Health Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric is packed with lots of bio-active compounds and that is why they are powerful medicinal plants with lots of benefits to the human body. The health benefits of Turmeric include the following;
#1: Turmeric is a spicy yellow-colored herb containing curcuminoids that are known to fight inflammation.
#2: Turmeric also serves as powerful antioxidants that boost immunity. It reduces the risks of oxidative damages caused by free radicals in the body. The chemical structure of curcumin which is the main component of Turmeric neutralizes the effect of free radicals.
#3: Turmeric improves the brain function and reduces the risks of degenerative brain diseases. The decreased levels of hormones responsible for the growth of neurons can result in degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s but Turmeric can boost the secretion of such hormones, thus speeding up the growth of BDNF hormones for enhanced brain function.
#4: Turmeric reduces the risks of heart diseases. Heart diseases have remained some of the deadliest killer diseases in the world. Turmeric reduces the risks of heart disease by stimulating the increase of Endothelium which is located in the inner walls of blood vessels and regulates blood pressure and thus eliminates inflammation and oxidation, thus reducing the risks of heart failure.
#5: Turmeric reduces the risks of cancer – Curcumin, found in turmeric has been found in numerous cancer supplements used in the treatment of cancer. Curcumin is very lethal against the growth and spread of cancer cells. Curcumin inhibits the growth of new tissues inside cancer cells, thus starving cancer tumors to death.
#6: Turmeric speeds up arthritis healing. Patients suffering from arthritis, given Curcumin supplementation, respond to arthritis treatment, faster than those who do not get such supplementation. The anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin make it suitable for easing off the symptoms of joint pains. Rheumatoid arthritis has been effectively treated with the use of drugs containing curcumin- an extract of Turmeric.
#7: Turmeric helps reduce the symptoms of depression- Researches has shown that Turmeric has shown promising signs in the treatment of depression. Curcumin has been found to be an effective anti-depressant. It helps in boosting the part of the brain that contains learning and memory while boosting “good mood”. Turmeric also offers several other benefits which include the slowdown in aging,
How to incorporate Turmeric in your everyday cooking
Turmeric is naturally a culinary herb that can be added to your recipes. You can add a pinch of turmeric to your scrambled eggs, frittata, or tofu. You can also toss your roasted vegetables with a pinch of turmeric. Turmeric can be blended into your fruit smoothies, or your tea, to create a delicious drink you can consume on daily basis. You can infuse turmeric into your tea and steep it for about 15 minutes in order to release all its herbal powers into the tea.
Do not make any attempt to rub turmeric against your skin, even though it has been found to improve the appearance of scars, eczema, and pimples.
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