Turmeric, commonly known as ‘Haldi’ in India, is a part of the ginger family and its scientific name is Curcuma longa. It is the spice that brings a beautiful golden color to the curry and has a sharp taste and aroma. Turmeric’s bioactive compound makes it a powerful medicinal herb.
Turmeric’s miracle active compound is curcumin, which is rich in antioxidants, a compound often found in plants that protect the body cells from damage caused by activated molecules known as free radicals. Turmeric consumption can stop the growth of cancer cells and prevent prostate cancer, T-cell leukemia, colon and breast cancer.
Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties help in both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The antioxidants present in its attack and destroy the free radicals in our cells, which cause cellular damage. Free radicals cause inflammation in the joints. Regular consumption of turmeric can significantly reduce joint pain. Give it a try when experiencing acute or chronic pain.
Uveitis is a flare up of the iris of the eye. Curcumin is found to be as effective as corticosteroids, a prescription medication given to reduce inflammation. Please be advised to always consult a health-care professional for medical conditions such as uveitis.
It prevents unwanted plaque buildup in the heart which blocks arteries, possibly leading to a heart attack or stroke. Turmeric also prevents platelet clotting and blood clot formation in the arteries.
Turmeric has a component called lipopolysaccharide, which boosts and vitalizes our immune system. A strong immune system protects from small ailments such as colds, flu, and stomach upset. It also fights off tumor producing cells. Turmeric is antiviral, anti-fungal, and antibacterial. A warm cup of milk with turmeric powder in inclement weather is a great relief. Also, check http://www.natural-cure.org/health-and-wellness/how-to-increase-immunity-5-natural-ways-to-boost-immunity/
It’s naturally antiseptic and antibacterial properties makes it a go-to remedy for wounds. It is helpful in other inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis. A turmeric spread in a cut speeds up the body’s innate healing process.
One of the causes of cognitive ailments, such as Alzheimer’s disease is inflammation of the brain tissue which leads to hardening of tissues and accumulation of plaque in the brain. Turmeric removes this plaque, by opening up channels for increased oxygen flow and absorption. This can help to relieve some symptoms and also decelerate the advancement of the disease.
Turmeric is rich in compounds which help the liver to produce more bile, which aids in digestion and decreases symptoms of flatulence and bloating. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is useful for treating inflammatory conditions such as ulcerative colitis. http://www.natural-cure.org/health-and-wellness/gut-the-second-brain/
Our liver is the body’s detoxifier. It produces many enzymes which work to reduces toxins from our body and blood. The main detoxifying enzymes are called glutathione S-transferase (GST) enzymes. It facilitates the production of these enzymes. It also naturally improves blood circulation. Liver health is enhanced with purification and good circulation.
Add this natural, multi-faceted, miracle herb to overcome and prevent some of the most common ailments. It can be used in powder form to add to your daily vegetables, lentils, stir-fries, and warm milk. It can also be taken in pill form as a supplement. Isn’t mother nature just wonderful? She has provided us with so many natural substances that help in both health and healing.
Turmeric in no way replaces any prescription medication. Please note that turmeric should not be used by people with gallstones or bile.
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by Pragya Sinha