Turmeric is a spice which belongs to the ginger family. It’s mainly used in Asian food for giving yellow coloration to rice and curries. However, turmeric also possesses a large number of medicinal uses which are unknown to many. Let’s take a look at the health benefits of turmeric and how we can use it for different purposes.
Medicinal Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric possesses antimutagenic and antioxidant properties. It means that turmeric stops the free radical formation in the body which kills the normal body cells and initiates abnormal cell production i.e. hyperplasia. This hyperplasia of cells leads to cancer and tumor development in the body. Turmeric also contains a special volatile oil which is highly effective in preventing and treating the pain of tendonitis, arthritis, and bursitis. It works as a potent pain relieving agent in painful medical conditions.
The antioxidants present in turmeric treat atherosclerosis i.e. formation of clots in the arteries by causing deactivation of PAF i.e. Platelet-Activating Factor. This factor stimulates the cholesterol plaque formation in the blood arteries which leads to a number of cardiovascular diseases like myocardial infarction i.e. heart attack, hypertension i.e. increased blood pressure, stroke, angina, and heart failure. Hence, by preventing the formation of cholesterol plaques, turmeric also prevents the onset of cardiovascular disorders.
Curcumin present in turmeric prevents the hardening of arteries in diabetic individuals. It also stops the loss of beneficial protein through renal elimination. Turmeric potentiates the working of enzymes which cause sugar and lipid metabolism, thereby controlling the blood-sugar levels and blood-cholesterol level in an individual.
Turmeric is also beneficial in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders which include dyspepsia i.e. heartburn, diarrhea, stomach pain, flatulence, anorexia nervosa i.e. loss of appetite, and stomach bloating. It’s also useful in treating hepatic disorders and gallstones.
According to recent scientist research, turmeric is also found to be useful in the treatment of neuronal and psychological disorders like Alzheimer’s disease, chronic depression, anxiety, and fibromyalgia.
How to Use Turmeric
- A turmeric, honey and water paste can be applied on the skin which works as a scrub, stops acne formation, and heals skin inflammation.
- Turmeric is used as a pharmacological ingredient in lotions, creams, and ointments for treatment of skin diseases like psoriasis and eczema.
- A paste of Aloe Vera gel and turmeric can be applied externally to relieve pain and itching from chicken pox, burns, poison ivy, and insect bites.
- Turmeric tea can be consumed at night to improve sleep.
- Turmeric is also used as a supplement to reduce the pain and inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis.
- Turmeric paste can be applied on the skin while beaching or during any other situation with excessive sunlight exposure as the antioxidant characteristic of turmeric works as natural bronzer and sunscreen.
- A paste of brewed black tea and turmeric darkens the skin on a temporary basis and provides optimum protection from the harmful UV radiations emitted from sunlight.
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