Health benefits of turmeric

turmeric benefits

Turmeric is a rhizome closely related to ginger. It contains curmumin which gives turmeric its yellow colour. It has been known to the world since ancient times. Several unique properties of turmeric make it the ideal choice as food flavouring, an effective ingredient in medicines and cosmetics, and a natural colourant. 

There is more to turmeric than a spice in curries, it also provides many health benefits. Turmeric has been known to be a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant, and recent research has revealed that the curcumin in turmeric is beneficial in treatment of many different conditions such as Alzheimer's.

 

Some of the health benefits of turmeric include:

  • It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, which makes it useful in disinfecting cuts and burns, and in speeding up wound healing.
  • Helps to moderate your insulin levels. 
  • May help in the prevention of cancer.
  • It is a liver detoxifier.
  • May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease by removing amyloid plaque build-up in the brain.
  • It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory.
  • Works as a painkiller.
  • Has been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.
  • It is a natural remedy for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Arthritis patients using turmeric for arthritis were found to benefit from reduced morning and evening joint pains.

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