Turmeric is used as a seasoning to add color and flavor to many dishes and it is the main ingredient in curry powder, a common Indian spice. However, turmeric is not just pretty to look at and tasteful; according to research, it offers many wonderful health benefits.
Stomach And Gastrointestinal Issues
If you have slow digestion then, turmeric may help to stimulate the gallbladder and produce bile, which is critical for digestion. Because of this, it may also be helpful for gastrointestinal disorders such as constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, and stomach ulcers. Currently, turmeric is an approved herb for digestive problems in Germany, but it has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine for improved digestions and as a carminative (combats flatulence).
Many stomach issues can cause people to become lethargic and bloated after eating, and because turmeric can help to prove digestion, it is also recommended for these issues.
People who already suffer from ulcerative colitis may be able to keep their symptoms in remission with the help of turmeric. In one study on people who were experiencing remission on the ulcerative colitis, turmeric (along with conventional medical treatment) proved to help relapse occur at a much lower rate than people who did not take the herb.
Turmeric has been shown to reduce inflammation in the body. While inflammation is normal in a body, it can quickly get out of hand when your immune system mistakenly sets off an inflammatory response, which of course can lead to excess inflammation. If you suffer from any sort of inflammatory disorder such as osteoarthritis, arthritis, or tendonitis, then turmeric may help you relieve your symptoms.
In addition, disorders linked to excess inflammation such as allergies, autoimmune disease, cancer, heart disease, and asthma.
Turmeric can help prevent blood clots that build up on artery walls by stopping platelets from clumping together. This helps to prevent atherosclerosis, which blocks arteries and can results in a stroke or heart attack.
A recent study published in the American Journal of Cardiology, found that people who used four grams of turmeric a day, were less likely to suffer from post bypass operation heart attacks than people who did not take turmeric. They also showed less inflammation and oxidation stress markers in their blood.
A lot of research has been done on the anti-cancer properties of turmeric. While the studies are still very new, there is evidence that turmeric can help to prevent and treat various forms of cancers including breast, skin, colon, and prostate cancer. The reasons are not known, but researchers suspect that it has something to do with its antioxidant properties, which help to prevent the cells from damage from free radicals.
Research has found the turmeric is capable of increasing levels of a protein called CAMP. This protein fights off bacteria, fungi, and viruses when they try to attack, and therefore improves the immune system.
In the end, turmeric is one of those spices that you cannot afford to be avoiding in your diet. Not only does it help in current issues your body may be having, but it also helps to prevent cell damage, inflammation, and oxidation stress in the body.
Studies and references
- Reader’s Digest – Benefits of Turmeric for Stomach Problems
- Curcumin and Inflammatory Diseases
- The protective role of curcumin in cardiovascular diseases