The Golden Queen of Spices, Turmeric, is a powerful yellow root with an impressive list of healing properties. It has a pungent, sharp taste and a unique aroma. Also known as Curcuma longa, turmeric is a rhizome from the ginger family, native to southern Asia.
The Journal of the American Chemical Society confirmed that turmeric has anti-inflammatory, anticarcinogenic, antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic properties.
In fact, turmeric is one of the most studied herbs in the last decades, having over 6,000 studies done to the present, and some of them concluded that it’s even better than drugs. The Indian Solid Gold, as it is called, has proven to be more efficient than anti-inflammatory and arthritis medication, cholesterol drugs, anti-depressants, pain killers, steroids, diabetes drugs without any side-effects whatsoever.
Turmeric contains a plethora of healthy nutrients: niacin, proteins, dietary fibers, Vitamin C, E, and K, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, and zinc. The most important constituents of turmeric are curcumin (present in a proportion of 3% in the turmeric powder), volatile oils such as tumerone and zingiberene, sugars, and resins.
In the Traditional Ayurvedic Medicine, turmeric has been used for thousands of years to treat inflammations, joint pain, throat infection, liver problems, skin problems such as acne and psoriasis, indigestions, etc. Now science is starting to catch up.
So why is turmeric and curcumin get so much attention in the natural health industry?
1. Powerful Smoothing Effects - Arthritis and Osteoarthritis
A research article published in The International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology revealed that curcumin has amazing multiple therapeutic values, being efficient in inflammations, neurodegenerative, cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, autoimmune, and neoplastic diseases.
The study concluded that “the various effects of curcumin has been widely studied in Western systems of medicine for decades, and has been found to possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Considering that inflammation plays a major role in most chronic illnesses, anti-inflammatory agents are needed for prevention purposes. Because curcumin inhibits multiple pro-inflammatory pathways and is affordable, this phytochemical should be further explored for prevention and treatment of various chronic diseases.”
Curcuma has proved to be efficient and safe in alleviating pain in knee osteoarthritis in a study lead by Kuptniratsaikul V. and co. published in the Journal or Alternative and Complementary Medicine, in August 2009. The turmeric supplements were as efficient as ibuprofen, the study showed.
2. Diabetes Prevention - Regulates Insulin Production
In a 2012 study, doctor Somlak Chuengsamarn, MD, and his team found that a curcumin supplement taken daily helped subjects avoid diabetes at a success rate of 100%. The researchers concluded that curcumin had an anti-inflammatory effect and improved the function of beta-cells in the pancreas to regulate insulin production.
3. Natural Anti-inflammatory - Whole Body Benefits
Dr. Randy Horowitz, medical director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine affirmed that “Turmeric is one of the most potent natural anti-inflammatories available.”
Oral intake of natural turmeric in capsule-form, is highly convenient and offers proven benefits for eyes, kidney, lungs, throat inflammation.
4. Supports Brain Function - Regenerates Stem Cells
Research revealed that a volatile compound in turmeric, called ar-tumerone proliferates the stem cells in the brain that are responsible for recovering from neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer and strokes. The study “Stem Cells Research and Therapy” was founded by the University of Cologne, Germany, lead by Joerg Hucklenbroich, and published in august 2014.
Numerous other studies show how turmeric supplements have tremendous applications in neuropharmacology and neuroscience in the last century.
5. Liver Booster - Protects and Reinforces the Liver
Turmeric’s active compound, curcumin, protects the liver and helps it regenerate by stimulating antioxidation, show a very recent study, published in August 2016, in the Journal of Complementary Alternative Medicine.
6. Gastrointestinal Cleanser - Mitigates Diseases
Curcumin has been recently discovered to have protective, anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, and anticarcinogenic properties in gastrointestinal diseases, such as inflammatory bowel syndrome, hepatic fibrosis, and cancer.
7. Skin Radiance and Vitality - Anti-Aging Properties
Turmeric, a true queen of beauty, has been used for thousands of years in beauty regimes, to brighten the skin, to eliminate blemishes and acne, to regulate oily skin, to make the skin smooth, to reduce wrinkles, to soothe red or irritated skin, etc.
Facial masks or scrubs, creams, compresses are some of the natural regimes with turmeric with which you can get started.
8. Natural Topical Healer - Speeding Up Recovery
Topical applications with turmeric on problematic skin, wounds, cuts, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis help reduce inflammation, burn, irritation, itchiness, rashes, and speed the healing process.
Now, what's the best way to get all these awesome health benefits turmeric and curcumin in your daily life?
Your body will need to feel the amazing healing benefits of a natural turmeric supplement after a dietary intake, for long periods of times, consistently, studies show. The most convenient and potent way to fit turmeric powder into your lifestyle is in capsule-form.
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