Turmeric has been India’s very own food spice and medicinal herb since many years. The plant has a very unique place in our culture and lifestyles. Just take a look at our advertisements. There have been very few beauty and skincare products without being branded for the turmeric it contains. Besides being used as a spice, turmeric has found to have many medicinal values and has varied health benefits.
The major compound in turmeric is curcumin, a curcuminoid compound which gives it its yellow colour. Curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties and is also a very good antioxidant. Studies have found that turmeric plant is ideal for making medicines for the treatment of arthritis.
2. Acne relief
This is a common knowledge to most households of India. Turmeric has the ability to shred dead skin cells and reduce the oiliness on the skin surface. It is an ideal ingredient for face masks. Turmeric heals the skin from acne roots and gives a glossy look to the face.
3. Better digestion
Including turmeric in everyday diet can increase your metabolism and help in proper digestion . The spice is even being recommended by ayurvedic doctors for irritable bowel syndromes.
4. Healthy liver
The antioxidant properties in turmeric help to neutralise harmful toxins in the liver. It filters out the harmful substances from food or drugs we consumed and protects our liver.
Turmeric supplements and powders are available in the market. These can be consumed under a minimal dosage for reaping its many health benefits. Most of us already use turmeric as a curry powder in our diet. We also have a tradition of in taking turmeric by mixing it with milk. Turmeric is also available as extracts or capsules which can be used under the prescription of a doctor.
Researches are still being made on the health benefits of turmeric. Western medicine has recently started to recognise the medicinal values of this magical herb. As a widely accessible and common spice in India, we should explore more on the possibilities of turmeric and its health benefits.
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