Now you might be thinking of curry when you hear turmeric… but there’s definitely more to this spice than being the highlight of many Indian delicacies. Turmeric has been dubbed by some as “the queen of spices” or “holy powder” because of its many health benefits. It has been widely used for by eastern cultures for centuries, especially in traditional Ayurvedic medicine.
What is turmeric?Turmeric belongs to the ginger family. It is most commonly a yellow-orange powder that is obtained from the root of the Curcuma longa plant. In general, turmeric contains many essential vitamins and minerals like manganese, iron, fiber, vitamin B6, potassium, vitamin C and magnesium. That said, it’s miracle ingredient or main active component is Curcumin, responsible for its strong yellow colour but also for most of its beneficial properties.
Cancer Fighting PropertiesAccording to Dr. William LaValley’s research, curcumin has powerful anti-cancer activity. It inhibits various types of cancer cells from growing, including tumor cells. Not only that, while it helps destroy the bad cells, it does not do harm to the healthy ones. In fact, it actually promotes healthy cell function.
Some other health benefits of turmeric/curcumin:
- Boosts liver detoxification– The antioxidant properties in curcumin helps in maintaining the peak performance of your liver*
- Supports heart health – The anti-inflammatory properties aid in controlling cholesterol levels and plaque buildup in your arteries.*
- Relieves muscle pain and prevents stiffness of joints - Curcumin holds the herb’s anti-inflammatory superpowers. It alleviates joint stiffness and muscle aches that you may experience after yoga or a workout and it can also aid in lowering the risks associated with developing arthritis.*
- Regulates blood sugar – Turmeric helps control sugar levels and improves your body’s response to insulin. It is also thought to help in preventing the onset of Diabetes Type II.*
- Helps fight infections – Say goodbye to the common cold, flu, or sore throat. Taking turmeric in the flu season helps the body fight the viruses/bacteria that cause these infections. *
- Boosts brain function – Curcumin helps improve your overall ability to process and understand information. It is also thought to protect from memory loss and help in preventing Alzheimer’s disease.*
- Irritable bowel syndrome help - Turmeric helps improve digestion. It is ideal if you are experiencing bloating, gas, or if you have constipation or diarrhea.*
- Enhances mood – turmeric helps balance out your mood (thanks again to curcumin). It may assist in combatting depression, and can even help improve sleep.
- May help slow down ageing – Another benefit of Curcumin is the ability to help prevent degeneration of several body functions and so assist in longevity. *
So how can you add turmeric to your diet?
- Make a curry
- Add it to fresh juices/drinks
- As an organic Supplement
- Capsule form
- Powder form