Customarily, when it comes to a lot of seasonings in our kitchen cabinets, we tend to think about how it makes our foods taste rather than what it can do for our bodies. Take turmeric, for instance. Turmeric a yellowish spice found within the ginger family that’s often found in Indian curry dishes and Asian cuisine. But did you know that due to its natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, there are many health benefits that come with consuming it as well? Here are just a few of the many:
Turmeric can suppress a cold or flu
Due to the numerous antibacterial agents that are found within turmeric, when you feel a sore throat or the sniffles coming on, it’s recommended that you either mix one teaspoon of the powder into a glass of milk, or into a hot mug of water and consume it once per day until you start to feel the symptoms decrease.
Turmeric can heal wounds
Curcumin is an anti-inflammatory compound found in turmeric. With the assistance of curcumin, turmeric is quite useful when it comes to speeding the healing process of cuts and minor skin infections including soothing the irritating effects of psoriasis. It can also be used to drain boils. Mix a tablespoon of turmeric into half a cup of flaxseed, and warm it up so that it can be well-blended. After it cools, you can use a cotton ball to apply the ointment to the places on your skin where there is irritation, about 1-2 times per day as the healing process progresses.
Turmeric can bring arthritis relief
Due to the powerful antioxidant nature of curcumin present in turmeric, it has been known to assist in internally eliminating many of the free radicals that tend to damage cells within the body. When it comes to the uncomfortable effects of arthritis, free radicals are the causes of the joint inflammation and pain that many sufferers experience. Turmeric is not just found in powder form. You can find it at your local health specialty store in pills and capsules as well.
Turmeric can prevent and fight cancer
There are many health experts that have done studies to support that turmeric actually induces an internal process known as apoptosis. What this basically means that there are times when a cell will kill off itself and when that happens, it is called “apoptosis”. It sounds more critical than it is because this is actually a process that our body needs in relationship to healthy cell development. As it relates to the treatment of cancer, turmeric has been discovered to induce apoptosis as it directly relates to cancer cells (in other words, it helps to kill off cancer cell development). Tumeric is also known to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy. Of course, you would definitely need to speak with your health care provider about adding this to your cancer treatment regimen, but if approved, turmeric is mild enough to be taken as a daily supplement.
It is a natural liver detoxifier
Two herbs that have the renowned reputation for detoxifying the liver are milk thistle and turmeric. You may think that you need to get an online Masters in education in order to understand why this is the case, but the explanation is relatively pretty simple. Basically, curcumin helps to naturally stimulate the bile within the body and bile is what’s used to eliminate the toxins within our system. When your body is detoxified, your endocrine system is regulated, your skin becomes clearer, you’re less bloated and you tend to rest easier too.