Turmeric or ‘Curcumin’ is considered to be one of the most potent spice and found everywhere in the form of tea, capsules, and even turmeric lattes!
According to Dr. Michael Greger, author of ‘How Not to Die’, more than 5,000 articles have been published in medical journals about the health benefits of ‘Curcumin.’
Benefits of Turmeric – Spices of Ayurveda
Curcumin is the pigment that gives turmeric its bright yellow color. It’s unbelievably long list of healing properties include anti-oxidant, anti-viral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-carcinogenic, anti-mutagenic and anti-inflammatory – that should be enough benefits of turmeric to make you look up and rethink its usage in your food!
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Benefits of turmeric have been traced back to a thousand years in China and India. Some stories even suggest that it was used about ten thousand years back when Lord Rama walked the Earth.
Haldi is every Indian household’s ‘go-to fix’ for a variety of health problems. Its usage has been long written in the ancient Ayurvedic practice and has been cited to promote the holistic health. This has resulted in increased usage of turmeric in the Western world as well.
Turmeric helps control inflammation and modifies immune system responses. Researchers say that a substantial number of health conditions including diabetes, and heart disease are triggered by inflammation. Based on this study, curcumin is believed to be the active compound in turmeric that helps control inflammation at a molecular level. It inhibits molecules that go to the core of cells that significantly influence inflammation.
Curcumin helps relieve symptoms of arthritis. Especially joint swelling, walking stiffness, and joint pain due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric is effective against stomach problems. From simple indigestion to occasional stomach pain to irritable bowel syndrome – the combination of turmeric’s anti-inflammatory compounds and antioxidants makes it a superfood without a doubt!
Turmeric is known to be an excellent painkiller. As an alternative to prescription painkillers, turmeric’s anti-nociceptive effect is a helpful property for treating different kinds of pains. Turmeric communicates with the endogenous opioid system, the body’s natural pain reliever, thereby reducing the pain. In a published study in the European Journal of Pharmacology, the opioid system in diabetic rats was naturally activated upon exposure to curcumin.
Curcumin lowers the risk of many heart diseases. It helps in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and other degenerative conditions. There have been numerous studies with promising results as to turmeric’s effectiveness in lowering risks of various health conditions and their prevention. Its onset is mainly due to its antioxidant properties. Besides inhibiting free radicals, curcumin was also seen to accelerate the body’s production of antioxidants.
This natural food ingredient has shown promise in the treatment of depression, age-related chronic conditions and regulating cholesterol levels.
Here’s a simple yet effective recipe to include turmeric in your diet.
Golden Turmeric Milk
250 ml or 1 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon turmeric (haldi) powder
Place a saucepan/vessel on low to medium heat
Add milk bring it to a boil
Add turmeric to the milk and give it a good stir
If you like your milk sweet, you could add 1/2 spoon sugar.
Turmeric milk is an old traditional remedy for wounds, cough, cold and to boost immunity followed for generations by families.
Drink a warm cup of turmeric milk every day before bedtime for three weeks and notice the change it brings to your overall health. Oh! And also the excellent sleep you’d get!