In all honesty, when it comes to turmeric as of a year ago, I didn’t even know what the stuff was. Several friends of mine kept telling me that I need to check it out and start to incorporate it into my diet. After 2-3 months of this, I decided to fire up the laptop to see what this was all about and boy was I glad that I did! Turmeric is amazing and here’s why!
What Is Turmeric:
Turmeric is a culinary spice widely used in Southeast Asia. Recent research reveals why this herb is such a powerful healer due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Turmeric powder is a bright yellow powder made by dry grinding of mature turmeric rhizomes (underground stems). The use of turmeric for coloring and flavoring food, for cosmetic purposes and for medicinal properties dates back to the ancient Vedic culture of India. Used in almost all Indian curries, this spice has almost no calories (1 tablespoon = 24 calories) and zero cholesterol. It is rich in dietary fiber, iron, potassium, magnesium and vitamin B6!
While studies concerning the health benefits are still premature, early evidence has linked it to a host of health benefits, most of which are based on its most active component, curcumin, the compound that also gives turmeric its yellow-orange color. Turmeric is full of powerful antioxidants, including curcumin, which are known to fight cancer-causing free radicals. Most research done on the health benefits of turmeric have been done using curcumin, not the whole turmeric root. While the studies are promising, more research, especially those using human subjects, need to be done. So far, what we do know is that turmeric is known to be anti-inflammatory, can help with managing pain, brain health support and liver detoxification, among several other benefits.
Insulin And Type 2 Diabetes:
Turmeric has been shown to gauge insulin levels by improving glucose control, as well as augmenting the efficiency of any diabetic medications. Turmeric is also quite capable of reducing developmental resistance to insulin, which can halt the establishment of type 2 diabetes.
Curcumin and Cancer:
One of the most vital health benefits is that the herb has been successful in preventing a variety of cancer strains. There is also evidence showing that the curcumin within turmeric can halt the advance of cancer cells or even outright destroying cancerous cells. This is likely attributed to the activate components within the substance, chiefly curcumin, which makes it an excellent preventative measure for radiation-based tumors. Further, it has been shown to be quite effective at preventing T-cell leukemia and carcinomas of the breast and colon.
Turmeric can detoxify the blood via its enzymes, as well as increasing the body’s natural production level of these enzymes. These enzymes work by tearing down and shrinking the levels of toxins within the body. Further, the health benefits include reinvigorating and enhancing the circulation of blood.
- Considered safe and without side effects when used optimally. People with can have mild stomach upset or diarrhea.
- Use caution if you are pregnant.
- Has the ability to make gall bladder problems and GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disorder) worse.
- Can slow blood clotting and might cause extra bleeding during and after surgery.
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