Turmeric is well known for its cosmetic and antiseptic uses. Over the past few years, it has become extremely popular organic food and it is one of the most important ingredients used by Indian Ayurvedic practitioners. This spice gives natural yellow color and taste to dishes and it is also quite cheap and easily available. The chemical seen in turmeric is called curcumin, and it is the reason behind all the specialties of turmeric. It looks like ginger, but if you cut it, you can see yellow color.
You would mostly be using dried turmeric which is made by peeling, boiling and drying the rhizomes. When turmeric undergoes this process, it loses some of its natural properties but it still is good for your health. These are some of the health benefits of turmeric you might not know.
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties. When foreign bodies enter your body, under natural conditions your body will fight back. However, if your immunity is low, this natural resistance from the body will be weak.
When external forces attack the natural state of the body, it causes a condition known as inflammation. Turmeric has natural inflammatory properties and is of great use for such conditions. However, if your inflammation is not reducing, it is advisable to consult a doctor immediately.
Your body encounters millions of germs and bacteria everyday. Usually the body has the capability to fight off such bacteria and rarely does bacteria and microbes enter the body and that’s when you fall sick. The medicines that you consume while you are unwell boosts the immunity of the body and helps regain normal health condition.
Turmeric is a well renowned anti-bacterial agent. It will fight bacteria trying to harm your health with a compound called curcumin. For boosting your immunity, it is recommended that you increase the intake of turmeric in your diet–either in raw or powder form. You can drink turmeric water to consume in the raw form.
Nourishes brain cells
As you get older, your brain starts becoming less active and unless you maintain a healthy diet, exercise your brain cells will not stay sharp. As part of the diet to keep your brain sharp, you should include turmeric in your every day food.
Brain capacity increases when new neural pathways are formed. It has been proven that turmeric has a special ability to create new neutral connections that helps maintain brain power and enhances brain capacity through vital nourishing.
Rich in antioxidants
Anti oxidants are those compounds that help de-toxify your body and reverses the effects of aging. Periodic detoxification of outer skin and inner linings of stomach is essential to keep yourself healthy.
Turmeric has great detoxification process and having one glass of turmeric water early in the morning helps your digestive system stay clean and removes impurities from the blood.
Prevent heart problems
Heart diseases affect millions of people around the world. From heat valve issues to heart attacks, heart health is something you cannot take for granted anymore. Curcumin in turmeric has the special abilities to keep blood vessels healthy.
If your family has a history of heart issues, we recommend you consume more turmeric so that your heart gets healthy in the long run.
Keep the skin young
If you are worried about getting old and the effects of aging, we recommend that you increase the dose of turmeric in your diet in raw form so that the body is able to extract maximum nutrients out and keep you younger for long time.
Everyone ages, but people who lead a healthy mental and physical life tend to age slower. With regular intake of turmeric, your skin tone will become more attractive. It can also reduce dark spots and wrinkles.
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disorder which causes brain cells to deteriorate and slowly die causing loss of memory, thinking abilities, social skills and finally the affected person’s ability to function normally.
As turmeric triggers new neural connections, the chemicals in turmeric will reduce your chances of memory loss. There is no research backing to prove that having turmeric everyday will for sure prevent Alzheimer’s disease, but with healthy effects of turmeric, you certainly will have lower chances of developing the disease.
When an insect bites, it injects venom in to your blood stream. Turmeric paste can attack the venom and neutralize it. In Ayurveda, turmeric is a medicine for spider and mosquito bites.
However, if effect of insect bite is not reducing even after applying turmeric you should immediately consult a doctor. Turmeric can be considered as a home medicine and should never be considered a replacement for ointment.