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Ten Essential Health Benefits of the Golden Spice

November 19, 2011  by: Paulose  Points: 30   Category: Health    Views: 646

Turmeric, the golden spice of India, has been one of the most powerful healers of nature. The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, possesses many vital therapeutic properties that can treat a lot of ailments.


Marco Polo who visited India in the 13th century described turmeric as "a vegetable with the properties of saffron, yet it is not really saffron." It is an ancient spice of South East Asia. The medicinal properties of this golden spice have been slowly revealing themselves over the centuries and studies are still going on to find out its effectiveness in many diseases. Long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, recent researches have revealed that turmeric is a natural healer for treating many different diseases from cancer to Alzheimer's disease.

Ten Essential Health Benefits of Turmeric

1) Turmeric an Essential Ingredient in Ayurveda and Siddha Medicines

Turmeric has been used in both Ayurvedic and Siddha medicines of South India as an anti-inflammatory, to treat digestive and liver problems, skin diseases, and wounds. Turmeric is widely used as a food ingredient in India for its medicinal properties. Besides the medical values, it gives the Indian cuisine its distinctive flavor and yellow color.

2) Dietary Supplement and Natural Medicine

Turmeric has long been used as a dietary supplement, natural medicine and even as an antiseptic applied directly to wounds and skin diseases. Recent research suggests that turmeric as a food ingredient may have benefits for the prevention or treatment of ailments like Alzheimer's disease, cancer and liver problems. Another important factor is that there are no known negative side effects to consuming this spice in quantities of up to 12 grams (0.42 ounces) per day.

3) As a Powerful Anti-oxidant

The property Curcumin in turmeric is also a powerful antioxidant that scavenges particles in the body known as free radicals, which damage cell membranes, tamper with DNA, and even cause cell death. This antioxidant can neutralize free radicals and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damages caused by them.

4) An Anti-inflammatory Healer

The substance curcumin also reduces inflammation by lowering levels of two inflammatory enzymes in the body, called COX-2 and LOX, and stops platelets from clumping together to form blood clots. Turmeric has been used to treat wounds, cuts and abrasions since it prevents inflammation. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural healer for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

5) Turmeric a Boon to Treat Cancer

Scientists have found that curcumin the constituent of turmeric can help block a cancer promoting protein. Still researches are going on to find out turmeric's anti-cancer potential. Studies suggest that curcumin may help prevent, control, or kill several types of cancers, including prostate, breast, skin, and colon. They state that curcumin's effects may be due to its ability to stop the blood vessels that supply cancerous tumors from growing, and its preventive effects may come from its strength as an antioxidant, protecting cells from damage.

6) A Protector from Atherosclerosis and Heart Troubles

Scientists state that turmeric may help prevent atherosclerosis, the buildup of plaque that can block arteries and lead to heart attack or stroke. A property of turmeric lowers cholesterol levels and keeps LDL or 'bad' cholesterol from building up in blood vessels, a process that helps form plaque. Because it stops platelets from clumping together, turmeric also can prevent blood clots from building up along the walls of arteries

7) Turmeric Controls Diabetes

Researchers have discovered that turmeric controls diabetes, since its usage enables lowering of blood sugar levels and blood cholesterol levels. In Siddha system, a mixture of turmeric powder in boiled water of gooseberry is given in the morning and evening for controlling diabetes.

8) An Effective Bacterial and Anti-viral Herbal

Turmeric is a powerful fighter against bacteria and virus. It speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin. Being a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent it can heal quickly. It can even help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.

9) An Unfailing Elixir for Stomach Disorders

In the Asian countries turmeric has been used for centuries as an effective medicine for indigestion and many other stomach disorders. It reduced symptoms of bloating and gas in people suffering from indigestion. A main reason for this healing is its ingredient Curcumin which stimulates the gallbladder to produce bile.

10) A Natural Cosmetic

The yellow color of turmeric due to curcumin is the main reason for its use as a cosmetic. Several studies suggest that turmeric has antibacterial and antiviral properties which help healthy maintenance of skin. Turmeric has a natural fragrance and its yellow color adds beauty to the skin. In India it is used as a natural hair remover.

A Precaution

Turmeric and curcumin are very powerful and are considered safe only when taken at the recommended doses. Sometimes, taking large amounts of turmeric for long periods of time may produce stomach upset and other disorder



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