The health benefits of turmeric is in the active ingredient called curcumin. curcumin compound gives turmeric its therapeutic benefits, its yellow color, and its pungent flavor. More specifically, curcumin harbors antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, stomach-soothing, and liver-and heart-protecting effects.
Among the many health benefits of turmeric, is that it harbors antiplatelet activity. The herb reduces the ability of the blood to form clots and, as such, this action may improve circulation as well as offer some protection against heart attacks and strokes.
Some of the many major benefits of Turmeric
If you suffer from digestive problems this may be the herb for you. It helps digest fats by stimulating the flow of bile. No wonder it was used traditionally as a digestive aid.
It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.
When combined with cauliflower, has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.
It Prevents breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice.
It May prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide.
It Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.
It is a natural liver detoxifier.
It may prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.
It is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.
It aids in fat metabolism and helps in weight management.
Side effects of using Turmeric
In general, turmeric is considered safe even at higher doses. However, it does have some limitations.
It should be used with caution by people with gallstones, stomach ulcers, or bile duct obstruction as turmeric may exacerbate these conditions.
It can be a uterine stimulant, so pregnant women should consult with a doctor before taking turmeric during pregnancy.
People with serious liver or heart conditions should also consult with a doctor before taking turmeric supplements.
Will it help me to lose weight?
What is new is that the spice is getting some attention from serious medical researchers at prestigious institutions such as Columbia University in New York. In one recent study, Columbia researchers discovered that mice which consumed quantities of turmeric had reduced incidence of diabetes, weren’t as prone to weight gain, and even had fewer liver problems than the control group.
BDST: 1020 HRS, JULY 08, 2012
Edited by: Sharmina Islam, Lifestle Editor
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