Before there were prescription medications, herbs and spices were the foundation of ancient and traditional medicines around the world. And today scientists across the globe are going back to the ancient wisdom and rediscovering the potential in these natural herbs and spices.
One of the most popular and beneficial of these spices is what is commonly known as “Turmeric”. It is a key ingredient in cooking in Indian and Asian countries. It is generally used for giving color and flavor to the dishes but this marvelous spice has astonishing health benefits as well. A lot of research has gone into uncovering the health benefits of this spice.
Here are 12 compelling reasons, why you should include Turmeric in your diet:
1) It helps in maintaining ideal weight
According, to a research conducted by Tufts University, “Curcumin” an active ingredient found in Turmeric helps to minimize the growth of fat tissues and controls excessive weight gain.
Therefore, including Turmeric regularly in your diet along with regular exercising is an excellent way to maintain your ideal weight.
2) It has anti ageing properties
Turmeric has been used since ages in households to enhance beauty. It is also used extensively by pharmaceutical companies in beauty products.
There is a lot of scientific research that shows that Turmeric actually works on a deeper level in your body and it can actually prevent DNA damage and help in DNA repair.
There is no reason, why you should not use this miracle spice to slow down your aging process.
3) It helps to fight infection
A research conducted at George Mason University, showed that Turmeric contains certain ingredients that have anti-bacterial and antivirus properties. Therefore, it is used generously to treat wounds and injuries.
4) It helps to maintain ideal blood sugar levels
Including turmeric in our diet is an easy and highly effective way to reduce our blood sugar levels.
How does it work?
“Anti-diabetic activity of curcumin may be due to its potent ability to suppress oxidative stress and inflammation. Moreover, it shows a beneficial role on the diabetes induced endothelial dysfunction and induces a down-regulation of nuclear factor-kappa B. Curcumin possesses a protective role against advanced glycation as well as collagen cross linking and through this way, mitigates advanced glycation end products-induced complications of diabetes.” explains, Nabavi SF, Applied Biotechnology Research Center, University of Medical Sciences, Iran.
5) It has anti inflammatory properties
“Turmeric has been used for over 4,000 years to treat a variety of conditions. Studies show that turmeric may help fight infections and some cancers, reduce inflammation, and treat digestive problems.” – University of Maryland Medical Center
Traditionally, Turmeric has been used in India and ayurveda medicine systems to reduce inflammation in people suffering from arthritis and colitis.
Since, inflammation leads to weight gain and obesity that can trigger other host of diseases like High Blood pressure, reducing inflammation has been the key aim of all integrated medicine systems.
How does it work?
“Turmeric contains the chemical curcumin. Curcumin and other chemicals in turmeric might decrease swelling (inflammation). Because of this, turmeric might be beneficial for treating conditions that involve inflammation.” – Web MD
6) It protects the liver
Curcumin which is an active ingredient in Turmeric is believed to have potential to delay liver damage that can eventually lead to cirhossis or liver transplant.