Evidence based health uses of the infamous Turmeric
Turmeric is a common household item which has anti inflammatory effects and antioxidant effects.
Turmeric is a flowering plant. It is mostly native to the South Asia and South East Asia. Turmeric is used as a coloring and flavoring agent in many countries specially the Asian cuisine. The turmeric plant produces a yellow chemical called curcumin. Turmeric has been used in the Ayurveda medicine for thousands of years. The anti inflammatory effects and the antioxidant effects is what makes it a very beneficial substance.
Given below are some very fruitful uses of turmeric. These all are evidence based.
1. Antioxidant potential of the body can be escalated by turmeric.
Oxidation happens due to free radicals. Free radicals are reactive molecules that contain unpaired electrons. They react with DNA and other substances of the body. Antioxidants can protect us from free radicals. Curcumin found in turmeric can neutralize free radicals . This is important because oxidative damage causes ageing and many diseases. Also curcumin can enhance the action of other antioxidants.
The issue with curcumin is that its content is low in turmeric. It is difficult to get the full use of curcumin just by using turmeric as a spice in food. Turmeric is best to be consumed with black pepper. Black paper contains Piperine which elevate the absorption of curcumin.
2. Curcumin has action against free radicals.
So it will be very beneficial in acting as an anti ageing drug. Proven to be effective against heart disease cancer and Alzheimer's.
3. Act as a treatment of dementia
Alzheimer’s is a common cause of dementia. There is no proper cure for Alzheimer’s so prevention is better than cure. curcumin is shown to reduce the oxidative damage and inflammation that occurs in Alzheimer. It also reduces the amyloid protein deposits in brain.
4. Reduction of inflammation in heart diseases
According to latest research heart disease is the number one cause of death in the world. As mentioned above curcumin will reduce the inflammation. It will improve the function of the endothelium which is the lining of blood vessels.
An experiment was carried out using a group that uses curcumin, and a group that doesn't use curcumin or turmeric. There was a 65% decrease risk of heart attack in the group that uses curcumin.
5. Treatment in arthritis
Arthritis is a huge problem in the Western countries. It is the inflammation of the joints. As always curcumin will come to the rescue and reduce the inflammation.
6. Shows improvement with cancer patients.
Curcumin has shown great improvement towards one of the most dangerous diseases in the world. That is the cancer. Curcumin has shown to kill the dangerous cancer cells, Also it’s proven to reduce the growth of new blood vessels in tumors, It also reduces metastasis of the cancer.
Daily usage of curcumin in food is proven to reduce the risk of cancers specially of the digestive system like the colorectal cancer.