Turmeric Health Benefits!
Bommanahalli, Bengaluru Feb 11, 2017
Turmeric, a relative of ginger, is a yellow-orange spice which you commonly have seen bottled up on the racks of Indian Kitchen and Middle Eastern cooking. For centuries it has been used as a medicine in places to treat issues such as breathing problems.
In recent studies, turmeric has also credited as a superfood that can fight cancer, depression, and more. Therefore, let’s find more about it.
What are the Health Benefits of Turmeric?
Turmeric uses and benefits are many; some of them are:
Turmeric is Anti-Inflammatory
The curcumin in turmeric has anti-inflammatory property. It helps in maintaining healthy inflammation responses in patients with diseases such as like heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and even obesity.
Turmeric for Healthy Joints
Turmeric helps in maintaining the health and mobility of your joints. A study concluded that 500 mg (turmeric dosage) of daily curcumin given to patients with chronic inflammatory disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis is more effective than the prescription drug.
Turmeric for Heart Health
Heart disease is the leading cause of death globally. Many factors in the body can lead the heart disease. Believe it or not, but chronic inflammation plays an essential role in heart disease. Taking turmeric as an anti-inflammatory agent can help prevent heart disease and heart attacks. This is because the curcumin present in the turmeric can improve the lining of blood vessels which regulate the blood pressure and clotting (that can lead to heart disease).
A study also found that curcumin also helps in elevating the levels of healthy cholesterol. A daily turmeric dosage of 500 mg increased the HDL (the “good” cholesterol) by 29% in 7 days.
Turmeric fights Stress
Turmeric is also known as “adaptogens”, which means they it has the ability to modulate the stimulation/production of stress hormones from the adrenal glands. Hence, it helps you fight physical and emotional stress more efficiently.
Turmeric for Weight Loss
Stress increases the cortisol level in the body. Cortisol helps in fat accumulates near the stomach since the cells in the stomach are more sensitive to it. Since curcumin can fight stress, it can fight obesity too.
Turmeric for Brain Health
Curcumin can boost a protein in the brain called BDNF, which is responsible for helping the brain grow.
Turmeric for Radiant Skin
What are the turmeric benefits for skin? Well, this can be hundreds, but let us list a few for you:
- It improves proper nourishment and provides radiant and healthy-looking skin.
- It has an anti-ageing property as it is a rich source of antioxidant that fights the oxidative damage and boosts the overall look of the skin
- It can help fight the appearance of ageing skin. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties
What is the Best Way to Take Turmeric?
If you are wondering how to take turmeric? We have a solution for you! Try the Turmeric-Ginger Tea. Ginger is known as Zingiber officinale, and turmeric is called Curcuma longa, and both are widely used individually for their nutritional and medicinal effects. Ginger is a flowering plant native to Southern Asia. Turmeric is a herbaceous perennial plant in the ginger family; they both work better together.
This tea is a powerful antioxidant, including sulphuric compounds, phytochemicals, curcumin, and gingerol, as well as magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron, copper, and zinc.
What are the Benefits of Turmeric-Ginger Tea?
- It relieves chronic pain, indigestion, anxiety, diabetes, high cholesterol, Alzheimer’s, dementia. And eczema.
- It lowers cholesterol levels, primarily LDL cholesterol, which is responsible for plaque deposition in the arteries and blood vessels.
- It can help to stimulate neural activity, increase focus, and reduce the deposition of beta-amyloid plaque, which can lead to Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia.
- It can relieve pain throughout the body.
- It lowers the chances of cellular mutation.
- It boasts a number of antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic qualities that make it an excellent immune system aid.
- It has often been used to treat skin conditions, particular acne and inflammatory problems like psoriasis and eczema. It stimulates the growth of new cells and preventing signs of ageing, such as wrinkles and blemishes.
- It reduces nausea and promotes healthy digestion. It can help to stimulate peristaltic motion and eliminate cramping and bloating, which can also eliminate symptoms of constipation.
- It can also help treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), ulcerative colitis, acid reflux disease, and even stomach ulcers.
- It keeps glucose and insulin levels balanced, prevent the dangerous spikes and drops in blood sugar.
- It helps improve mood and fight depression.
How to make Turmeric-Ginger Tea?
- One cup of water
- Two teaspoons ground turmeric
- One teaspoon grated ginger
- Honey or stevia to taste
- Heat the water and slowly add it to the turmeric and ginger in a cup, making a paste at first. When the tea is thoroughly mixed, add honey or stevia to sweeten. Stir it before drink as the ginger will settle to the bottom.
- Drinking one cup of potent brew each day is enough to enjoy health benefits. Consuming more than this is not only dangerous, but it does increase the risk of specific side effects.
What are the Side Effects of Turmeric-Ginger Tea?
- If you are taking medication for treating diabetes or high blood pressure, the glucose-regulating and hypotensive nature of turmeric ginger tea may drop your blood sugar or blood pressure to dangerous levels.
- If you have a history of gallbladder issues or kidney stones, this tea could exacerbate the conditions by increasing uric acids levels in the blood.
- Allergies to ginger and turmeric do exist and may result in skin irritation, headache, and nausea, dizziness, swelling of the tongue, lip or throat.
- It can be dangerous to breastfeeding and pregnant women.