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Health Benefits of Turmeric and Its Star Ingredient, Curcumin!

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Overview

Turmeric – A herb with a phenomenal medical profile

In the beginning, it was long used as a coloring agent until the health benefits of turmeric came to light. Its medicinal properties come from compounds known as ‘curcumin’ which is the main active ingredient in turmeric.

It has very strong anti-inflammatory & anti-oxidant effects. Although it is present only 5% by weight in turmeric, however, this is a very potent compound.

Almost all the health benefits of turmeric are attributed to curcuminoids (especially curcumin) which are the compounds responsible for their therapeutic benefits to humans.

Turmeric approximately contains 2% – 8% curcuminoids by weight and curcumin is the most active component of curcuminoids, constituting about 75% of its total weight.

It is used in culinary, as a dye, and in religious ceremonies. Apart from that, considering its wide spectrum of medicinal profile determining the health benefits of turmeric, nutritionists are not shying away from calling it a ‘mystic herb’ now.

There are a lot of curcumin-based supplements in the market that have added natural compounds to add further health benefits to this already potent compound.

Health Benefits of Curcumin (Turmeric)

  • Curcumin helps in treating throat infections.
  • Curcumin treatment can reduce arthritis symptoms (pain and inflammation-related symptoms).
  • Curcumin may have an anti-anxiety impact, according to another study.
  • Curcumin may help avoid kidney failure by reducing the progression of renal damage.
  • Curcumin may inhibit pathogen entry and viral genome replication, hence preventing COVID-19 infections.
  • Curcumin decreases cholesterol, triglyceride, and LDLD levels considerably.
  • Curcumin has been demonstrated to prevent or reverse certain degenerative characteristics of Alzheimer’s disease in trials (AD)
  • Curcumin helps in boosting body immunity thereby keeping immunity-compromised people healthy & safe.
  • Due to its strong antiseptic properties, it helps in healing deep wounds naturally. It (in cream form) is used to cleanse wounds & treat skin sores
  • Curcumin helps regenerate the liver
  • Curcumin helps neutralize free radicals in our bodies.

Your grandparents at home are well known to a secret that drinking hot milk mixed with a tablespoon of turmeric powder & a pinch of black pepper acts as a natural antiseptic home remedy, in case of internally sustained injuries.

*It is to be noted that, if taking it as or in a drink, it is advisable to add black pepper as it contains piperine that boosts curcumin absorption by many folds.

Scientists have also done extensive research on the compound ‘curcumin’ which has shown that extracts from turmeric may have antifungal & antibacterial properties as well. Furthermore, active research is going on regarding its diverse pharmacologic effects on kidneys & cardiovascular diseases, arthritis, cancer, irritable bowel disease, Alzheimer’s disease & diabetes.

Wrapping Note

In simple terms, turmeric is like a superhero for your health. It’s packed with special things called antioxidants and has natural powers to reduce inflammation in your body. This means it can help with aches and pains, and some studies even suggest it might have benefits for your heart and brain. So, adding a little turmeric to your diet could be a smart and tasty choice to help you stay healthy.

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Navjot Singh
I'm an independent healthcare analyst with a passion for exploring and researching overall well-being. From cutting-edge medications to time-tested traditions, I delve into various perspectives. My extensive analysis covers health, alternative treatments, nutrition, fitness, herbs, and parenting. Every write-up on Bloomposts is churned thoroughly from authentic & published mediums. My aim is to provide valuable information for those who seek it. Now, let's dive into the articles - I hope you find them enjoyable and valuable.
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