Turmeric Benefits for Health and Skin

As a child, you must have heard that ad jingle about an ayurvedic turmeric cream which is not a cosmetic and protects us from acne and pimples. If not then surely during weddings you must have seen the bride and groom being coloured with turmeric paste all over their bodies to enhance their natural colour. Also, at home, you must have seen your mom put turmeric in almost everything while cooking. If ‘one spice, multiple benefits’ has a face then it must be the yellow best friend of chilli called Turmeric.

With each passing year as the world is progressing towards new eras, at every step, it is faced with a new challenge and the biggest challenge lies in the medical field. Diseases have crept up in every decade, some have been neutralized but some have disturbed the peace of nature for many years. Their cure might not be available right now but some natural substances, like turmeric help prevent them or at least prolong their onset and progression. 

From making food tastier and colourful to treating viral infections to helping in preventing cancers and Alzheimer’s to making your skin glow like a shining star, turmeric does it all. Let’s talk in-depth about how this bright coloured spice brightens up your life. 

Turmeric Health Benefits

1. Prevention of Major Illnesses

Turmeric helps in prevention as well as in treating many major illnesses most effectively. Turmeric improves endothelial function of the heart which is a thin membrane covering the inside of the heart and the blood vessels and is vital in regulating blood pressure. It also reduces the risk of developing age-related heart illnesses like heart failures especially in type 2 diabetics, and postmenopausal women. 

Also, the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric help in preventing cancers like breast cancer, prostate cancer, colorectal cancer and pancreatic cancer. It does so by disrupting the signalling pathways and killing cancerous cells. Turmeric has also been very effective in preventing eye degeneration by treating eye diseases like glaucoma which leads to permanent blindness in people who are over 60 years of age.

2. Medicinal Properties

Turmeric is said to have anti-inflammatory properties and is loaded with antioxidants which can be useful in treating inflammation, bowel discomforts, arthritis and pancreatitis. This is due to the main component in turmeric which is called curcumin. Chronic inflammation can be dangerous for our bodies as it can destroy various tissues of our body. It can cause diseases like cancer, heart conditions, metabolic syndrome, and degenerative syndromes to attack us. Thus, turmeric blocks a molecule called NF-kb to reach the nuclei and trigger the genes that lead to inflammation.

I have used the word ‘free radicals’ many times in the last blogs, today let me tell what these are, free radicals are extremely reactive atoms that are naturally produced by us or by environmental toxins like industrial waste and cigarettes. Excessive exposure to these free radicals can also cause diseases like cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, heart conditions and neurological conditions. Since turmeric is filled with antioxidants which help fight free radicals and prevent diseases. 

3. Help Treat Neurological Diseases & Mental Illnesses 

Some of the main reasons for neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s are inflammation, oxidation and build-up of a protein called amyloid plaques. Turmeric can protect us from Alzheimer’s due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric also improves a protein of the brain and spinal cord called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) that keeps our nerve cells in good condition particularly those responsible for learning and memory and is important for the multiplication of neurons. 

Increasing the levels of BDNF and shrinking of the hippocampus (an area of the brain dealing with learning and memory) can also reduce the chances of having depression. Turmeric can also enhance neurotransmitter serotonin and dopamine thus it makes turmeric a very good anti-depressant. 

4. Blood Purifier

Some internal health problems, such as skin rupture, digestive and bowel problems, and hormonal imbalances sometimes can be treated with natural and organic treatment. Turmeric is an excellent preservative and blood purifier. Turmeric milk mixed with honey before bedtime helps remove toxins from the body, regulate blood flow, and promote blood and organ health. Other natural blood purifiers include Tulsi, Neem and Honey.

Turmeric milk can help regulate the hormonal cycle, especially in women. Hormonal imbalances can cause many internal health problems such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and polycystic ovary disorder (PCOD). Since its a natural, non-toxic dietary supplement, turmeric milk can treat symptoms such as irregular menstruation, painful cramps, and nausea caused by hormonal problems in women.

Additionally, thyroid related ailments (goiter, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism), urinary tract infections, and prostate infections can be prevented with regular use of turmeric.

5. Weight Loss

Overweight and obesity are health problems with obesity being one of the most important lifestyle-related diseases in many countries. Weight is a serious issue for many of us, and weight loss is a painstaking and tedious endeavor. For people struggling with weight loss, Turmeric milk can be a “power drink” on their weight loss journey.

Combining turmeric and milk provides essential fatty acids, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents. This results in creating heat in the body, leading to the breakdown of accumulated fat and accelerated weight loss. What works even better is adding grated ginger and some Aliv seeds, honey or jaggery to a cup of warm turmeric milk and drink before bedtime.

Turmeric Skin Benefits

6. Treats Acne

Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory substance which kills harmful bacteria reduces redness and swelling and acne. That is why it is considered to be the best natural remedy for treating a variety of skin problems. When turmeric is mixed with apple cider vinegar, which has astringent properties, it becomes an effective treatment for dark spots. Turmeric is also effective in reducing scars left by acute acne and gaining even skin tone by minimizing the overproduction of melanin. 

A paste of turmeric and honey does wonders for the acne-prone skin, it heals the pimples and also provides hydration and glow. Skin conditions like eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis can also be treated successfully at home by applying turmeric. When will with other natural components like coconut oil it soothes the skin by reducing the redness, pacifies irritated skin parts and heal the skin completely from these disorders. The anti-inflammatory properties mixed with curd and lemon juice also help in reducing dark circles and puffiness. 

7. Moisturizes Skin 

When the skin is heavily dehydrated, especially during winters, it becomes dry and dull. Turmeric eases the dryness of skin by removing dead cells and when mixed with milk and applied as a paste it becomes the perfect exfoliator. Also, it protects the skin from harmful UV rays which induce early ageing of the skin. Premature ageing is caused by the reduction of natural oils in the skin which prompts fine lines and wrinkles to appear making the skin look old and less elastic. What stops this from happening is if the skin is filled with antioxidants which happen to be one of the compounds of turmeric. These antioxidants also mend the membrane cells which help in lightening stretch marks. 

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