Turmeric is an Indian spice with the scientific name “Curcuma longa, which belongs to the ginger family. This plant is native to East Asia and cultivates in different parts of India, China, Taiwan, and Japan. Research has shown that turmeric has many beneficial properties for the body and mind, so, this fantastically useful plant has long been used for both food and medicine purposes.
These days turmeric is an integral part of the food that gives food taste and color, also has medicinal and healing attributes. Turmeric contains Curcumin, which is the main active ingredient in turmeric. Curcumin is a phytochemical that has anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. These properties of turmeric have led to its use for weight loss, gastrointestinal diseases, liver, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, asthma, atherosclerosis, neurological diseases, and diabetes.
Turmeric Nutrition Facts
Benefits of Turmeric
This golden spice helps speed up your metabolism and allows your body to burn significant amounts of calories and help you lose weight. It is also useful in reducing fat mass and detoxifying the liver, which is two very significant factors when you are on a diet to lose weight. Also, turmeric with Curcumin can be an ideal supplement for weight loss, because it lowers LDL cholesterol levels and acts as an agent for suppressing inflammatory messages in muscle, pancreas, and fat cells. So while your body isn’t fighting inflammation, you can easily focus on losing weight.
Benefits for Digestion
Digestion is a complicated process that involves the secretion of saliva, the movement of food, and the secretion of bile from the gallbladder to break down food. But sometimes there is a disorder in the digestive process, especially if you do not get enough vitamins and minerals to support the function of the organs.
Instead of immediately changing your diet to make up for the lack of vitamins and minerals, add a tablespoon of turmeric in your food a day. Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber in turmeric will help produce acid, move muscles, and absorb nutrients.
Turmeric, as an inhibitor of muscle spasm, reduces abdominal pain caused by ulcerative colitis in humans. Furthermore, Curcumin is useful for treating stomach aches, stomach ulcers, constipation, and irritable bowel syndrome, turmeric, also, helps improve digestion.
Studies have shown that inflammation plays a significant role in the development of type 2 diabetes. Curcumin reduces the levels of glucose and increases plasma insulin levels. Curcumin also significantly reduces serum and hepatic levels of total cholesterol, blood lipids, free fatty acids, HMG coenzyme reductase, VLDL, and LDL. The mechanism of reduction of blood sugar by curcumin is antioxidant nature and inhibition of free radicals.
Curcumin is very valuable for diabetic patients. This beneficial pigment activates enzyme AMPK, which affects glucose absorption. Therefore, it helps control blood sugar levels and keeps it constant. If you have diabetes, be sure to include turmeric in your diet.
Turmeric eliminates pimples with inhibiting the growth of bacteria that cause pimples and reducing the secretion of fat by the sebaceous glands. Regular use of turmeric eliminates acne scars and makes your skin flawless and radiant. Its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties heal wounds and relieve itching on skin.
Curcumin is an essential component of turmeric, rich in antioxidants, which fights the signs of aging, such as wrinkles and discoloration, through inhibiting the growth of free radicals.
Another property of turmeric is that curing heart disease. The main benefit of curcumin for the heart is the improvement of the function of the endothelium. The endothelium is a thin layer of cells that line the blood vessels and adjusts the exchanges between the bloodstream and the surrounding tissues.
One of the prominent factors in heart disease is a malfunctioning of the intravascular layer, which causes reduces the ability to control blood pressure and blood clotting. Furthermore, turmeric reduces inflammation and has powerful antioxidant properties, both of them, are beneficial in reducing the risk of heart disease.
Good for Joint Inflammation
Joint inflammation is a common problem that leads to diseases such as arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Curcumin in turmeric can help treat joint inflammation. In a study of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, the effect of Curcumin was even higher than that of anti-inflammatory medicines. Therefore, turmeric is often recommended to reduce the pain of Arthritis, Gout, and muscle pain after exercise or injury.
Good for Neurological Diseases
The brain is a highly oxidative organ and makes up only 2% of the body’s weight and consumes 20% of the body’s oxygen. Whit getting old, metal ions such as iron, zinc, and copper accumulate in the brain. As a result, the brain faces many oxidants. Many neurological diseases are established by the accumulation of proteins, oxidative damage, and inflammation. Curcumin has many beneficial qualities for the prevention of neurological illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis (MS), and epilepsy.
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