Turmeric is a spice that was originally used mainly in Asian cooking. It is fair to say that turmeric is a distant cousin of the world renowned ginger! Turmeric plants are widely grown in tropical areas of India. Turmeric is one of the main ingredients in curry powder and is used to give it the yellow colour. Many people across the world tend to substitute saffron for turmeric because it is less expensive. Turmeric is derived from the Persian translation of saffron. Turmeric doesn’t only stay in the kitchen; turmeric can be used as a colourant for textiles as well.
The health benefits of this yellow spice are unmatched. The nutritional makeup of turmeric contains manganese, vitamin B6, potassium and healthy amounts of Vitamin C. Many studies have been carried out on the spice and findings have shown that the spice has many therapeutic effects on people; one being the inhibition of cancer cell proliferation. Turmeric extracts were also examined even further and it shows that turmeric has skin-improving properties and can work well as a sun block. People who had suffered from ultra violet radiation damage were instructed to use turmeric on their skin for 6 weeks and over the course of those six weeks their skin began to produce sebum content and their skin began to hydrate naturally again.
Curcumin is the primary active ingredient found in turmeric and has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is an extremely powerful antioxidant. Curcumin is a natural anti-inflammatory compound. This agent helps fight off foreign invaders and also has a role in repairing damage. Researchers stated that curcumin is such a strong anti-inflammatory it matches the effectiveness of some of anti-inflammatory drugs.
Turmeric also has great and positive effects on the brain because this spice multiplies the neurons and can assist in the prevention of brain disease. Many brain disorders have been linked to the Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor, which works as a growth hormone that functions in the brain. The trusty turmeric increases the brain levels of BDNF. This is excellent because it may help in the fight against illnesses such as Alzheimer’s.
In the Western Hemisphere arthritis is a common issue amongst us. Arthritis coming in many different joints and there are many different types of Arthritis. Due to the fact that turmeric is such a great anti-inflammatory it can be an aid to those who suffer with arthritis which simply put is inflammation in the joints.