Turmeric: the plant with the magical root

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TTurmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory herb that’s been used for centuries to treat variety of ailments. This root, which is a cousin to ginger, is native to Southeast Asia and sometimes called “Indian Saffron” because of its beautiful golden color. The dried root of the Curcuma longa plant is ground into the distinctive yellow turmeric powder.

This plant is argued by many to be the most powerful herb on the planet at fighting and potentially reversing diseases.

Turmeric offers the following health benefits:

INCREASE THE ANTIOXIDANT CAPACITY OF THE BODY

Oxidative damage is believed to be one of the mechanisms behind aging and many diseases. It involves free radicals, highly reactive molecules with unpaired electrons.

Free radicals tend to react with important organic substances, such as fatty acids, proteins or DNA. The main reason antioxidants are so beneficial is that they protect your body from free radicals. Curcumin is a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals due to its chemical structure.

In addition, curcumin boosts the activity of your body’s own antioxidant enzymes. In that way, curcumin delivers a one-two punch against free radicals. It blocks them directly, then stimulates your body’s own antioxidant defenses.

ENCOURAGES HEALTHY CHOLESTEROL LEVELS


High cholesterol is known to be caused by oxidative stress brought on to the body by chronic inflammation and high blood sugar. So, again, reducing inflammation in the body supports healthy cholesterol levels.

One study found curcumin comparable to prescription drug Lipitor on endothelial dysfunction in reducing in inflammation and markers of oxidative stress. An earlier animal study showed similar results on the body.

AIDS IN MAINTAINING NORMAL BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS

Turmeric has been used to treat diabetes in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine for years. A 2013 review of scientific studies found that curcumin stabilizes glucose levels in the blood and also helped with complications related to diabetes.

In one study, 100 overweight people with type 2 diabetes took either 300 mg. of curcumin or a placebo for 12 weeks. The researchers found that those taking curcumin had significantly lower fasting blood glucose.

INHIBITS THE GROWTH OF TUMORS AND REDUCE THE SPREAD OF
CANCER

The curcumin in turmeric slows the development and growth of cancer in the body. Animal research indicates that cucurmin has the ability to actually kill tumor cells and inhibit tumor growth. This may prevent cancerous cells from growing in the body.

When it comes to preventing cancer before it starts, one human research study found that taking 4 grams of daily curcumin reduced the number of precancerous lesions in the colon by 40%. The research suggests that curcumin is most beneficial in breast, bowel, stomach, and skin cancer.

RELIEVES PAIN

Turmeric is thought of as a pain reliever. The spice is reputed to relieve arthritis pain as well.

Studies seem to
support turmeric for pain relief, with one study noting that it
seemed to work as well as ibuprofen (Advil) in people with arthritis in their
knees.

Though dosing
recommendations seem to vary, those who participated in the study took 800 mg
of turmeric in capsule form each day.

TURMERIC PROTECTS YOUR HEART

Curcumin and turmeric have been shown to protect your heart in numerous ways like improving endothelial function and reducing inflammation and free radical damage. Reap the benefits in a delicious way by cooking turmeric into a fiber-rich whole-grain dish like brown rice, quinoa, or barley

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Source: AgricNews-Update

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