability of the endothelium to regulate blood pressure results in blood clotting. Studies reveal that Curcumin leads to improvements in endothelial function.
Helps in Prevention of Cancer
Cancer these days are very common and in different forms. Due to advances in medical science, most of the cases can be cured, but few still lead to death. Most studies indicate that Curcumin can reduce the growth of cancerous cells and inhibit the growth of tumors. It helps fight cancer and boost the effects of Chemotherapy.
Helps to Boost Immunity
Little change in weather and we find ourselves catching the cold or flu-related infection. This is due to low immunity of the body. Lipopolysaccharide-a substance in turmeric with anti-bacterial, antiviral and antifungal agents help stimulate the human immune system. Warm milk with 1tsp of turmeric daily does its magic.
Helps in Prevention of Diabetes
Prevention is always better than the cure for any disease. People with diabetes or also in pre-diabetes, the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties of Curcumin have been found to moderate the insulin levels and boosts the effects of medication that treat diabetes and also delay the onset of type-2 diabetes.