Benefits: Turmeric’s components offer many health benefits, such as anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-cancer and wound-healing
There are more than 300 antioxidant compounds in turmeric, curcumin being the most known and most studied
*Piperine enhances absorption of nutrients by at least 30%
Turmeric and Cancer
Studies have been conducted on the turmeric and cancer connection. They reveal that turmeric can induce a process that triggers the self-destruction of cancerous and damaged body cells
Turmeric is effective in treating cancer since it increases liver function. The liver helps to eliminate toxic substances from your body. Given its antibacterial properties, turmeric is beneficial in treating many types of cancer, most noticeably: Breast Cancer, Lung Cancer, Leukemia. Turmeric hampers the growth of cancerous cells
Turmeric and Liver Diseases
The liver helps by detoxifying your blood through the production of enzymes. These enzymes break down and eliminate the toxins found your body. Taking a turmeric supplement or using turmeric recipes* increases the production of these vital enzymes, thus increasing liver function. Studies conducted revealed that enzyme production increases by 14% within fourteen days of taking turmeric.
Turmeric For Arthritis
Turmeric is something most people think of when dealing with arthritis or joint pain. Recent studies show sufferers should consider turmeric for arthritis as it is a powerful anti-oxidant. Like other anti-oxidants, turmeric works to destroy free radicals in your body which are responsible for damaging body cells
Due to turmeric’s anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, its health benefits provide relief to those suffering from moderate to mild joint pains. Arthritis patients using turmeric found benefits such as reduced morning and evening joint pains. It has now become a natural remedy for arthritis sufferers and provides significant pain relief, while also increasing walking speed for patients
Turmeric and Wounds
As an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory agent, turmeric works to heal wounds, cuts and other skin injuries.
Using a saucepan, boil coconut oil and add a small amount of turmeric to it. Mix the two together, turn the stove off. When it is no longer too hot to touch, use a cotton swab to apply some of the mixture to the wound. Save the extra oil in an airtight container so that you can use it in the future without needing to go through the boiling process again.
Please note: Turmeric can cause allergic reactions and rashes in a few individuals. For this reason it is a good precaution to talk to your doctor before using this treatment. If you try it and you develop a rash, it’s a sign that it is not the best treatment for you.
Turmeric and Alzheimer’s
Studies done with turmeric have shown that one of the major turmeric health benefits is helpings to prevent Alzheimer’s. Turmeric’s anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties might help to prevent or delay the onset of this ruthless disease. It is believed that turmeric blocks the production of IL-2 protein, which is known to destroy the protective sheath found around the nerves.
Turmeric and Cardiovascular Disease
Unhealthy cholesterol levels are the primary cause of most cardiovascular disease. When cholesterol oxidizes, it builds up on the walls of body cells. Turmeric contains vitamin B6, which regulates homo-cysteine levels. Homo-cysteine is directly responsible for damaging body cells. Through interaction with the liver, turmeric lowers the cholesterol levels in the body, which aides in preventing most cardiovascular diseases.
Turmeric as an Anti-Inflammatory
Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties don’t just help against deadly diseases. Turmeric also helps to keep your immune system strong against colds, flu and coughs.
Turmeric and Diabetes
Turmeric, along with many other spices, helps to moderate insulin levels. If you consume a heavy sugar product or white bread snack or meal, including turmeric will reduce the extremity of insulin response. Turmeric will by no means totally eliminate the sudden sugar intake shock on your body. Limiting sugar consumption and eating whole grains is the best approach to maintaining balanced levels
Turmeric Side Effects
Turmeric is spicy and as such can cause heartburn and increase your body temperature. Nausea, dizziness and stomach cramps are possible side effects. These turmeric side effects are more likely if you don’t consume turmeric with food.