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Proven Health Benefits Of Turmeric/ Curcumin

 

What is Turmeric?

Turmeric is a perennial herb with tufted leaves. It is one of the most important spices that are used in Indian homes to give yellow colour to the curry. The plant reaches up to a height of 1 m. It is highly branched and found in cylindrical rhizomes. The leaves are arranged in two rows alternately. 

Nutritional Information About Turmeric

The most important constituent of Turmeric is curcumin. It includes three different curcuminoids: curcumin, bisdemethoxycurcumin and demethoxycurcumin.

  • It is also rich in volatile oils such as turmerone, atlantone, and zingiberene.
  • Curcumin has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

What Are Turmeric/ Curcumin’s Benefits?

Culinary Uses:

Turmeric is one of the most important ingredients used for making food. 

  • It is also used as a colouring agent in many south Asian cuisines. 
  • It is also used to impart a golden yellow colour to many dishes. 
  • It is also used in dairy products, canned beverages, baked products, yogurt, popcorn colour, sauces, etc. 
  • In some parts of India, turmeric leaves are also used to wrap and cook food. Though turmeric is mainly used in its dried and powdered form, it is also used fresh for other purposes. 

Health Benefits Of Turmeric/ Curcumin

In Ayurveda, turmeric has been used traditionally for many different ailments. It is mainly used for stomach disorders, boosting up immunity, liver ailments, and skin problems, and for cleansing wounds. It supports the normal functioning of the digestive and respiratory systems.

Curcumin Acts As An Anti-inflammatory Compound

Curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties and it helps your body to fight against foreign substances, and plays an important role in repairing the damage. It works by blocking NF-kB, a molecule that reaches into the nuclei of your body cells and aggravates the genes related to inflammation. Curcumin is a bioactive compound that helps to fight inflammation at the molecular level. 

Turmeric Increases The Antioxidant Capacity Of Your body

Oxidative damage may occur which is the main reason for aging and other health issues. Turmeric has antioxidant property and it helps to protect your body against free radicals. Free radicals are harmful substances that react with important organic substances in your body. Curcumin also helps to boost the activity of your body’s antioxidant enzymes. 

Curcumin Boosts Up Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor That Improves Brain Function And Lowers The Risk Of Brain Diseases. 

Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a type of growth hormone that performs different functions in your brain. Deficiency of this hormone can lead to different brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, depression, etc. Curcumin helps to increase brain levels of BDNF. It may also help in increasing memory and concentration. 

Curcumin Lowers The Risk Of Heart Disease

Curcumin helps to improve the function of the heart. It improves the functioning of endothelium, the lining of blood vessels. Curcumin also reduces inflammation and oxidation that also plays a major role in lowering the risk of heart disease. 

Turmeric Can Also Play A Role In Lowering The Risk Of Developing Cancer

Studies show that curcumin is a useful herb that lowers the risk of preventing the uncontrolled growth of body cells. Studies suggest that it can also help by reducing the growth of new cells and spread to the other body parts. 

Curcumin Is Useful For Arthritis Patients

Curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties and is useful for arthritis patients. It helps in reducing the signs of inflammation of joints such as swelling, redness, and pain. It provides support to the joints and helps in the normal functioning of the muscular-skeletal system.

Curcumin Helps In Delaying Age-Related Diseases

Curcumin helps in delaying age-related diseases due to its antioxidant properties. It helps in reducing free radicals in the body and boosts up energy. 

Blood Purifier

Curcumin also acts as a blood purifier. It purifies the blood and rejuvenates your skin. It brings a natural glow to your skin and prevents anti-aging signs. 

Spiritual Significance

Turmeric is considered an auspicious and holy substance in India and it is widely used in many ceremonies in Hindu culture and traditions. It is a popular substance used in wedding and religious ceremonies. 

What Is The Difference Between Turmeric And Curcumin?

Curcumin is a naturally occurring chemical compound and it is mainly derived from turmeric. Turmeric is a root of the plant which is known as Curcuma longa. Curcumin belongs to a family of compounds known as curcuminoids. It was first identified in the year 1815. Since then, many studies are being done to learn more about this chemical compound. 

A turmeric root may contain up to 2-5% curcumin. Therefore, taking unstandardized powdered turmeric root may not provide the necessary amount of turmeric. Curcumin is not well absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract but turmeric is good when used as a spice. A curcumin extract is a good choice. 

How To Take It?

Turmeric should be taken with fats to obtain its full health benefits. When taken with healthy fats such as coconut oil, olive oil, or ghee, the curcumin in turmeric is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. 

Another way of using turmeric to get its full benefits is to take it with black pepper. You can also add a pinch of pepper to the turmeric milk to reap its full benefits. Curcumin alone cannot be used properly by the body. Black pepper contains an active ingredient known as piperine which helps in easy absorption of curcumin by your body. 

Modern Research Studies

Respiratory support: Curcumin extracted from Curcuma longa or turmeric is traditionally believed to be effective for supporting your immune system. It is traditionally believed to promote the healthy functioning of air sacs. An In vivo study on the effects of curcumin reported that curcumin helped improve lung functions. [1]

Joint support: Studies indicate that turmeric extracts also support the normal structure and functioning of joints. [2]

Skin support: Turmeric is traditionally believed to support your skin. It gives you natural flawless skin. [3]

Biogetica synergistically blends plants for ideal assimilation and transport in the body. Hence as per the tenets of Ayurveda, we create synergist blends while ensuring that each ingredient has a precise amount of active molecules. For more information on the Biogetica products, you may reach at www.biogetica.com.

Reference Links:
1. http://ajplung.physiology.org/content/296/4/L614.short

2. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/np050327j

3. https://www.google.com/patents/US5897865

Dr. Ritu

Dr Ritu Sandhu, B.H.M.S., Homeopath, and NASH member graduated From Chandigarh Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, INDIA is a licensed Homeopathy practitioner since the last seventeen years. She writes on health-related topics to share her cumulative experience. Her mission is to uphold the time-honored values of compassion and humanity when caring for patients.

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