Turmeric or Tumeric, the golden colored and strongly flavoured spiceis brimming with health benefits. This ancient spice is popular for its medicinal values primarily because of the active ingredient “curcumin”. India is one of the largest producers of this spice in the world. Though it is a common ingredient in most of our Indian foods, there are many unknown facts of this super spice.
Turmeric and the health benefits
Natural Antioxidant : Supports Weight loss
Turmeric’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties reduces the risk of cancer and supports detoxification. These properties enhance this super food’s potential to support blood sugar balance, liver and kidney function.
Turmeric when taken regularly in small amounts aids in weight management. It prevents fat accumulation in adipose tissues (fat tissues) and other organs. The curcumin will help boost metabolism, further aiding weight loss.
A study published in the September 2014 issue of “Life Sciences” has reiterated that the curcumin’s medicinal properties can speed up wound healing. It is proven that turmeric improves collagen synthesis, improves wound contraction and increases tissue strength. Its natural anti-bacterial property prevents bacteria’s from entering the body through wounds.
Curcumin is a strong antioxidant. It raises the level of antioxidant enzymes and treats the condition of oxidative stress. A diet rich in antioxidants is the best solution to look young. Because of the numerous health benefits and properties it is also an aid for good sleep.
Balances blood sugar
According to various studies published in The Journal of Endocrinology, curcumin helps in the prevention of type 2 diabetes. It improves beta cell functioning, has a glucose lowering effect and improves fatty acid oxidation and utilization. This indirectly aids in weight management.
Turmeric’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help to treat digestive tract disorders. This ingredient has shown to lessen ulcer formation by 85%. It also prevents lesions, tissue necrosis and haemorrhaging to a great extent.
Curcumin is a natural antidepressant. This increases the key neurotransmitters associated with depression, serotonin, and dopamine. Its antioxidant property protects the brain cells from free radicle damage and brain aging. New researches shows that curcumin increases the bioavailability of omega-3 fatty acid. Thus, it helps prevent Alzheimer’s, anxiety and stress. Turmeric also improves memory and concentration.
There are lot of turmeric or curcumin supplements available in the market. However, It is advised only to include natural sources in the form of freshly ground turmeric powder. Use this wonderful spice in your daily cooking and reap the never-ending health benefits. In addition, you can add turmeric powder to your water or milk. Turmeric is better absorbed when consumed with pepper.
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– Ashwini, Krupa
– Consultant, Nutrition