Nature has a unique way of taking care of our health. It manifests these healing properties through various herbs, foods and plants. Turmeric is one of these, and it has over 600 experimentally confirmed benefits.
With its origins in India, this golden colored spice is a mainstay in cuisines of the Middle east and South East Asia. The Chinese too have been using it as medicine for centuries. While, it is only today that it is growing more popular in the west, it has always been around serving humankind.
The plant is made up essentially of curcuminoids. Curcumin is the most important component of turmeric. This is what gives any curry the yellow color. Turmeric is used in curries, soups, marinades and can be simply sprinkled on to salads too. It has a very mild flavor, therefore makes a great addition to any diet.
With its antioxidant properties, it helps in reducing free radicals in the body that increase inflammation. Studies have suggested that is helps alleviate symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. So, it’s ideal for people who suffer from joint pain.
Low level and chronic inflammation is known to be the key player in almost all chronic ailments like cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s and number of degenerative conditions.
Other studies have proved that curcumin could block the growth of the enzyme that increases the growth of neck and head cancer, therefore causing the spread of malignant cells.
Curcumin is also known to help in delaying and may be even reversing brain related diseases. It could also improve memory and brain function. It also helps in improving endothelium, which is the lining of blood vessels, thereby helping reduce the risk of heart disease. The lining helps regulate clotting of blood, blood pressure and also allows for optimal functioning on one’s body. It also helps treat anti-depressant effects in the brain, by increasing neurotransmitters that are known to cause depression.
Speak with a Registered Holistic Nutritionist or get in touch with a Homeopath to learn how you can incorporate it in your daily diet to live a healthy life.