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Thursday, July 24, 2014

10 health benefits of turmeric and how to use it

Turmeric has been used as a herb over the centuries for its anti-inflammatory properties and is also packed with several nutrients, including dietary fiber, sodium, vitamin C, E, K, calcium, iron, zinc and magnesium. Due to all these properties, this orange-colored spice works great in treating lots of different health problems.
Here are some evidence-based benefits of turmeric:
1- Speeds up the healing process of wound of your skin due to its antiseptic properties. Mix it with aloe vera gel can be more effective.
2- It has been shown to affect cancer growth, and has been used to prevent prostate cancer or even destroy the existing cancer cells when combined with cauliflower.
3- It may promote metabolism and help you lose weight as it’s effective in reducing insulin resistance which is the key to weight loss. Turmeric also improves digestion, so add it to your diet if you are looking to lose weight.
4- Many spices that with anti-flammatory effects are being used to treat arthritis and one of the most promising of them is turmeric, as it contains chemicals that work similarly to some anti-inflammatory medicines.
5- Turmeric can increase the production of bile by the gallbladder, and the liver uses bile to detox the blood, this factor supports good liver health.
6- Many studies have proven the turmeric’s effects in preventing Alzheimer’s disease, turmeric contains several agents that block the formation of beta-amyloid, which responsible for the plaques that slowly obstruct cerebral function in Alzheimer’s disease.
7- The presence of curcumin makes turmeric good for treating depression, as curcumin may increase the serotonin levels, which does well in the regulation of memory, sleep, mood as well as learning, and it’s clear that these behaviors play a role in depression.
8- Turmeric can be used in treating diabetes, particular type-2 diabetes by helping reduce insulin resistance.
9- Maintaining cholesterol at a healthy level can prevent many kinds of diseases and turmeric has been shown to reduce serum cholesterol levels.
10- Mix one teaspoon of turmeric in a glass of hot water and drink it can make you feel better sooner when you’re suffering from a cold or flu, this is due to the substance called lipopolysaccharide it contains, which is an immunity booster.
How to use turmeric:
- Drink it as a tea with honey or lemon for a better taste
- Spice up your food by adding it to anything, such as cooked vegetables, meat, eggs dishes or soups, pasta and rice.
- Take a turmeric supplement daily directly, it’s convenient when you’re unable to cook with it
- For beauty uses, you can mix it with castor oil, this is a great toxin releaser for your skin; And combine it with olive oil, can improve your overall condition of the scalp by dealing with the dandruff.