Science has exalted the medicinal value of this traditional golden herb in recent years, but it has been used in traditional Indian medicine for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Not only does this spice add some color to your food, it is also loaded with health benefits! So next meal, sprinkle it on… Here are HFR’s Top 10 Health Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric directly influences the inflammation of bone and the muscles within the heart. It has been used in plenty of studies with people with osteoporosis and arthritis, and has been proven to lessen inflamed areas within the body. The active portion of turmeric, called ‘curcumin’ is the most effective natural remedy known to impact bone health.
Evens Out Skin Tone — DIY Mask
This golden-hued spice has been used for centuries as a tone corrector and enhancer. Many Indian brides make a paste of turmeric and honey and spread this concoction all over their bodies before their wedding day to have beautiful glowing skin the next day. It is known to have anti-aging and anti-bacterial properties, which help erase pigmentation, replenish dry skin and wrinkles.
If you create a mixture of turmeric powder, gram flour, and honey, it has the power to calm and reduce acne. It works by reducing irritation, absorbing excess oil, and soothing the dermal layer of skin. Many natural masks are made with turmeric to reduce redness, treat various acne complications, and the curcumin present in this herb has even shown to alleviate psoriasis. If you have these skin conditions, you should give this all natural face mask a try!
Improves Oral Health
Turmeric is not only great for your skin but also reduces oral inflammation, controls plaque, heals gingivitis, and receding gums. Used as a safe and effective remedy for teeth whitening when combined with coconut oil. Great for people with sensitive teeth or reduced enamel that cannot undergo harsh commercial whitening procedures.
May Decrease the Risk & Slow Progression of Alzheimer’s
A study that was conducted in India shows that their population has a lower rate of Alzheimer’s compared to most countries. Researchers concluded that since turmeric was mixed into many spices and it was the prime reason for reduced prevalence of the disease. It improves the protective barrier of the brain and prevents the cognitive degeneration, which occurs in the early stages of Alzheimer’s.
Reduces Risk of Heart Disease
Atherosclerosis is the slow progression of plaque buildup or hardening of arteries. It leads to one of the most common killers here in America – heart attacks. Poor health and exercise are the underlying factors that cause this to happen, however, heart disease is congenital. As clots are formed, platelets become trapped, and coagulate within the walls of the arteries, this is what causes a myocardial infarction or heart attack. These clots can break off and travel throughout the bloodstream, which can also cause a stroke. Turmeric, can possibly reduce blood clots and improve heart health by decreasing the adhesive quality of the clots. By doing so, there is less stress upon the heart and the arterial walls, which when relaxed, also can lower blood pressure.
Reduce The Symptoms of Arthritis & Osteoporosis
In several studies, it is shown that curcumin has a profound effect on bone degeneration
Improve Mood Stability As A Result of Depression & Anxiety
Depression has a debilitating effect on many. It can lead to decreased mood, physical fatigue due to cortisol release, and overall weakened immune system response. By utilizing turmeric, one can increase the neurotrophic levels in the brain that are responsible for healthy growth and maintenance of the nerve cells.
Lessen Digestive Disorder Complications
By reducing inflammation of the lining of the gut, turmeric works wonders to reduce ibs related symptoms such as poor digestion, gas and bloating.
Inflammation in the gut is worsened by a variety of foods and so the turmeric can help counteract the negative feedback of acid
Detoxifies The Liver
Based on a new study in the Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand, turmeric has been shown to repair damaged liver cells. The scientists that conducted the experiment found that the livers of diabetic rats were repaired and even regenerated with the help of this yellow power-root.