The “Powerhouse” root of all: Turmeric
Benefits of Curcumin Turmeric, a spice used often in preparing curries, is gaining popularity as one of the most powerful herbs in fighting diseases. For centuries, it has been a staple of traditional Indian medicine (especially Ayurveda) and has been used as a wound healing agent. The number one active constituent of turmeric and the one responsible for its vibrant yellow colour is Curcumin. Curcumin is known to be one of the most powerful antioxidants and is also a potent natural anti-inflammatory agent of turmeric which has numerous health benefits associated with it. Here are a few of the aforementioned health benefits:
1. Reduces inflammation
Curcumin has proved beneficial in reducing inflammation by inhibiting inflammation causing molecules in our body (3).
2. Boosts cognitive functions
Intake of curcumin protects brain cells by eliminating abnormal proteins responsible for breakdown of healthy brains cells, further preventing occurrence of diseases such as Alzheimer’s (3).
3. Improves joint and muscle health
Curcumin promotes healthy inflammatory response and repairs cellular damage resulting in healing of tissues and relieving joint and muscle pain (3).
4. Aids proper digestion.
Digestive diseases such as bloating, gas, constipation, abdominal pain, acid reflux are common, disruptive and frustrating Intake of curcumin reduces inflammatory compounds in the gut and strengthens the intestinal wall leading to proper digestion (3).
5. Helps in reducing blood glucose levels
Curcumin can lower blood glucose levels and overall long term levels of glucose in diabetics by reducing liver glucose production and increasing glucose uptake and insulin secretion from pancreas (1)
6. Helps prevent cancer
Studies show that curcumin reduces the growth of blood vessels in tumors, stops spreading of cancer and may even contribute to the death of existing cancerous cells (3,4).
7. Lowers serum cholesterol levels in humans for a short period of time
Research has shown that daily oral intake of curcumin canreduce the harmful oxidation in our body which reduces the risk of several heart diseases caused due to it (5).
In order to avail the many health benefits as mentioned above, it is crucial that the turmeric powder contains a substantial amount of curcumin. This is achieved when the turmeric powder is made using the best quality of turmeric root which is hygienically packaged and sourced from the best of farms.
1. Ghorbani, Z., Hekmatdoost, A., &Mirmiran, P. (2014). Anti-hyperglycemic and insulin sensitizer effects of turmeric and its principle constituent curcumin. International journal of endocrinology and metabolism, 12(4).
2. He, Y., Yue, Y., Zheng, X., Zhang, K., Chen, S., & Du, Z. (2015). Curcumin, inflammation, and chronic diseases: how are they linked?. Molecules, 20(5), 9183-9213.
3. Julie, S., &Jurenka, M. T. (2009). Anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin, a major constituent. Alternative medicine review, 14(2)
5. Soni, K. B., &Kuttan, R. (1992). Effect of oral curcumin administration on serum peroxides and cholesterol levels in human volunteers. Indian journal of physiology and pharmacology, 36, 273-273
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