Turmeric as cure for inflammation
Turmeric is thought to protect against inflammation that could lead to memory loss and dementia. With administered curcumin (commonly referred to as curry), tested animals have demonstrated some protection to the brain. Higher curry consumption has been linked to better brain function in the elderly, suggesting that higher turmeric consumption may reduced the risk of dementia.
Turmeric as cancer prevention
But perhaps the greatest area of interest regarding turmeric is its role in the prevention and treatment of cancers including colorectal, prostate and breast. Skin cells treated with turmeric showed protection against high doses of radiation and multiple studies are looking at the effects turmeric has on breast cancer. It appears the spice interferes with cancer cells in multiple ways. A comparison of prostate cancer cases between India and America indicates that Indians suffers from much less from the disease, which might correlate with their intake of anti-inflammatory nutrients and cancer fighting foods like turmeric.
The case for this spice continues to mount, as animal studies have revealed beneficial properties of turmeric in relation to heart failure and cystic fibrosis. Now it’s time for more human studies. A breakthrough in the fight against cystic fibrosis, which affects the gastrointestinal and respiratory symptoms (and currently has no other cure), could be just on the horizon.
Turmeric as skin treatment
Turmeric helps you reduce pigmentation on your face and even out your skin tone. It can be easily done at home. Mix a little turmeric with cucumber or lemon juice and apply to your face. Leave it for some time and wash off. A one-time application will be of little help and only regular use will give a soft glow to your face. Also, turmeric, mixed with sandalwood powder and a little water, and applied to the face can greatly reduce the appearance of acne. It’s definitely a cheaper alternative to all those creams and gels that are often not as effective as they claim.
Another use of turmeric for your skin: Mix some turmeric with gram flour and water and use it to scrub all over your body before your shower. Doing this regularly will indeed help you get a glowing skin. Ask any bride in India and she will affirm that this is the beauty regimen that they dutifully follow weeks before their wedding to get a spotless skin.
Stretch marks? One problem that often occurs to pregnant women is the appearance of stretch marks on their abdomen. If you’ve wondered how stretch marks can be avoided, try applying a mixture of turmeric with yoghurt to the abdomen and then it wipe off after five minutes. If you continue this regularly, it will help in maintaining the elasticity of the skin and prevent stretch marks.
This excellent anti-oxidant is known to help prevent various diseases as well as cancer. In fact, turmeric is one of the best known remedies used to reduce the recovery time of various skin afflictions that are caused by chicken pox etc. Turmeric helps in reducing skin rashes as well. Grandmothers in India often prefer to apply a paste of turmeric to minor cuts, bruises and bumps as it reduces the swelling just as an ice pack would do, without the discomfort. Its various antiseptic properties are perfect for using it for minor cuts, wounds and abrasions and it helps in quickening the healing process.
Nothing in this article should be construed as medical advice. Always check with your personal physician or licensed health care practitioner before making any significant modification in your diet or lifestyle, to ensure that the ingredients or lifestyle changes are appropriate for your personal health condition and consistent with any medication you may be taking.