Turmeric is a bright, yellowish, mature underground stem. There are broadly two varieties of turmeric, one is hard and is generally used for dyeing purposes, another is softer one that is used for eating purposes. And there are so many health benefits of turmeric powder that it is also counted among the superfoods.
Among its various benefits, I am listing here 10 major health benefits of turmeric to make your life glowingly healthy
Benefits of Turmeric Powder
1. Increases the antioxidant capacity.
During metabolism, oxygen that we take in our body gives rise to reactive free radicals, and these harmful species becomes more powerful when our body doesn’t fight properly with it. And thus it led to rapid aging, body decaying and breakdown.
Turmeric contains curcumin, phenolic in nature, is an anti-oxidant. These curcuminoids are good in scavenging free radicals and neutralizes them. So, when our body becomes incapable of fighting with these free radicals, turmeric helps doing it, helping our body to prevent from aging cells and early decaying.
Turmeric also believed to check the growth of these free radicals at early stage. Thus it helps in increasing the antioxidant capacity of our body.
2. Anti inflammatory.
Curcumin is believed to be the pharmacological agent in turmeric. Curcumin is found to be among the most potent anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative agents in the world and it has no toxic effects unlike anti-inflammatory drugs.
3. Prevents cancer.
Studies reveal that frequent use of turmeric lowers rate of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer. Curcumin’s antioxidant behaviour enables it to protect colon cells from free radicals. Curcumin also protects the body from mutated cancer cells by destroying them and by enhancing liver function, helps it doing that.
4. Controls Diabetes.
Research reveals turmeric lowers blood glucose levels and reverse insulin resistance in our body. Turmeric acted as an anti-diabetic and antioxidant in diabetes, especially type 1 diabetes , improved metabolic function and reduced the risk of plaque buildup in the arteries of type 2 diabetes patients.
5. Anti microbial.
Since turmeric is an anti-inflammatory, it helps reducing redness and other skin irritations. Turmeric’s anti-microbial properties enable it to be used for skin infection removal and for skin glow.
6. Helps improving brain and memory.
Turmeric consumption improves the oxygen intake of the brain, which help in the proper functioning of the brain. And when brain start functioning efficiently it remains healthy and thus improves the memory.
7. Relieves Rheumatoid Arthritis pain.
Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties enables it in relieving Rheumatoid arthritis pain. Recent research in Japan suggests that regular turmeric use could be a potent strategy to prevent the onset of Rheumatoid Arthritis from developing to begin with.
8. Prevents heart diseases.
Curcumin is believed to be helpful in preventing plaque building in the arteries. This plaque clots the arteries and thus results in strokes. But if you are consuming turmeric powder then you are less prone to heart diseases.
9. Prevents Alzheimer’s disease.
Turmeric improves protection against neurodegenerative diseases. Curcumin protects against Alzheimer’s disease by turning on a gene that codes for the production of antioxidant proteins. Further, studies show that person having turmeric in their diet are found to be less prone to this disease.
10. Makes teeth white.
Anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties present in turmeric enables it to make your teeth and gums healthy. Generally turmeric powder is used with few drops of mustard oil and pinch of iodised salt, to make a paste of it for massaging over the teeth.
No doubt why it is believed to be so auspicious in not only Hindu mythology but also in various other religions, since it is not only used for one purpose but for every other health benefit, all because of its richness in anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.
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