The medicinal and beneficial properties of turmeric, and its active ingredient curcumin, have been discovered gradually over the centuries, starting with Indian and Ancient Chinese medicinal practices. Long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, recent research reveals that turmeric is a natural wonder, providing beneficial in the treatment of many different health conditions from Cancer to Alzheimer’s disease.
Turmeric, also known as curcumin, is a powerful herbal supplement for free radical protection, digestive health and liver health. The key to turmeric benefits appear to be the high concentrations of natural compounds known as curcuminoids, which possess powerful antioxidant capabilities. Turmeric harbors rich stores of antioxidants that also benefit liver health along with cell protective activity. Turmeric supports a healthy microbial environment which supports a normal immune response. It is believed that Turmeric offers protection against heart attack and strokes due to its anti platelet activities.
Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric is thought to reduce inflammation by lowering histamine levels and it stimulates the adrenal glands to increase production of a hormone that reduces inflammation. Turmeric also supports antispasmodic activity.
Turmeric is a potent natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent useful in disinfecting cuts and bruises. It speeds up healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin. It looks promising in the treatment for psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.
Turmeric has been shown to stop growth of new blood vessels in tumors and may prevent metastases from occurring in many forms of cancer.
One of the most exciting new facts of Turmeric is that it may prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.
Altogether, Turmeric is another one of my favorite nutritional supplement. It will forever be a staple in my home.