7 Powerful Turmeric Health Benefits and Side Effects

 

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Turmeric Health Benefits 

Turmeric is an ancient root used for its healing properties for centuries. Turmeric comes from the rhizome (rootstock) of the Curcuma longa plant. To manufacture it, the roots of the plant are boiled, dried and then ground into a powder. Traditionally used in Chinese and Indian folk medicine, turmeric benefits are amazing and able to treat a wide range of illness. The powerful anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities of turmeric has made it a precious commodity for ages!

Referred to as “Indian saffron” in medieval England, turmeric was not understood or valued for a long time. Instead people used it as natural food dye instead of for an unbelievable healing agent that it really is. The many turmeric health benefits are truly incredible!

Having a peppery, warm and bitter flavor, the mild fragrance of turmeric resembles orange and ginger, which has made it a national favorite in curry dishes for centuries. Today, it is widely used in yellow mustard and as a natural health supplement.

Next to essential oils, few natural remedies have reached mainstream like turmeric has these past few years. Interestingly enough, you’d expect that Americans would have caught on sooner, considering that we’ve been dousing our Ball Park franks in yellow mustard since 1904. That was the year that R.T. French Company first started to use turmeric as a preservative and color agent for “creamy salad mustard.”


The Key to Turmeric Health Benefits

TurmericThe key to turmeric’s healing power is the chemical compound curcuminNearly 7,000 peer-reviewed scientific articles have been published evaluating its effectiveness and although some side effects have been reported, the resounding feedback from the research community is that turmeric and its primary component, curcumin, hold some profound healing benefits for the entire body. Take, for instance, just a few of the most recent research studies published within the past few months showing that curcumin can:

  • Increase lifespan. (1)
  • Protect the liver oxidative stress. (2)
  • Kill fungus more effectively than ginger, clove and oregano. (3)
  • Induce tumor cell death in the deepest parts of individual cells. (4)
  • Kill bladder cancer cells. (5)
  • Destroy lung cancer cells. (6)
  • Lower blood cholesterol levels. (7)
  • Protect against cognitive / memory defects from heavy ion irradiation. (8)

Top 7 Proven Turmeric Health Benefits

The list of healing powers attributed to turmeric curcurmin seem to go on for days. Of the 7,000 studies testing its effectiveness and safety, very few report any side effects whatsoever. Although, inherent dangers do exist for certain people, the vast majority of research findings in the literature center on the turmeric health benefits and it’s healing properties.

Some of the health conditions that turmeric has been shown to help with are:

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1. Chronic Inflammation and Pain

The journal Oncogene published the results of a study that evaluated several anti-inflammatory compounds. They found that aspirin (Bayer, etc.) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) are least potent, while curcumin, is among the most potent anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative agents in the world. (9) This means turmeric could not only have great promise with chronic pain, but since it has less side effects, it may provide safe, lasting results!


skeletal hands - arthritis2. Rheumatoid Arthritis

Due to its high anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is highly effective at helping people manage rheumatoid arthritis (RA). A recent study out of Japan evaluated its relationship with Interleukin (IL)-6, the inflammatory cytokine known to be involved in the RA process, and discovered that curcumin “significantly reduced” these inflammatory markers. This suggests that regular turmeric use could be a potent strategy to prevent the onset of RA from developing to begin with! (10)


Unhappy Depressed Woman3. Depression

Researchers from the Government Medical College(Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India) published the results of the first study this past April to evaluate curcumin’s ability to manage depression in a controlled setting. Taking 60 volunteers diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD) and diving the group to determine how patients treated by curcumin compared againstfluoxetine (Prozac) and a combination of the two, it discovered that that the principal curcuminoid in turmeric is not only as effective as Prozac in managing depression, it doesn’t carry with it all the dangerous side effects as anti-depressive drugs do. According to the paper, “This study provides first clinical evidence that cur cumin may be used as an effective and safe modality for treatment in patients with MDD.” (11)


Dictionary Series - Health: Diabetes4. Diabetes

Turmeric has also been shown to lower blood glucose levels and reverse insulin resistance. An article published Biochemistry and Biophysical Research Communications, for instance, published a study out of Auburn University discovering that curcumin suppresses glucose production in the liver. Fascinatingly, researchers proved that it is actually 400 times more potent than Metformin (a common diabetes drug) in activating AMPK and its downstream target acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC). Turmeric acted as an anti-diabetic and antioxidant in diabetes especially type 1 diabetes (12), and improved metabolic function, and reduced the risk of plaque build up in the arteries of type 2 diabetes patients (13).


cancer cell5. Cancer

Recent studies have shown turmeric a powerful adversary to cancer. Curcumin showed a marked ability to inhibit cancer cell growth, to boost antioxidant levels and the immune system, and kill cancer cells. It seems to work on improving mitochondrial function at a cellular level and it improves metabolism. Even against drug-resistant strains of leukemia, curcumin caused cell death of cancer cells.


Concept Of Aging And Skin Care6. Skin and Aging

Turmeric has many healing properties for skin. It is a natural anti-inflammatory so it reduces redness or other skin irritations. It is antibacterial, so it is great for blemishes, acne and skin balance. Turmeric is wonderful at improving the texture of the skin because it is an exfoliant, but also rich in antioxidants. It is a wonderful natural treatment inside and out!


Brain Function Loss7. Brain Health and Memory

It’s all in your head…literally. This vital organ is the fundamental keeper of everything you are able to think, act, or dream. By taking turmeric, you can improve the oxygen intake of the brain, which helps in all of the brains functions and processes. Turmeric is extremely healing for brain and for increasing memory function. Not surprisingly, when your brain is functioning at its best, then you increase the uptake of hormones such as seratonin and melatonin. So, by healing the basic functioning of the brain, you can also heal other mental illnesses.

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