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Monday, March 14, 2022

The Health Benefits of Turmeric


Turmeric is perhaps the most popular spice for improving overall health and immunity. Turmeric lattes will compete with a good old cappuccino on café menus, while turmeric pills claim to strengthen your immune system. Turmeric is a famous seasoning taken from the Curcuma longa plant's root. It includes curcuminoids, bioactive chemicals, with curcumin being the most active. Curcumin is a responsible polyphenol for turmeric's bright yellow color, a substance found in turmeric that may help minimize edema. This vibrant yellow-orange spice is commonly used in Indian, Southeast Asian, and Middle Eastern cuisines. Turmeric (Curcuma longa), a member of the ginger family that gives curry its distinctive yellow color, impacts the taste, color, and nature of the food it's combined with. It's also been used as medicine in places like India for various ailments, especially breathing issues. 

Turmeric has recently gained popularity as a superfood that can aid in cancer prevention, depression treatment, and other health benefits. This article will show what turmeric can and cannot do for your health.

May Assist with Weight Loss

Weight loss is attributed to turmeric's antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities, primarily due to curcumin. Curcumin has been shown in animal tests to help people lose weight and increase insulin sensitivity. When our bodies are insulin-sensitive, we can use glucose as energy quickly and supply glucose as glycogen in our liver and muscles for later use.

Chronic Inflammation May Be Reduced

The polyphenol curcumin lowers chronic inflammation in human fat tissue, according to a 2013 paper titled "Curcumin and Obesity." Obese or overweight people are more likely to suffer from chronic inflammatory issues.


Premenstrual Syndrome

PMS is a condition that affects women. In a recent study that followed women for three menstrual cycles, curcumin tablets were found to effectively reduce PMS symptoms. According to a study on muscles from rats and guinea pigs, turmeric may also aid with menstruation pains.


Turmeric has shown potential in reducing joint pain, stiffness, and inflammation. However, further research is needed before turmeric can be recommended as an arthritis treatment. If you decide to use turmeric to treat joint pain, combine it with black pepper to help your body absorb natural curcumin.

Turmeric extracts, taken alone or combined with other herbal substances, can help persons with knee osteoarthritis reduce pain and improve function. Turmeric may be equally effective as ibuprofen in decreasing pain


Turmeric has a number of compounds that may be beneficial to your health. The most well-known of them is curcumin. Scientists are enthused about curcumin's potential to treat depression and boost antidepressant efficacy.

Is turmeric suitable for all people?

Turmeric is a safe alternative for most of us, but there are some situations where caution is required.

• If you're pregnant, you should avoid taking therapeutic doses of curcumin since animal studies suggest it may affect levels of the hormone estrogen. However, the spice may be helpful during pregnancy in tiny amounts, such as in a meal or drink.

• If you have iron-deficient anemia, limit your intake of turmeric. This is because the spice's components bond to iron in the intestines, preventing it from being absorbed.

• If you have gallstones, a bile duct obstruction, or liver illness, you should know that turmeric increases bile output; thus, eating a lot of it can make your symptoms worse.

• Hormone-sensitive conditions include breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids: Turmeric contains a curcumin molecule, which may mimic the estrogen hormone. This might, in theory, have an impact on hormone-sensitive conditions. If you have a condition that could worsen by hormone exposure, use caution until additional information becomes available.

If you're on medicine, talk to your doctor or pharmacist, especially on blood thinners, diabetes medication, or PPIs like omeprazole for acid reflux.

By Joshua Marasigan

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