17 Incredible Health Benefits of Turmeric

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17 Incredible Health Benefits of Turmeric
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Turmeric (curcumin) is one of the most effective health supplements known to man! The incredible health benefits of turmeric have proven beneficial for treating cancer, Alzheimer’s and so much more! If you haven’t yet added turmeric to your daily routine, now is the time to start!

1. Reduces Side Effects of Chemotherapy

Curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric), when combined with chemotherapy drugs like cisplatin (head, and neck cancer chemotherapy drugs), effectively inhibit tumour growth, and also minimize the side effects of cisplatin. This research suggested that turmeric may allow practitioners to manage lower level doses of chemotherapy and thus reduce its negative side effects on the body.

2. Aids In Fat Metabolism and Weight Management

Researchers theorized that dietary curcumin can stall the spread of fat tissue by inhibiting new blood vessel growth (called angiogenesis) which is necessary to build fat tissue. This study found that supplementing high-fat diet fed mice with curcumin reduced body-weight gain and total body fat, even though food-intake was not affected (in comparison to the non-supplemented high-fat diet group). The curcumin-treated group also had less blood vessel growth in fat tissue, and their blood glucose, triglyceride, fatty acid, cholesterol and liver fat levels were also lower.

3. Helps Coughs

Curcumin serves as an anti-inflammatory agent and possesses anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. These properties make turmeric an excellent aid in the treatment of bacterial and viral infections such as cough and cold. The anti-inflammatory action of curcumin helps relieve chest congestion that develops in individuals with chronic cough.

4. Strengthens Ligaments

Curcumin is a powerful nutrient in treating the pain, swelling and inflammation associated with ligament injuries. It is known for its powerful ability to help heal your tissues – including your ligamentous tissues – following traumatic musculoskeletal injuries.

5. Skin Tonic

Turmeric cleanses and nourishes the skin to retain its elasticity and youthfulness and promotes a radiant glow! It helps to aid the digestive tract to absorb nutrients and normalize metabolism, and thus cleanses from the inside out (which then reflects the quality of your skin).

6. Speeds Up Wound Healing

Wound healing and angiogenesis deals with the capillaries which consist of endothelial cells and pericytes. These cells do not divide readily but undergo rapid proliferation during spurts of angiogenesis in wound healing. Turmeric causes endothelial cells to proliferate, indicating that this molecule can be used to augment wound healing.

7. Natural Analgesic & Antibiotic

Turmeric guards your stomach by destroying fungus, viruses and bacteria that can cause food poisoning, diarrhea and other diseases. This rhizome has been historically used as an herbal salve to treat everything from minor cuts and scrapes to scabies, skin ulcers and even leprosy. Turmeric volatile oil is a powerful topical antibiotic that helps prevent infections and sepsis in wounds. Turmeric can also help stop pain and swelling while promoting the healing of damaged skin tissue as discussed above.

8. Natural Anti-inflammatory

This rhizome has been traditionally used as a remedy for inflammatory conditions like arthritis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Plenty of evidence from research has shown that the potency of turmeric’s anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic effects have been equated with that of the popular pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory drugs like Motrin and hydrocortisone (but without the nasty side effects and toxicity of these isolated drugs). A daily dosage of curcumin was found to be more effective in easing post-surgical inflammation as the regular anti-inflammatory prescriptions. Curcumin has the ability to inhibit the activity of enzymes COX-2 and lipoxygenase, which contributes to turmerics amazing anti-inflammatory properties.

9. Blood Purifier

Turmeric is a rich source of iron so it is valuable for those suffering from anemia. It also prevents platelets from clumping within blood vessels, making it effective in the prevention of atherosclerosis and its complications.

10. Slows Progression of MS

Turmeric may block the progression of multiple sclerosis by interrupting the production of IL-2, a protein that plays a key role in the destruction of the myelin by signalling for the development of neural antigen-specific TH1 cells, immune cells that then launch an attack on the myelin sheath.

11. Prevents Progression of Alzheimer’s 

Multiple studies have pointed to the fact that extracts of turmeric contain a number of natural agents that block the formation of beta-amyloid, the substance responsible for plaques that slowly obstruct cerebral function in Alzheimer’s disease.

12. Anti-Arthritic

Curcumin is most known for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties which are crucial in those suffering from arthritis. It has been shown to influence more than 700 genes and can inhibit synthesis of COX-2 and 5-LOX which are important mediators of inflammation. Multiple studies of the efficacy of curcumin have demonstrated positive changes in arthritic symptoms. In fact, the highly bioavailable form of curcumin in fresh, raw turmeric is MORE EFFECTIVE in alleviating rheumatoid arthritis symptoms (tenderness, swelling of joints) than drugs that are currently on the market to mock these same effects. Individuals taking curcumin ONLY (no other drugs) have reported that they experienced the most improvement in their symptoms.

13. Improves Digestion, and Helps Prevent Gas/Bloating and Heals Stomach Ulcers

Turmeric is highly valuable for the influence it exerts on the digestive system and liver. It helps improve digestion and reduces gas and bloating. It is considered a cholagogue, which means that it helps stimulate bile production in the liver and encourages excretion of bile via the gallbladder which improves the body’s ability to digest fats. This rhizome is actually recommended for chronic digestive weakness and/or congestion, and can help individuals suffering from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), colitis, Chron’s disease, diarrhea, and post salmonella conditions. It also reduces the itching and inflammation that accompanies hemorrhoids and anal fissures.

14. Lowers Cholesterol

Curcumin is an excellent messaging molecule that communicates with genes in liver cells and “tells” them to produce mRNA that direct the creation of receptors for LDL (bad) cholesterol. With more of these LDL-receptors, liver cells are able to remove more LDL-cholesterol from the body.

15. Improves Skin Conditions (Eczema, Psoriasis, etc.)

The list is endless for the amount of skin care benefits turmeric provides. Some of these include the treatment of acne, blackheads, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and more extreme skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. It helps to heal and prevent dry skin as well as slows the aging process of skin by retaining its elasticity. It is also used to diminish wrinkles and keep skin supple and youthful. It is used daily by East Indian women as a facial cleanser and exfoliant.

16. Helps Prevent Many Cancers (Leukaemia, Breast, Prostate, Lung, Colon, etc.)

Turmeric is a great herb for treating cancers, particularly breast and uterine cancers as well as benign tumours. Many promising studies have shown turmeric’s anti-cancer properties to be helping in treating other cancers like skin, pancreatic, prostate and colon cancers too. The way this works is that the active ingredient in turmeric called curcumin, prevents the formation of cancer-causing enzymes, and thus reduces the risk of cancerous cell-formation and cell growth. One of the cancer-fighting mechanisms in turmeric involves inhibiting the activity of the enzyme Topoisomerase which is essential in the replication of cancer cells. Thus, turmeric limits the ability of cancer cells to spread to other parts of the body and prevents cancerous tumours from growing new blood vessels, starving them of nutrients and inhibiting their growth.

17. Improves Asthma

The anti-inflammatory action of curcumin relieves inflammation of the air ways and tightness of the chest which is associated with asthma. Multiple studies have found curcumin’s ability to inhibit airway constriction and hyper-reactivity. It helps to prevent allergic airway inflammation while inhibiting the actions of an inflammatory protein called NF-kappaB, and has been noted as being just as effective as the prescription steroid dexamethasone which is commonly used to treat asthma.

 

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IMG_5458About The Author: Carly Fraser has her BSc (Hons.) Degree in Neuroscience, and is the owner and founder at Live Love Fruit. She currently lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with a determined life mission to help inspire and motivate individuals to critically think about what they put in their bodies and to find balance through nutrition and lifestyle. She has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals to re-connect with their bodies and learn self-love through proper eating habits and natural living. She loves to do yoga, dance, and immerse herself in nature.

 

     
Carly Fraser has her BSc (Hons.) Degree in Neuroscience, and is the owner and founder at Live Love Fruit. She currently lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with a determined life mission to help inspire and motivate individuals to critically think about what they put in their bodies and to find balance through nutrition and lifestyle. She has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals to re-connect with their bodies and learn self-love through proper eating habits and natural living. She loves to do yoga, dance, and immerse herself in nature.

52 COMMENTS

  1. i t is really a good medicine if follows Turmeric having with food regularly. my mother use to give me milk followed with mixing turmeric when i follow with cough also my grand ma alsorecommend the same for health progress and growth. TURMERIC is a natural medicine to escape from many health problems .

    • Give your body time. You should also try to eliminate inflammation-causing foods like dairy, eggs, meat and processed refined foods and refined sugars. I would say a couple months!

  2. Turmeric causes some problems to my stomach , is there any way of taking Turmeric that help avoid such problems?
    Regards

  3. I am diabetic can i take this turmeric an where do i get it from an how do i use it ? will it help with weight/can you inbox me please thanks

  4. Do you recommend the bottled version that is in the spice rack (organic of course) or some other way to use it. Also, you mentioned more for prevention. Of what. And if you/we are preventing something, shouldn’t that be the dose ongoing rather than the smaller dose for arthritis that I personally use?
    Thank you kindly.

  5. Can you please tell me if turmeric powder in capsules can assist in rectifying vitiligo or leucoderma – whitening of skin due to absence of melanin, which can be attributed to sluggish liver and dysfunctional colon.

  6. Turmeric and Ginger are belong to a Family of 500 plants with incredible anti inflammatory medicinal potency. In Thailand they have been used in a Herbal Compress (Luk Pra Kop) Massage for Pain relieve, reversal, cure for Centuries. However there are other related plants of this family which we also use for LPK. There is so much still to be discovered yet. At Patcharapat our Customers witness and experience daily the benefits trough our unique treatments with Turmeric and other Thai medicinal Herbs. http://www.spahuahin.net
    Khun Siwalai

  7. Is it true Tumeric should be cooked to be effective?
    Thanks,
    Ane if not in a bottle off spice rack where does one get tumeric root/ and how prepare?

  8. Hi, can anyone tell, the dosage of tumeric powder? I’ve been taking about 1 and a half teaspoons a day for the last 4 months.

    • I juice it daily – A LOT of it! I probably juice around 1 ounce of fresh turmeric root everyday. The fresher the better. Find at whole foods, or local health food store or just grow it yourself.

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