Turmeric, an age old Indian spice has now gained fame with multiple recipes of food & beverages.
It accounts for it’s taste but more importantly for it’s medicinal properties. Recently science has started to back up what Indians have known for a long time – it really does contain compounds with medicinal benefits.
These compounds are called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and gives a punch of antioxidants which prevents inflammation (infection) in the body.
These anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin helps your body fight foreign invaders and plays a role in repairing damage. It is so powerful that it matched the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs, without the side effects.
Considering the home remedies, turmeric has the potential to clot blood and heals the sight of cut on your body with a speedy recovery. The key takeaway is that curcumin is a bioactive substance that fights inflammation at the molecular level & solves the issue from the roots.
As per the current lifestyle we lead, there is a significant oxidative damage to our bodies, meaning it involves free radicals that react with important organic substances and triggers oxidation. Curcumin is a potent antioxidant that can neutralise free radicals & boost the activity of body’s own anti-oxidant enzymes.
Throwing some light on several common NCDs [non-communicable diseases) like the Heart Diseases, Cancer, Alzheimer’s etc. The main benefit of curcumin when it comes to heart disease is improving the function of the endothelium, which is the lining of your blood vessels. If these linings are in the right measurements and has the right flexibility for normal blood flow, then any kind of heart condition can be controlled & reversed. Curcumin leads to improvements in the endothelial functions and prevents the rupture.
Curcumin has been studied as a beneficial herb in cancer prevention and treatment. Studies have shown that it can contribute to the death of cancerous cells and reduce angiogenesis (growth of new blood vessels in tumours) and metastasis (spread of cancer).
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease in the world and a leading cause of dementia. Therefore, preventing it from occurring in the first place is of utmost importance. It’s known that inflammation and oxidative damage play a role in Alzheimer’s disease, and curcumin has beneficial effects on both.
In conditions like depression, cucumin has been proven to increase serotonin and dopamine levels leaving you with a motivational & positive feel.
To make it more interesting, Curcumin has become very popular as an anti-aging supplement to keep your skin glowing.
How can you incorporate turmeric in your meals? Use 1/2-1 tsp of turmeric powder in vegetable curries & in marinades. Mix it up with cow’s milk & make a warm cup of golden latte. To get rid of soar throat, mix it with hot water or honey & consume it immediately.
Bottom line, Turmeric deserves it’s golden reputation and serves us positively in numerous ways!