Related to ginger, this perennial plant with an earthy taste is dried out and ground into a deep orange-yellow (GOLD!) powder and is widely added to Asian cuisine. Thanks to the Indians, who have been using this spice for thousands of years, we now know that Turmeric goes great in a curry! But what they didn’t reveal to us is that it has MAJOR health and beauty benefits!!!
There is ever-increasing excitement in the Western world, as scientists discover more about this spice. It has been found that Turmeric contains a chemical called curcumin – containing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
It is believed that these properties are more effective for treating rheumatoid arthritis than prescription anti-inflammatories and that it can be just as effective for pain relief as ibuprofen!
The curcumin in Turmeric may be strong enough to break down the amyloid plaques in the brain that contribute to Alzheimer’s disease (form of dementia). If the blood vessels remain less clogged, then certain parts of the brain may be fed more easily with oxygen, allowing the brain to functioning better!
Percentages of 60+ year olds who suffer from dementia (According to the World Alzheimer’s Report 2009):
3.6% of South Asians
6.4% of Australasians
7.2% of Western Europeans
Turmeric also helps prevent cancer, as the curcumin can inhibit the growth of cancer cells! The World Health Organization says that cancer rates in India are considerably lower than those in more developed countries such as the US!
***See those who are known to eat Turmeric regularly are at lower risk!
Now for the more vain reasons to incorporate Turmeric into your lifestyle!
Curcumin’s ability to inhibit protein that stimulates inflammation, is what makes the golden spice so interesting to skincare researchers!
Indians took full advantage of Turmeric’s properties, and have been using it to brighten the skin, fade discolouration’s, and reduce the signs of aging!
Danielle Williams, education manager of Jurlique, says that “Turmeric can be 5 to 8 times more potent than both vitamin E and C. Its addition to your diet and in your skincare products stimulates cellular metabolism and fights a loss of elasticity”.
BASICALLY, IT MAKES US LOOK PRETTY AND WON’T MAKE US LOOK OLD!
Even your hair can benefit from a dash of the golden spice! It treats the signs of aging in the hair and scalp, and when combined with ginseng, it can help energise and rehabilitate the scalp around the follicles. The mechanism appears to be an acceleration of blood circulation and increased nutrition!
So the next time you go to your spice rack, you better reconsider the hottest new health and beauty ingredient! It’s not just t improve your cooking, it’s to improve your ifestyle!
- How Turmeric Reduces Oxidative Stress and Supports Your Brain and Heart (inspiritphysicaltherapy.wordpress.com)
- Turmeric Powder – Health Benefits (medindia.net)
- Science Confirms Turmeric As Effective As 14 Drugs! (vedahealth.net)