Benefits of Turmeric

Benefits of Turmeric

  • Turmeric is totally trending these days. We all have forgotten our traditional herbs and is fascinated towards the Modern system of medicines. We all are familiar with the effects & side effects of modern medicines still we prefer to go to choose that deadly combination because we all want instant relief.
  • Ayurveda is a science of life it is a holistic health care science that focuses not only the prevention of disease but addresses solutions to chronic conditions.
  • Ayurveda’s approach focuses on the root cause of the health problem and solves it through effective natural procedures.
  • Herbs play an important part in all our lives not from today but since ages.
  • One such versatile herb is
  • It’s used as a spice specially in Indian curries, as a dying agent, used in auspicious days in Indian families (Marriages, pujas) most importantly has been used since ages in various ailments.
  • Like a pinch of Turmeric in milk(Golden milk) is highly recommended specially to children to prevent them from seasonal cold , cough & allergies.

Description of Turmeric –

Botanical name-   Curcuma longa

Family-    Zingiberaceae

Synonyms-

  • The Latin name for turmeric is Curcuma Longa, which comes from the Arabic name for the plant
  • Haridra -The Yellow One.
  • Gauri – The One Whose Face is Light and Shining
  • Kanchani – Golden Goddess
  • Aushadhi – Herb
  • Haldi – Yellow

Chemical constituents-

  • Curcumin(diferuloylmethane), a polyphenol compound responsible for the bright yellow color of turmeric, is believed to be the principal pharmacological agent.
  • In addition to curcumin, turmeric contains the curcuminoids atlantone, bisdemethoxycurcumin, demethoxycurcumin, diaryl heptanoids, and tumerone.

Benefits of Turmeric

  1.  Anti-inflammatory properties-

  • Research has shown curcumin to be highly effective in reducing inflammation. The anti-inflammatory effect of curcumin is most likely mediated through its ability to inhibit cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), lipoxygenase (LOX) and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS).
  • In many cases even now Haldi is applied if there is local inflammation and then the area is covered with a cloth piece to prevent further inflammation.
  1. Antioxidant properties of Turmeric-

  • Curcumin has powerful anti-oxidant properties and thus prevents body from free radicals.
  • Free radicals causes various signs of ageing such as fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation.
  • Haldi is used in many face packs due to it’s properties. Haldi is applied to grooms & brides before marriage as a ritual because they enhance skin tone & provide a lustrous glowing skin.
  • Curcumin is a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals due to its chemical structure
  • It boosts the activity of your body’s own antioxidant enzymes.
  1. Effective in Diabetes-

  • Curcumin present in Turmeric delays the onset of Type 2 Diabetes by inhibiting the formation of inflammatory cytokines & thus having favourable effects on blood glucose levels.
  • Curcumin helps in decreasing Insulin resistance & Cholesterol levels.
  • Turmeric helps to reduce inflammation & oxidative stress, which are factors that play role in diabetes.
  • Recent studies believe Turmeric is one of the best Ayurvedic medicines to treat Diabetes naturally.
  1. Lowers the risk of heart diseases-

  • Heart disease is a common health problem. There are several different types of heart disease like Heart attack, atherosclerosis, Ischemic stroke, Arrhythmia etc.
  • Curcumin when it comes to heart disease improves the function of the endothelium, which is the lining of blood vessels.
  • Several studies suggest that curcumin leads to improvements in endothelial function.
  • Curcumin reduces inflammation and oxidation, which play a role in heart diseases.
  1. Improves Immunity-

  • Turmeric also boosts immunity levels. Its anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties protect from a variety of infections.
  • A pinch of Turmeric in a glass of milk is very beneficial for persons suffering seasonal allergies.
  • Having a medicine may provide a temporary relief, but it doesn’t eliminate the chances of falling sick again.
  • Seasons will change & we can’t stop them but we change the chances of being sick.
  1. For skin-

As an age old remedy Turmeric has been used by mothers, grandmothers to heal wounds,  a pinch of turmeric is applied over the wound to make it heal faster.

Not only in wounds turmeric is very beneficial for skin also-

  • Prevent acne and breakouts
  • Fight eczema and psoriasis
  • Reduce scars
  • Lighten dark circles
  • Give a natural glow

Some of the Precautions-

  • A higher dosage of curcumin leads to acid reflux, diarrhoea, dizziness and headaches.
  • Turmeric might slow blood clotting. This might increase the risk of bruising and bleeding in people with bleeding disorders.
  • Turmeric might make stomach problems such as GERD worse.
  • Turmeric can make blood sugar too low in patients with diabetes.

Conclusion-

  • Turmeric and its components are recommended in dietary regimens to combat a wide variety of diseases.
  • Today spices are used around the globe in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
  • Every herb, spice or medicine, if taken in excess, have their side effects.
  • Proper dosages and the right time to consume is very necessary for any type of medicine.

1 TBS of turmeric contains-

  • 24 calories
  • 7 grams of fats
  • 4 grams of sugar
  • 5 grams of protein
  • 4 grams of fiber
  • 3% of Magnesium & Vit C
  • 5% B-6
  • 15% Iron

Read Also: Ginseng Health Benefits

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