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What Are The Health Benefits Of Turmeric That Once Can Derive?

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Turmeric is one of the most common ingredient which is found in every household. It is more commonly seen in Southeast Asian, Indian, and Middle Eastern cuisines. Apart from using it as a key ingredient in various dishes, this yellow-colored spice has been used for its medicinal properties since ancient times.

Over the years, scientists have found this spice to be effective in curing and preventing a number of health conditions such as diabetes, heart diseases, cancer, depression, etc.

Turmeric is widely known and used for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. This is one ingredient which is packed with a number of scientifically proven health benefits mainly because of its key ingredient curcumin. This is also the ingredient which is responsible for the turmeric’s characteristic yellow color.

What Are The Health Benefits Of Turmeric

Below are some of the health benefits that once can derive by using turmeric in their daily life.


Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Turmeric is often considered to be extremely effective in fighting inflammation because of its anti-inflammatory properties. It is effective in treating health conditions like arthritis, pancreatitis, inflammatory bowel conditions, etc.


Protections against Heart Disease

Studies have proved that curcumin is effective in protecting the health of a thin membrane. This membrane covers the blood vessels and inside of the heart and is essential in maintaining the blood pressure. This protection helps in decreasing the risk of heart diseases.


Possible Prevention and Treatment for Cancer

In a cancer, the main focus is on tumor growth with inflammation linked to it. So, the anti-inflammatory property of curcumin may help in possible prevention and treatment of different types of cancer such as pancreatic, breast, prostrate, colorectal, gastric, etc. Currently, research is still in progress to find out whether turmeric can truly help in curing cancer.


Reduce Osteoarthritis Symptoms

People suffering from osteoarthritis may find some relief in the form of reduced pain, improvement in stiffness, and better physical function with the help of the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric. Studies have shown that curcumin can be used as a long-term treatment option for osteoarthritis patients.


Possible Prevention and Treatment of Diabetes

According to certain research, curcumin may be effective in preventing and treating diabetes and other related conditions such as diabetic kidney disease in people suffering from type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it may be effective in improving various diabetes related factors such as insulin resistance, hyperlipidemia, high blood sugar, etc.


Possible Reversal or Delaying of Alzheimer

A key protein which is responsible for keeping our nerve cells healthy is brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). This protein is commonly found in our brain and spinal cord. Degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer usually have lower levels of BDNF, and turmeric has certain properties which can help in boosting the levels of BDNF. Thus, delaying or reversing conditions such as Alzheimer.


Treating Depression

Like Alzheimer, depression is another condition which is associated with lower levels of BDNF. Which is why, studies have shown that it may be possible to treat depression with the help of curcumin which acts as an antidepressant.


Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory condition which primarily affects our joints. However, in some cases, it can spread to other body parts as well such as skin, heart, eyes, lungs, and blood vessels. This condition often results in painful swelling of joints which ultimately results in physical disabilities. Researchers have found curcumin to be an effective and safe ingredient in treating this health condition.


Improving Skin Health

When it comes to skin care, you will see that a number of skin care products including home made skin products usually include turmeric as one of its key ingredients. This is because of the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties present in turmeric which is effective in treating a number of skin condition such as acne, psoriasis, aging, eczema, etc. A lot of skin doctors even recommend topical curcumin treatments for treating different types of skin conditions. However, care must be taken to ensure that you use the recommended dosage of curcumin only.


Protection from Free Radicals

Free radicals are often responsible for causing different kinds of damages to our body. Over-exposure to free radicals can have an impact on our fats, proteins, DNA, etc., which in turn can lead to unwanted health conditions like arthritis, Alzheimer, cancer, heart diseases, etc. The antioxidant properties present in turmeric can help in successfully fighting against these free radicals and keeping our body safe and sound.

Apart from these super health benefits, there are many researches that are still ongoing to find out various other benefits of this yellow-colored spice – turmeric.

Dr. Shin Fen Chow is an American Board of internal medicine certified doctor and a dedicated and diligent internist serving the community of West Orange. Dr. Chow obtained her medical degree from the University of Columbia and then completed her residency in internal medicine at Mayo Clinic, Rochester. She is a part of BHMG- center for Asian health and received many awards and scholarships like Dr. Charles F. Hamilton award in pulmonary medicine and Mead university scholarship from Columbia University in 1991 and 1987 respectively.

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