The Beauty of Turmeric

The Beauty of Turmeric

Author -  Good Health


Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory

Turmeric is a potent antioxidant that helps to protect the body from oxidative stress, a common cause of low grade inflammation. Time and time again, turmeric has been shown to reduce inflammation, and be more effective than many over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs, and with less side-effects! Inflammation is the body’s defence mechanism, that is activated often in response to trauma. There are many different inflammatory pathways, processes and chemicals and all 9 of these pathways are influenced by Turmeric. Low grade inflammation may trigger or advance many diseases seen in modern life. The many benefits of Turmeric can be attributed to its main constituent curcumin. We’ve had a look at all the effects Turmeric can have on our everyday health - here are 5 top ways Turmeric can help your health today. 


1. Arthritis

More than half a million New Zealanders will be affected by arthritis in their lifetime, however Turmeric can help. Inflammation is the hallmark of any arthritic condition and as a potent anti-inflammatory, Turmeric can reduce the body’s reaction; relieving symptoms such as swelling, morning stiffness and increasing mobility. 

2. Liver detoxification

Turmeric supports detoxification by toning the liver, promoting bile formation and excretion. A well-functioning liver means toxins are not recycled back into the blood. Turmeric helps to stimulate the conversion of cholesterol into bile acids and stimulates the gallbladder, so bile can be efficiently excreted. By promoting detoxification, especially cholesterol and free fatty acid elimination, Turmeric may also aid in weight loss and reduce weight gain. 


3.Heart support

Turmeric has been shown to influence the health of every organ, and the heart is no exception. A risk factor for heart disease, Turmeric may be able to reduce the development of diabetes through its effect on reducing insulin resistance, high glucose and high blood lipids. Not only does Turmeric help to eliminate cholesterol, it can also the decrease the oxidation of HDL and LDL cholesterol; oxidisation of cholesterol is the main risk factor for the development of atherosclerosis and other heart disease. 

4.Mood booster

Recently, Turmeric has been shown to promote brain protection and reduce symptoms of various mental health conditions including depression and anxiety. Inflammation has a huge influence on the brain and it is common to see that when depression is paired with inflammation is chronic and more persistent. Furthermore, curcumin regulates the activity of several neurotransmitters including serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline. Reducing inflammation and rebalancing neurotransmitter that influence our mood, sleep and stress response, increases our mood, improves our energy and our wellbeing. 


5. Digestive Disorders 

Turmeric has been used for centuries as an abdominal remedy for digestive disorders. Turmeric is a gastro-intestinal-specific anti-inflammatory, and is known to reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Using to Turmeric to reduce symptoms of the above digestive disorders, is also shown to improve sufferer’s quality of life, as many will know how debilitating symptoms can be. 

Turmeric has been used for centuries however it is only recently that the Western world is catching up with Chinese and Ayurvedic medicinal practises. Whether taken in a capsule, smoothie or a latte, with a role in every inflammatory process, and a subsequent effect on many health conditions, it is hard to find a reason to not take Turmeric. Have you had your daily dose of the golden herb today?

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