Turmeric is one of the most popular spices, which are made up of the ground roots of the plant. It is originated from the roots of Curcuma Longa Plant. Modern science along with the popular culture is now discovering about how much more powerful turmeric can be.
Whether you believe it or not, the latest research studies states that, turmeric is one of the most effective nutritional supplements in existence.
There are several health benefits of turmeric that could help your body and brain to stay fit.
Here in this article, I’ll tell you about those 11 amazing benefits of turmeric that you should know about:
1. Acts as an Anti-Inflammatory Agent
The anti-inflammatory property of turmeric makes it the foremost reason to use it in almost any health condition.
Turmeric inhibits the activity of various inflammatory enzymes like; LOX and COX along with various inflammatory chemicals and proteins such as; TNF-alpha, interleukin etc.
2. Reduces the Risk of Heart Diseases
According to the latest surveys in the USA, heart disease is the number 1 reason for causing death. Unsurprisingly, several factors contribute in causing a heart disease.
However, turmeric acts as a reversing agent protecting your heart from several harmful diseases.
Turmeric improves the functioning of your blood vessels’ lining, resulting in the regulation of blood pressure, blood clotting, etc.
3. Promotes Weight Loss
Consumption of turmeric in significant amount aids to increase the rate of your body’s metabolism, resulting in the burning of greater amount of calories.
Thus, in this way turmeric reduces fat mass and promotes weight loss.
4. Lowers the Risk of Brain Diseases
Most of the common brain diseases such as; Alzheimer’s, depression, etc. are caused due to the decreased levels of hormone known as ‘Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF)’ in your brain.
Turmeric significantly aids to increase the levels of BDNF in your brain, resulting in reducing the risk of brain diseases.
It also improves your memory and enhances your recalling abilities too.
5. Lowers Cholesterol (LDL)
The higher levels of bad cholesterol lead to several heart problems like; heart strokes, heart attacks, atherosclerosis, etc.
Addition of turmeric to your diet would significantly reduces the levels of bad cholesterol naturally and prevent your body from several diseases.
6. Increases Antioxidant Capacity of the Body
Most of the diseases along with aging are believed to be caused due to the oxidative damages.
Thus, it is very important to increase antioxidant capacity of your body to repel those oxidative diseases. Turmeric helps you to do this.
Turmeric is a potent antioxidant that aids to protect your body from free radicals by neutralizing them. Turmeric directly blocks the free radicals, allowing your body to boost its own antioxidant enzymes.
7. Acts as a Natural Painkiller
The anti-inflammatory property of turmeric contributes to its painkiller property.
The inhibitory action of turmeric on the inflammatory chemicals like interleukins and prostaglandins aids in reducing your body pain.
8. Improves Digestion
Turmeric promotes your gallbladder to release liquid called ‘bile’ into your digestive tract. This breaks down the fats in your foods and improves the digestion.
Turmeric also protects your liver and enhances the conversion rate of food into energy.
9. Cures Pimple and Acne
None of us likes pimple or acne on our faces and wants to get rid of them as soon as possible. Turmeric aids us to do so.
Turmeric removes opens clogged pores and excess oil from our skin. Also the anti-bacterial property of turmeric kills acne-causing bacteria. Thus, it cures pimple and acne.
10. Prevents Cancer
The uncontrolled cell growth in your body may cause a terrible disease such as ‘Cancer’.
Consumption of turmeric has been found to influence uncontrolled cell growth resulting in the development of higher molecular levels in your body.
According to various studies, turmeric reduces metastasis (spreading of cancer) and angiogenesis (growth of new blood vessels in tumors), thus preventing harmful cancer.
11. Removal of Facial Hair
Turmeric proves to be an effective agent for the removal of facial hair. In order to do so, prepare a mixture of turmeric and gram flour (besan) and apply it to your face.
Regularly using this procedure for 4 weeks will give you noticeable effect.
Thus, these are the major benefits of using turmeric in your day-to-day life. For more information about turmeric, kindly read our article on “Things about Turmeric That You Must Certainly Know”.
Site last updated: 14. January 2020
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