9 Amazing health benefits of Turmeric (curcumin)
Turmeric, our very own ‘haldi’ is part and parcel of everyday cooking. Wounds are treated by topical application of the paste of turmeric and by drinking a glass of milk with turmeric. Turmeric has deep roots in Indian culture and has been in use for thousands of years. Modern science is now backing what we Indians have been knowing for a long while.
9 Amazing Health Benefits Of Turmeric (Curcumin)
Many studies have shown that turmeric has major health benefits to offer.
Turmeric contains compounds with medicinal properties. The compounds found in turmeric are curcuminoids. Curcumin is the most important one of the lot. It is anti-inflammatory in nature and a powerful anti-oxidant. However, turmeric contains only 3% of curcumin by weight. To reap maximum benefits one has to use the extract of turmeric that contains curcumin chiefly. When consuming curcumin, it would be advisable to take black pepper along which is a natural substance that increases curcumin absorption by 2000%.
1) Curcumin is anti-inflammatory in nature
Heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease can be a result of chronic inflammation in the body. Thus, it becomes essential to fight chronic inflammation to ward off these diseases. Curcumin is an extremely strong anti-inflammatory agent and helps in fighting inflammation at the molecular level.
2) It is a strong antioxidant
Free radical damage is the root cause of several diseases. Antioxidants protect the body from free radical damage. Curcumin has been found to be a powerful antioxidant that helps in neutralizing free radicals. It also boosts the performance of the antioxidant enzymes present in the body.
3) Known to improve brain function
It was believed that after early childhood neurons are not able to divide and mutilply. Now it has been found out that this is not so. Neurons can multiply and increase their count in certain brain areas. There is one particular brain hormone that makes this possible, it is called BDNF. Several brain disorders including Alzheimer’s disease are linked to a decrease in this hormone. Curcumin has the ability to increase levels of BDNF in the brain. This way it can fight many brain diseases. It can also improve one’s memory.
4) Curcumin lowers risk of heart disease
Heart disease is one of the dreaded disease that claims so many lives. Heart disease has various factors that contribute to it. Curcumin can help in reversing factors that cause heart disease. It improves the functioning of the lining of the blood vessels. Being an antioxidant as well as an anti-inflammatory agent makes it ideal to protect against heart disease.
5) Helps prevent cancer
Studies show that curcumin reduces the growth of cancer cells and helps in killing cancerous cells. Though the study has only be tested on animals it seems pretty promising.
6) Curcumin can be helpful in preventing Alzheimer’s disease
Curcumin does show some promise when it comes to preventing the dreaded Alzheimer’s disease. Studies need to be done in this lie to clear up matters.
7) Responds well to arthritis patients
Arthritis is of many types but most types involve joint inflammation. Curcumin being a powerful anti-inflammatory, helps in treating arthritis. There is improvement in symptoms associated with arthritis with curcumin supplementation.
8) Treats depression
In one study where depression patients were given an anti-depressant and another group was given curcumin. Curcumin showed positive results similar to the anti-depressant drug. Curcumin can also boost other brain hormones.
9) It fights ageing and age-related diseases
Simple logic says that when curcumin can reduce the risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer, it would increase longevity. It has thus become popular as an anti-aging supplement that has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
Good old turmeric is beneficial for health. To get the most out of it you need to consume its curcumin extract.
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