Health Benefits of Turmeric (Curcumin)
Turmeric, also known as the Golden Spice is a superstar among spices possessing an enormous amount of health benefits. Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric and is a strong antioxidant; it is responsible for all the health benefits of turmerics.
Turmeric is the spice often used in Indian food. This spice has been investigated for advantages of preventing and treating cancer. It showed promise in numerous cancers and had the best results killing cancer cells and preventing new cancerous cells from growing in Skin, Breast, Bowel and Stomach Cancer. Based on the American Cancer Society, curcumin can kill cancer cells and can decrease advancement of surviving cells. In many of the medical studies, it was concluded that turmeric does not have a high absorption rate, but still showed benefits for cancer.
A few years ago I read a book titled, Anticancer: A new way of life, by David Servan-Schreiber MD Ph.D. It was extremely interesting, and I specifically remembered several key points made in the book, one being the scientific studies of turmeric hindering and eliminating tumors in laboratory mice. Turmeric does not have a high absorption rate but stopped cancer cells growth when it was ingested together with something spicy, e.g. black pepper. The spicy black pepper helped with the absorption of the turmeric. The book explained how inflammation is a standard response that your body uses for wound healing. In order to stop apoptosis (or cell death), cancer cells develop inflammation that blocks apoptosis and promotes cell expansion.
Just based on the cancer finding alone, it would make sense to incorporate turmeric into your daily life, but the benefits do not stop there, find out the top 10 amazing health benefits below.
Health Benefits of Turmeric
1. Turmeric has an anti-inflammatory effect
Turmeric counteracts inflammation which is the enemy when dealing with chronic illnesses. Reducing inflammation in your body helps reduce pain and stop the continuous damages caused by the inflammation. Inflammation occurs in diseases such as, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune diseases, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple scleroses, psoriasis, lupus, and cancer.
2. Turmeric helps block cancer
Fresh turmeric is rich of curcumin, the active ingredient that helps restrain cancer cells. According to clinical findings, people who regularly consume turmeric have lower of risk every type of cancer. Turmeric helps prevent new blood supply to cancer cells, helps body destroy cancer cells and prevents metastasis (spreading) and provides an anti-inflammatory response. There have been many promising studies conducted displaying turmerics ability to help with prostate cancer. It can turn off the Prostate Cells PSA production through an anti-androgen effect. If pancreatic cancer runs in your family, it may be wise to start adding turmeric to your daily diet. The studies are remarkable how it can prevent pancreatic cancer and start curing it. It was observed that downregulation of NF-kappa B and cyclooxygenase-2 and tumor regression (73%) accompanied by significant increases (4- to 35-fold) in serum cytokine levels (IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, and IL-1 receptor antagonists).
3. Turmeric has an antioxidant property
Like most of the spices and herbs, turmeric is a powerful antioxidant which helps fight off free radicals.
4. Turmeric protects the liver
Tumeric is a powerful liver cleansing herb that can heal and protect the liver. The curcumin can delay the onset of liver damage or cirrhosis of the liver. If your liver is not functioning correctly, it will cause many health issues. Take care of your liver, or you could be confronted with diabetes, weight gain, slow metabolism, cellulite, fatty tumors, build up of fat in organs, digestive problems, sugar cravings, brain fog, depression, allergies, autoimmune disease, multiple scleroses, chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus, fibromyalgia, to name a few.
5. Turmeric normalizes blood sugar level
According to a group of researchers in Thailand, regular consumption of turmeric reduces the risk of diabetes mellitus especially type 2 diabetes, which is considered an autoimmune reaction. Subjects of the study who took a daily dose of a turmeric supplement for 9 months found to have significant improvement in their blood sugar levels.
6. Turmeric thwarts Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
Incorporating turmeric in the diet preserves memory and slows down memory impairment. Indian researchers explained that such effects are caused by the action of curcumin that works by blocking the formation of the beta-amyloid plaques in brain cells. The amazing benefit to this spice is it can treat Alzheimer’s and help reverse damage.
7. Turmeric controls oxidation of cholesterol
Uncontrolled rise of oxidized cholesterol adheres easier to blood vessel walls, causing damage and forms plaque leading to atherosclerosis. Oxidized Cholesterol can occur when you “fry food” in vegetable oil. When cooking food in oils such as corn, soy or canola, due to the high heat and oxygen the oils become rancid creating oxidized cholesterol. Taking turmeric can control the turmoil in your body, another alternative would be to cook using Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, which has a higher tolerance higher heat.
8. Turmeric relieves colds and flu
Drinking 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder every day (up to 3 teaspoons a day) can manage common upper respiratory disorders. Don’t forget to follow it with lots of water. Remember, the most important thing you can do when you feel as though you are coming down with the flu or a cold is to take special care of yourself during the first 48 hours. Get plenty of rest, refrain from eating any sugar or drinking alcohol, eat lots of fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of water, try to eat alkaline food and consume turmeric. The first 48 hours are critical to helping your body fight off the invaders. If you take care of your body during this time, your cold or flu will be short lived.
9. Turmeric promotes digestive health
A daily dose of turmeric can alleviate GI symptoms and disorders such as Irritable Bowel Disease (IBS), Chrohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Turmeric has been used for many generations to ease upset stomachs.
10. Turmeric has cardio-protective property
Curcumin in turmeric protects the myocardium against ischemic damage by inhibiting chemical agents that can cause cardiac injury. Turmeric can protect against strokes and heart attacks. This spice can also help break up cholesterol that is the cause for blocked arteries.
Non-medicinal use of turmeric includes as pesticides, insecticide and fungicidal. When possible always use organic products.
Side Effects and Cautions of Turmeric
Turmeric is fairly safe to use. Excessive consumption of the supplement can lead to stomach upset, constipation and dehydration. Because turmeric directly affects the liver, people with underlying conditions such as bile obstruction and gallstones should avoid taking it. Turmeric can also increase the risk of bleeding; hence, people who are under aspirin therapy should consult a doctor before taking the medicinal spice. High doses of turmeric have been shown to cause liver problems in laboratory animals, but have not been observed to be an issue with humans.
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