This turmeric thing is getting mighty popular, huh? Many naturopaths, herbalists, and doctors have hailed it as nature’s super spice. We’ve seen turmeric pop up in DIY’s, recipes, and even in natural health remedies. But - what is turmeric exactly? How is it made?
Turmeric is from the same family as ginger (zingiberaceae). We all know the amazing benefits of ginger - it’s great at suppressing nausea and healing loss of appetite, digestive issues, and many other ailments that can plague our gut. So naturally turmeric should do something similar, right?
Not only does turmeric help alleviate digestive and metabolic issues, but it also contains loads of other benefits that go far beyond topical beauty routines. It’s no secret that turmeric is great for your skin due to its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antifungal and antibacterial properties. However, using turmeric in other ways has great benefits for your entire body. Just remember: steer clear of getting it in direct contact with your clothes or any other fabric, since it will stain (interesting fact: turmeric was traditionally used as a natural dye!).
Turmeric’s active compound, curcumin, has loads of health benefits. It is grown in India and goes through a long process to get the root ready for everyday use. Once it’s ready, turmeric is a force to be reckoned with!
Using turmeric daily can help with these 7 health conditions:
Low grade inflammation
Turmeric is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory. It helps alleviate one of the deadliest health risks to our bodies: low-grade inflammation. You can think of low grade inflammation as being the equivalent to internal rust. Our bodies produce this inflammation over time, which can lead to deterioration of major functions leading to heart disease, alzheimer's, cancer, and other degenerative disorders.
Similar to low-grade inflammation, oxidization of the body results in premature aging as well as many diseases. Yup, you guessed it - turmeric can help with this! Using turmeric in our daily diet helps our body increase its antioxidant capacities and help fight free radicals - one of the leading natural causes of cancer.
One of turmeric’s specialities is fighting heart disease. It does this because of its ability to help repair the inner linings of our blood vessels. Strong blood vessels play a major role in preventing heart disease since they help stop blood clots and blockages, regulate our blood pressure and monitor other important vital bodily functions.
Turmeric has great anti-glycaemic properties which help regulate insulin and pancreatic functions in our bodies. It’s great at lowering our insulin resistance within our body and helps regulate blood sugar. Because of this, turmeric is a powerful ally against diabetes.
Turmeric can actually control facial hair growth. Turmeric reduces facial hair growth by softening and dissolving the softer facial hair over time. Wave bye to that unwanted hair!
Turmeric is full of antioxidants. Antioxidants are known to fight free radicals, but most foods that are loaded with antioxidants are also loaded with phytochemicals, vitamins, and nutrients. These substances help you eat less since they suppress your appetite and keep you fuller for longer.
A vast majority of the world has faced various issues leading to digestive problems. Our gut is the vessel that absorbs and distributes all the nutrients that we consume. Because of this, keeping our guts in a good state is vital to our overall health. Turmeric does a wonderful job in maintaining this healthy state. The anti-inflammatory nature of curcumin helps protect our intestinal lining and reduce cellular inflammation within our gut. This reduces the occurrences of digestive problems, like Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Remember, regularly using natural spices like turmeric is the best way to maintain a healthy body!