7) It works as a natural Anti depressant
A leading research in China has found out that Curcumin found in Turmeric works as a natural anti depressant.
“An important theory to explain the cause of depression is the monoamine hypothesis which suggests that there is impairment of monoaminergic functions and the decrease of serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine levels.
At present, there are several types of antidepressants used in clinical practice, including tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs), selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), selective reversible inhibitors of monoamine oxidase A (RIMAs), and specific serotonin–norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), however, these drugs can produce many side-effects, therefore, considerable efforts are being invested in the discovery of better drugs for the treatment of depression
Herbal medicines such as St. John’s wort have been used as alternative therapies for depression. Curcuma longa (Family: Zingiberaceae), also called Yu-jin in Chinese, has long been used in food and medicine.” – BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
8) It reduces Cancer risk
Leading researchers at American Cancer Society have found out that Curcumin found in Cancer, “interferes with several important molecular pathways involved in cancer development, growth and spread.”
Further studies by the US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, explain the various “pathways” that curcumin counteracts to gain such properties.
9) It aids in digestive and gastrointestinal disorders
It is a well known fact that Turmeric has anti inflammatory properties; therefore it is used extensively to aid digestive and gastrointestinal disorders.
A leading study at University of Maryland Medical Center, found out various conditions in which Turmeric can be used. Some of the key findings of the study are as follows:
Curcumin which is a key ingredient in Turmeric, increases bile production in Gall bladder which supposedly helps to improve digestion
One exception to the uses of Turmeric in treating Stomach issues is Stomach Ulcers. The researchers advised against using Turmeric to treat stomach ulcers because its usage may increase the production of stomach acid.
10) It promotes brain health
A lot of scientific study has found out that Curcumin helps to increase our cognition abilities. Not only this, it is also believed to help in warding off neurodegenerative disorders like – Dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Another exciting discovery is that including Turmeric in our diet can actually aid in Neuroplasticity – development of new pathways in the brain….Now, who would have thought that.. Whoa!!
11) It promotes heart health
In the same study conducted by the University of Maryland, scientists found out that:
1. Curcumin has plaque removing qualities. Plaque buildup in arteries is actually the potential cause of a heart attack or stroke.
2. Curcumin also helps in reducing bad cholesterol known as LDL.
12) It alleviates Arthritis symptoms
Since Turmeric has anti inflammatory properties, it is also very effective in alleviating Arthritis symptoms.
A lot of medical practitioners recommend including Turmeric as a supplement in their diet along with prescribed medicines to relieve the symptoms.
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