Eat it in your food, drink it in your tea or put it on your face; this versatile spice is worth incorporating in your diet and skin care routine, here is why
1. Brain health:
The antioxidant properties of turmeric may help with brain health. A study published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that adding just one gram of turmeric to breakfast could help improve memory of patients in early stages of diabetes and cognitive decline.
2. Helps regenerate brain stem cells:
A study published in the journal Stem Cell Research & Therapy shows that a bioactive compound found in turmeric promotes the regeneration of stem cells in the brain. The findings of this study suggest that aromatic turmerone could be a future treatment for neurological disorders, including Alzheimer’s and stroke.
3. Helps treat arthritis:
According to the Arthritis Foundation: “Several recent studies show that turmeric/curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties and modifies immune system responses. A 2006 study showed turmeric was more effective at preventing joint inflammation than reducing joint inflammation.” One 2012 study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research showed that curcumin worked better than diclofenac sodium medications in relieving rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.
4. Immune booster:
A team of researchers from Oregon State University conducted a study on turmeric that was published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. The team found that curcumin activated cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide (CAMP), which is a part of our immune system that detects and identifies harmful bacteria so that it can be killed.
6. May help fight cancer:
Turmeric has even been shown to kill multiple myeloma cells. Curcumin also has anti-inflammatory properties, which means it gets rid of chronic inflammation in the body that is believed to be a major cancer risk factor.
7. May help prevent Alzheimer’s disease:
Research shows that turmeric reduces inflammation that may cause Alzheimer’s. Studies also show that curcumin, an ingredient in turmeric helps block the formation of amyloid-beta plaques, which are substances known to drive the loss of brain function in Alzheimer’s.
8. Pain reliever:
The powder has anti-inflammatory properties comparable to steroidal and non-steroidal drugs (e.g., aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen). Turmeric is a great alternative to over the counter pain relieving drugs.
9. Regulates blood sugar:
According to a study from Harbin Medical University in China, patients with type II diabetes who took 300mg of turmeric a day for three months showed significant decreases in blood sugar and insulin resistance than those who took a placebo. It is easy to add to the diet. You can add it to a variety of foods or to your morning tea.
10. Skin health:
Turmeric, the superstar spice can help aid in skin health due to its antioxidant and anti-aging properties. It can help lighten blemishes and get rid of sun spots and age spots. Mix powdered turmeric with some honey and lime juice and you got yourself a face mask.