Curcuma longa, commonly known as turmeric, is a very potent herb that can be found on virtually every kitchen shelf. It possesses a golden color and an aroma similar to that of capsicum pepper.
The American Chemical Society has revealed that turmeric contains a vast number of chemical substances with anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-mutagenic characteristics. The herb has also been found to possess anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiviral and antioxidant properties and is packed with numerous nutrients. For these reasons, it has been considered an active substance in the treatment of several health issues such as:
The antibacterial and antiseptic properties of Turmeric make it a highly effective disinfecting substance. When applied to injuries, it quickens the healing process. It is also effective in treating damaged skin as well as other skin (and inflammatory) conditions.
For people above 35 years, a high level of cholesterol in the serum can enhance the development of some cardiovascular diseases. Hence, it is very crucial to keep cholesterol levels in the body as low as possible. Turmeric is one herb that has proven to be very effective in drastically reducing cholesterol levels in the body.
For people who wish to maintain moderate body weight, turmeric can be a very useful herb. This is because the flow of bile – an active fat-breaking substance – has been known to be increased with the turmeric intake. Taking one teaspoon of the herb during each meal every day is enough to do the trick!
As stated earlier, turmeric possesses anti-inflammatory properties that make it very active in treating conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Constant consumption of this spice has proven to be highly effective in relieving pain and inflammation of the joints.
Outcomes of several studies have shown that turmeric helps to prevent a good number of cancers and inhibit the growth of cancer cells. The active chemicals contained in the herb has also shown to be effective in protecting the body from radiation-incited tumors.
Suffice it to add that the growth of tumor cells like breast carcinomas, T-cell leukemia, and colon carcinomas have been efficiently prevented by this herb.
For several years, turmeric has been known to maintain the body’s insulin levels and hence is able to control diabetes. It also enhances the body’s glucose management thereby improving the effectiveness of diabetes medications.
Turmeric also battles insulin resistance in the body and as a result, inhibits the development of diabetes type 2.
However, it is important to seek the attention of your physician or medical personnel before using turmeric for diabetes control – especially when you have already been placed on medication. This is because the herb-drug interaction that may result from taking turmeric with drugs include hypoglycemia – which indicates low blood sugar.
Why not begin to improve the state of your health today by including this potent herb to your meals? You can take them in the form of pills or add the powder directly to your meals just like every other spice.
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