Turmeric Health Benefits

With health at the forefront of a lot of people’s minds, it is always nice to know what exactly is good for us and why. In this guide, we will explore some of the amazing health benefits of turmeric.

What is Turmeric?

Turmeric is a spice which has been used for over 2500 years. The spice itself originated in India and was originally used as a color dye. However, thousands of tests have proven that turmeric is, in fact, one of the healthiest foods we can eat.

15 Benefits of Adding Turmeric to Your Diet

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  • Turmeric is a natural antiseptic that has previously been used to heal cuts and wounds.
  • When tested, turmeric seemed to prevent the spread of breast cancer to the lungs. This test was carried out on mice.
  • Various tests that have been run to prove that the properties in turmeric can prevent potential childhood leukemia. Some doctors may recommend that a child consume turmeric in their diet if they believe that the chances of them being struck with the disease are higher than usual.
  • Various tests have shown evidence that turmeric can eliminate some cells that are carrying the melanoma virus. Since melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer this is an amazing property.
  • Various tests have shown signs that turmeric can slow down the ‘progression’ of Alzheimer’s. This is because properties in turmeric remove plaque build-up in the brain, which leads to the progression of Alzheimer’s.
  • Turmeric may prevent the build up of metastases, which is a property found in the majority of cancers.
  • Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory. Many patients that need to use this type of medication, but cannot (due to the side effects), tend to eat a lot of turmeric in their diet. In most cases, turmeric will not ‘give off’ any of the side effects, but will still have a ‘healing’ effect.
  • Other tests that have been carried out on mice have shown that turmeric has shown positive signs of slowing down the signs of multiple sclerosis.
  • One of turmeric’s ‘favorable health benefits’ is that it is a natural painkiller. If you are taking turmeric for this reason, make sure you speak to a doctor.
  • Turmeric has been used in Chinese’s medications as a treatment for depression for thousands of years, and there has been no scientific research to prove that their findings are incorrect.
  • Turmeric is often taken alongside Paclitaxel (a drug taken for chemotherapy), as it has been proven to boost the positive effects of the medication, and, at the same time, reduce the side effects.
  • Turmeric has been shown to stop potential development of new blood cells in cancerous tumours.
  • Turmeric speeds up the healing of wounds, and helps to reshape damaged skin.
  • Turmeric has shown nothing but positive results in its ability to assist patients with pancreatic cancers.
  • Tests are currently being run to prove that turmeric is effective in ‘helping’ fat metabolism, which may help potential weight gain.

All of these benefits above have been proven or have at least shown signs of positive testing. Doctors will be more than happy to talk to you about the vast benefits of turmeric.

Another strange but true ‘health’ benefit of turmeric is that it is a ‘natural’ cure for terrible acne or as a ‘skin paste’ to help people with glowing skin. Indian women have used turmeric as a skin paste of sorts to assist them with keeping their skin healthy and glowing. While the younger generation has used turmeric as a skin paste (applied 2-3 times a day for 10 minutes) to help to ‘cure’ acne.

Turmeric can be added to your diet in one of two ways. Either you can take a tablet, or you can add it to your meals. Remember, turmeric is a spice which is often found in curries and ‘spicy foods’. Therefore, you should always search around to find in which foods it is best to add turmeric. Many people have said that taking turmeric as a tablet is better because it allows the body to absorb the qualities of turmeric, whereas consuming the powder does not.

As you can see from the above, the health benefits of consuming turmeric are vast, and the benefits above are not all the listed benefits of turmeric. Therefore, next time you are at the doctors, speak to them in regard to adding turmeric to your diet.

Category: Nutrition

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