Turmeric or haldi is a common spice in Indian cuisine. It belongs to the ginger family and has a peppery, warm and bitter flavor. Turmeric has been a part of Ayurveda treatment for thousands of years. Turmeric does not only improve the color and flavor of curries and dishes, it has many health benefits too. Read on to know about turmeric health benefits.
Nutrients that attribute turmeric health benefits –
Turmeric is an excellent source of manganese and iron and a good source of vitamin B6 , fibre and potassium.
Turmeric Health benefits: –
1] Helps reduce inflammation in arthritis – Arthritis is associated with intense inflammation caused by free radicals. Turmeric has both anti- inflammatory properties and is a good antioxidant. It contains curcumin which exerts antioxidant properties by neutralizing free radicals that cause inflammation. Regular use of turmeric in your diet can help in reducing swellings in joints, morning stiffness and can help in increasing stamina in an arthritic patient.
2] Cardiovascular protection – Turmeric health benefits as an antioxidant is not only limited to arthritis, but it also helps in preventing the progression of artherosclerosis and diabetic heat diseases by preventing the oxidation of cholesterol.
Turmeric is rich in B6, which helps in keeping the homo-cysteine levels near normal. (Homo-cysteine level elevations can lead to artherosclerosis and other heart diseases.)
3] Helps in preventing cancer – The antioxidant properties of curcumin helps in removal of free radicals that can damage the cells DNA causing cancer. Curcumin in turmeric helps in inhibiting tumor formation and prevents excess blood supply needed for tumor formation.
Turmeric also helps in destroying the mutated cells and not allowing them to spread. Incorporating turmeric in your daily diet can help in lowering the risks of leukemia, colon cancer, breast, prostate and lung cancer.
4] Improves livers ability to detoxify – It was found in animal studies that daily intake of turmeric in diet increases the liver’s detoxification function.
5] Helps in Alzheimer – Turmeric health benefits includes protection against neuro-degenerative diseases. Curcumin protects the brain against oxidative (free radical) injury
Alzheimer’s is a result of accumulation of amyloid fragment in the brain cells. this fragment causes inflammation and plaques formations , disrupting the brain function. Curcumin can pass the blood brain barrier, and it attaches itself to amyloid, preventing it to accumulate and form plaques. At the same time its anti inflammatory and anti oxidative properties helps in de stressing the brain cells and protects its against any harm.
6] Aids in digestion – Turmeric helps in digestive problems like gas and bloating. It also helps in better digestion by stimulating the liver and gall bladder to produce more bile. Turmeric health benefits include treatment for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis.
7] Boosts immune system – The anti-bacterial , anti-viral and anti-fungal properties in turmeric helps in boosting immunity against minor flu , cough and cold problems and infections.
8] Helps in diabetes – Turmeric helps in reducing insulin resistance and improves the uptake of insulin by cells. Thus overall helping a diabetic in controlling sugar levels.
Turmeric health benefits also include relief in conditions like flatulence, bloody urine and hemorrhages. It is also found to be beneficial in conditions like chest pain and colic.