Each and every person who has been to the kitchen at least one time should know what is turmeric. So let’s discuss the benefits of turmeric/curcumin.
It is a yellow color powder. Actually, this is a main ingredient in south Asian countries. They use turmeric in most of their dishes as a spice.
Sometimes it has been used as an herb also.
Have you seen Asian people use turmeric paste when they had a cutting or injury? There is a reason for that. They know the benefits of turmeric/ curcumin.
Do you know turmeric can give you so many health benefits? You will be surprised to see these benefits.
Before discussing the benefits of turmeric I like to explain the reason for these benefits.
It is due to the compound called curcumin.
Curcumin the active ingredient of turmeric. There are special processes, this chemical can do. This is the reason for the benefits of turmeric.
Curcumin has strong inflammatory and anti-oxidant characteristics.
Actually, it can protect the pancreases. Pancrease is the place that releases both insulin and glucagon to your blood depending on the sugar concentration of your blood.
But, due to the poor bad lifestyle, we eat so much sugar and it can affect the pancreas health.
So curcumin can help to solve that problem. Do not misunderstand turmeric alone can overcome your every bad habit.
And the other thing curcumin can do is regrow beta cells. Beta cells are the cells that can release insulin into the blood.
So this also affects the health of the pancreases indirectly.
Another important thing is curcumin can prevent your body from going into a diabetic condition.
But there is a problem. Turmeric contains only 3% by the weight of turmeric. But most of the studies have used a higher concentration of curcumin.
So using turmeric as a spice will not give you these health benefits.
What you can do is take a supplement that contains curcumin.
But please remember if this supplement also contains many chemicals, those chemicals are going to harm you more than the benefits of curcumin.
If you are taking a supplement then you have to consider piperine concentration also.
Because our body cannot absorb curcumin easily.
Let me explain other benefits of turmeric/ curcumin to you.
1) Weight loss
Curcumin can be identified as a fat-soluble ingredient. So when you are taking a meal with more fat including foods, then you can use this to prevents the deposition of fat in your body. Other things that you can get for weight loss)
2) Reduce inflammation
Inflammation is quite an important thing these days. When your body gets the impact of some kind of bacteria or microbes, this property of your body can tackle that invader.
The inflammation is fought with the foreign substances of your body and protect your body while repairing the damage.
Curcumin has the inflammatory ability to protect your body.
Scientists say this can match with some inflammatory drugs when considering the effectiveness.
I don’t know why people can’t use these simple low-cost things for the betterment of life.
This inflammation ability can help you to prevent many chronic diseases like diabetics, cancer, metabolic syndrome.
There are many sciences based explanations I can give. But some of you will not like those scientific explanations. So you can read these articles to find that information.
2) Improve your skin
I have mentioned earlier turmeric has an anti-oxidant ability. Aging and related other diseases happen due to the oxidative ability of some chemicals.
Those chemicals are free radicles and other highly reactive chemicals. Due to the air pollution and technology we normally contact with free radicals and other chemicals easily.
Those free radicles can easily react with organic substances in your body.
They are fatty acids, proteins, and DNA. So curcumin can protect you from free radicals.
The mechanism is curcumin can neutralize free radicles using their structure.
Apart from that curcumin can improve the activity of our anti-oxidant enzymes.
So girls if you want to retain your skin well. You can use turmeric.
And also as anti-agent supplement curcumin plays a big role.
3) Improve your cognitive function and memory
This is another benefit of turmeric/curcumin. Curcumin has the ability to improve brain function and lower the risk of having brain diseases
The improvement of brain function can be done in many ways.
The main diver for the of neuron activities is the Brain-derived neurotrophic factor.
It can consider as one of the growth hormones for neutron cells.
That can, make connections among neutrons and also have the ability to increase the number of cells in some cell parts.
This brain hormone corresponds to some brain diseases like depression and Alzheimer’s’ s disease.
So the importance of curcumin is it can increase the levels of BDNF. And it can delay and reverse many brain diseases.
4) Improve your mood
Curcumin has been found as an antidepressant.
Because depression has a connection with the BDNF and also curcumin has the ability to boost serotonin and dopamine.
5) Medicinal value
Apart from the above mentioned medicinal values, curcumin can reduce the risk of heart disease
I hope every one of you knows, a person who has a heart problem.
This can be a solution for you to reduce the risk of having heart diseases to a certain extent.
Do not misunderstand That heart disease can be cured with turmeric. That will not happen. Some steps can be reversed by curcumin to a certain extent.
Let me explain what curcumin can do for you to prevent heart disease.
One is it can reduce the inflammation and oxidation
The second one is there are studies to prove that curcumin can improve endothelial function.
Endothelial can regulate your blood pressure, blood clotting, and other factors.
Another medicinal value of curcumin is it can be used for cancer treatment.
Curcumin has an effect on cancer cell growth, development and reduces the blood supply for cancer cells.
but this hasn’t proven for humans yet. Researches have been done only for laboratory conditions and animals.
Arthritis also can get some kind of help from curcumin.
So people who want to take curcumin for medicinal value can take supplements that contain curcumin.
Summary: Benefits of turmeric/curcumin
- Curcumin is the active component of turmeric which can give these benefits.
- Using as a spice we cannot get the benefit. Because the curcumin amount is less in turmeric.
- If you take turmeric at home add some black pepper to it otherwise it can’t get absorbed easily.
- Due to the antioxidant ability of curcumin, it can help you to prevent aging by neutralizing free radicles and boosting your anti-oxidant enzymes.
- Curcumin has the ability to reduce the risk of having heart disease in many ways.
- Curcumin can help you to cure and prevent some brain-related disease and also there are some researches to prove the improvement of memory.
- This can use to control cancer cells in different ways. But the full researches are already going related to this