Haldi (Turmeric)

Turmeric

Turmeric, also known as curcuma longa, is a very common herb. Often referred to as the “Queen of Spices”, its main characteristics are a pepper-like aroma, sharp taste and golden color.

It is also loaded with many healthy nutrients such as protein, dietary fiber, niacin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc. Due to all these factors, turmeric is often used to treat a wide variety of health problems.

Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory, it inhibits the growth of new blood vessels in tumours and it's a powerful antioxidant. Recent research has revealed that turmeric is a natural wonder, proving beneficial in the treatment of many different health conditions from cancer to Alzheimer's disease.



Health Benefits of Turmeric:

1.Prevent Cancer: Turmeric can help prevent prostate cancer, stop the growth of existing prostate cancer and even destroy cancer cells. Multiple researchers have found that the active components in turmeric make it one of the best protectors against radiation-induced tumors.

2.Relieves Arthritis: The anti-inflammatory properties in turmeric are great for treating both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis . In addition, turmeric’s antioxidant property destroys free radicals in the body that damage body cells. It has been found that those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis who consumes turmeric on a regular basis experience much relief from the moderate to mild joint pains as well as joint inflammation.

3.Controls Diabetes: Turmeric can be used in the treatment of diabetes by moderating insulin levels. Another significant benefit is turmeric’s effectiveness in helping reduce insulin resistance which stops the onset of Type-2 diabetes. It also improves glucose control and increases the effect of medication.

4.Reduces Cholesterol Level: Research has proven that simply using turmeric as a food seasoning can reduce serum cholesterol levels. It is a known fact that high cholesterol can lead to other serious health problems. Maintaining a proper cholesterol level can prevent many cardiovascular diseases.

5.Immunity Booster: Turmeric helps stimulate the body’s immune system. Its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agents also help strengthen the immune system.

6.Heal Wounds: Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent and can be used as an effective disinfectant. It also helps repair damaged skin and other inflammatory skin conditions.

7.Detoxifies Body & Reduces Weight: Turmeric powder can be very helpful in maintaining an ideal body weight. A component present in turmeric helps increase the flow of bile, an important component in the breakdown of dietary fat.

8.Prevents Alzheimer’s Disease: Brain inflammation is suspected to be one of the leading causes of cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Turmeric supports overall brain health by aiding in the removal of plaque build-up in the brain and improving the flow of oxygen. This can also prevent or slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

9.Improves Digestion: Many key components in turmeric stimulate the gallbladder to produce bile, which then improves digestion and reduces symptoms of gas and bloating. Also, turmeric is helpful in treating most forms of inflammatory bowel disease including ulcerative colitis. However it is important to bear in mind that people suffering from any kind of gallbladder disease should not take turmeric as a dietary supplement as it may worsen the condition.

10.Prevents Liver Diseases: Turmeric is a kind of natural liver detoxifier. The liver detoxifies the blood through the production of enzymes and turmeric increases production of these vital enzymes. These vital enzymes break down and reduce toxins in the body. Turmeric also is believed to invigorate and improve blood circulation. All of these factors support good liver health.

11.Other Benefits: Fights Bacteria, Energize Body, Anti Oxidants, Reduce Risk of Cancer & Heart Disease, builds stamina, hair fall and gastric problems.

Precaution: However, turmeric should not be used by people with gallstones or bile obstruction (jaundice).

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