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Health Benefits of Turmeric

Health Benefits of Turmeric
Atefa Noorain
Atefa Noorain
August04/ 2016

Turmeric is a very common herb used all over the world. Turmeric is also called as queen of spices or Curcuma longa. It is famous in Asian countries. Turmeric belongs to ginger family. And it can be used in many food items. The yellow coloured turmeric powder is used in preparation of many food items. Turmeric is rich in bioactive compounds and has many medicinal properties.

Benefits of Turmeric

  • Digestion

Turmeric improves the digestion process by stimulating the gallbladder to produce more bile. It also reduces the gastric problems. Turmeric is used in treating gastric diseases like inflammatory bowel disease and ulcerative colitis.

  • Anti-inflammatory agent

Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties. It helps in fighting against the foreign particles affecting the body.

  • Boost immune system

Turmeric helps in boosting the immune system of the person. The lipopolysacharide present in turmeric stimulate your immune system. The anti-bacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties of turmeric also enhance the immune system of the person.

  • Anti-cancerous property

Turmeric helps in preventing prostate cancer, T-cell leukaemia and colon cancer. Turmeric consumption can stop the growth of cancer cells and can destroy the cancer cells completely.

  • Liver disease

Turmeric is also called as natural liver detoxifier. Turmeric increases the production of enzymes that helps in detoxifying the blood.

  • Arthritis

Turmeric is used in treating diseases like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory property. The free radicals in the body that are responsible for damaging the cells can be destroyed with the help of turmeric. The joint pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis can be reduced to certain extent by eating turmeric daily.

  • Diabetes

Turmeric controls diabetes. It helps in reducing the insulin resistance in the body that prevents the onset of type-2 diabetes. Turmeric should be consumed in required amounts as excess consumption of turmeric results in hypoglycaemia. Hypoglycaemia is also called as low blood sugar condition. If you are suffering with diabetes and on medication then it is recommended to consult a doctor before consuming turmeric.

  • Balance cholesterol levels

Using turmeric in food preparation helps in reducing the serum cholesterol levels. Turmeric balances the cholesterol levels in your body and thus prevents risk of cardiovascular diseases.

  • Wound healer

Turmeric can also be considered as a natural antiseptic that helps in healing wounds. Turmeric is used as a common first aid for dressing wounds and burns. The damaged tissues can be repaired with turmeric. Psoriasis can also be treated with turmeric.

  • Weight loss

Turmeric powder helps in weight loss. Turmeric breaks the dietary fat consumed on a daily basis. Eating one teaspoon of turmeric with every meal can give good results in losing weight.

  • Cough and cold

Turmeric is used to treat common cold and flu symptoms.  Mix one teaspoon of turmeric powder with one glass of milk to treat cough and cold.

  • Alzheimer’s disease

Turmeric helps in maintaining the overall health of the brain. It helps in removing plaques and improves the flow of oxygen and thus reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Atefa Noorain
Atefa Noorain

Atefa Noorain, (Microbiologist) former Head of the Department of Life Sciences, Assistant Professor of Microbiology at Sujatha Degree College for Women. She worked as an Associate Research Analyst at Thomson Reuters and an Associate Editor of two research journals. She has presented her research work in 3 International Conferences. She has written articles for national journals and international journals. She had been felicitated as a Young Speaker in the last conference. She has worked on Nanoparticles as a part of her research project and won the Best Scientist of the Day award.

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