Turmeric is a spice that has been used for over 2,500 years in India and China, but has only recently become a popular trend within the health community. As we begin to incorporate this powerful spice into our daily health regime (turmeric latte anyone?) it’s important to first understand how it can benefit you.
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory root that has been argued as the ‘most powerful root on the planet‘. It comes from the curcuma longa plant root which grows in India and other South East Asia countries. The main active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which holds many incredible health benefits. Predominately used as a spice, turmeric can be found in many Asian and Indian dishes and is often the reason why your curry turns yellow.
What Are the Health Benefits of Turmeric?
Used for centuries in traditional medicine, turmeric has been scientifically proven to have many incredible health benefits such as:
Curcumin is a natural anti-inflammatory compound that will help your body fight off any viruses and repair damages.
Boosts Skin Health
Let’s face it – we’ve all wanted to have that natural ‘dewy glow’ at some point in our lives. Now you can by incorporating turmeric into your diet. Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties have been proven to help many skin conditions such as healing skin wounds, decreasing acne, improving acne scarring and even controlling psoriasis.
Lower the Risk of Heart Disease
With heart disease being one of the main causes of death around the world, it’s no surprise that a healthy heart is at the top of our list. Researchers have discovered that curcumin (the main active ingredient in turmeric) may help reverse many steps in the heart disease process. Specifically, curcumin can help improve the function of the endothelium (the lining of your blood vessels) which can be a major driver of heart disease.
We all know how painful arthritis can be for someone experiencing it. So if we could help relieve the pain even just a little, it would be worth it. Arthritis is a common disorder characterised by joint inflammation. Therefore, as turmeric is an anti-inflammatory, researchers believe that it can help ease these symptoms if taken regularly.
Antioxidants protect your body from free radicals, which means you’re likely to live a longer life, free from disease. Turmeric helps block free radicals from your system while stimulating your own body’s antioxidant defenses.