Tantalising Turmeric – 5 Reasons to Spice up Your Life

 

Turmeric powder

The spice turmeric has been used for centuries not only to flavour, colour, and preserve foods but also as a medicinal remedy, and it has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of inflammatory disorders. The active component of turmeric, curcumin, is being extensively studied around the world and has numerous beneficial properties.  

Joint pain: The anti-inflammatory benefits of curcumin may help ease joint pain. Studies have actually shown promising results in the ability of turmeric and curcumin to manage pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. It may also be helpful for athletes looking to soothe soreness. 

Cancer: Turmeric’s role in cancer treatment and anti-cancerous properties have been proven and supported by research too.  

Anti-inflammatory Properties: Chronic inflammation is a root cause of many health conditions like heart disease and cancer. Turmeric can suppress many molecules that are known to play a major role in inflammation. The effect of turmeric’s powerful anti-inflammatory properties offers a protective benefit. 

Brain function: Curcumin has been studied for its potential to boost brain health by increasing and supporting healthy levels of a hormone called brain-derived neurotropic factor, which plays a key role in long-term cognitive function and helps with preventing Alzheimer’s.  

Gut function: Though we often associate turmeric with spicy foods like curry, it has actually been used to treat inflammatory bowel conditions like colitis and irritable bowel syndrome.  

By Certified Nutritionist, Soumya Kuthadi 

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