Making delicious curry isn’t the only use for turmeric. Along with it’s commonly known flavor enhancing features, it also has amazing health benefits. The chemicals in turmeric have been shown to treat inflammation and increase your bodies own natural defenses.
- Turmeric gives ball park mustard it’s bright yellow color.
- It is comes from the root of the Curcuma long plant and is related to ginger
- Turmeric is also called “Indian Saffron” because of it’s bright yellow orange color
- It can be used as a cooking ingredient, in natural medicines, and a dye. In fact, make sure not touch any of your favorite clothes with fresh turmeric unless you want them to be permanently stained yellow!
- India produces 90% of the world’s supply of turmeric
Here are some of turmeric potential health benefits:
Turmeric has been shown to just as effective as anti-inflammatory drugs like hydrocortisone or Morton to decrease inflammation. However turmeric does not have potential toxic side effects such as decrease white blood cells, ulcers, and intestinal bleeding.
Turmeric can help relieve osteoarthritis pain and reduce swollen joints. The National Institutes of Health recommended taking 500mg twice a day to help fight against achy arthritis pains.
Turmeric has been to studied for its cancer fighting ability. It has been shown to not only kill cancer cells, but slow the growth of any remain cell that survive.
Increase production of Antioxidant Enzymes
Not only does turmeric have a power antioxidant that can neutralize free radical, it also help stimulation your body to produce its own antioxidants.
Depression and Alzheimer’s Disease
Turmeric can increase levels of Brain-Derived Neuropathic Factor (BDNF) which increase the growth of new neuron and fight off degeneration. Brain disorders such as depression and Alzheimer’s Disease has been linked with decreased levels of BDNF. It’s possible that turmeric could help improve your memory or even make you smarter.
Turmeric can help prevent the buildup of plaque in your arteries that can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
Indigestion and Heartburn
Turmeric stimulates the production of bile in the gallbladder which can reduce the symptoms of indigestion and heartburn. It may also help treat bloating, gas, and an upset stomach. The NIH recommend taking 500mg 4 times a day to help improve digestion.
A mixture of warm garlic oil and turmeric is believed to help draw out water from ears after swimming.
The people of Okinawa, Japan have the world’s longest average lifespan. Dr. Andrew Weil believes this is because they drink turmeric tea daily. Recipe for turmeric tea: boil 4 cups of water then add 1 teaspoon of turmeric. Simmer for 10 minutes, strain, and add honey/ginger to taste.
Turmeric may help fight against liver damage and slow the process of cirrhosis because of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Taking a daily supplement of turmeric may help lower your risk of getting type 2 Diabetes.
Turmeric can also be used as a health and beauty product:
Although turmeric will stain your clothes, Former Miss USA Susie Castillo swears by her homemade toothpaste with turmeric to keep her teeth sparkling white.
Add the perfect glow to your foundation
Adding a pinch of turmeric to your foundation or tinted moisturizer will give your skin a perfectly sun kissed glow.
Get rid of dandruff
A mixture of turmeric and olive or coconut oil will not only help get rid of dandruff, it will also improve the condition of your scalp. To use: Massage the mixture into your scalp, leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse off before adding shampoo and conditioner.