Have you ever heard about turmeric? If you still don’t know its benefits, watch the suggested video to learn more about this powerful root!
Turmeric is known worldwide for its medicinal properties and culinary uses. Also known as curcuma or curcumin, and sometimes called saffron, this plant belongs to the Zingiberaceae family, the same as ginger. Did you know that?
Originally from India and Southeast Asia, this plant is, many times, confused with Crocus sativus, which is known as saffron or true saffron. This mix up happens because both plants have yellow pigments.
The true saffron, however, has a more intense aroma and colors and is more expensive. It is believed that turmeric has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, antispasmodic, antifungal, antiviral, and neuroprotective properties, and much more.
But, do you know what parts of your body turmeric benefits the most?
Increases weight loss
This spice can boost your weight-loss efforts.
Improves the mood
Curcumin can fight off body inflammations – and inflammation can play a big role in cases of depression.
Thanks to curcumin, a type of antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties found in turmeric, many studies, suggest that curcumin can reduce pain, rigidity, and swelling in joints affected by arthritis.
Prevents Alzheimer’s disease
People in India have lower rates of Alzheimer’s disease and this might be because turmeric is used in Ayurveda.
Lowers blood sugar
According to research curcumin can at as a hypoglycemiant agent – reducing and helping control the blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes patients.
Lessens the effects of IBS and colitis
Curcumin has the potential to alleviate symptoms like stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhea, and other unpleasant intestinal issues. According to another study, curcumin has also shown interesting results in the treatment of ulcerative colitis.
So, did you already know these benefits?
If you have any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor about turmeric.
But remember that, when consumed in excess, it may cause stomach aches. If you have a surgery schedule, if you are pregnant, or have gallbladder disease, you must avoid turmeric.
0:00 What Is Turmeric
1:04 Turmeric and Weight Loss
1:23 Turmeric and Depression
1:49 Turmeric for Joint Pain and Arthritis
2:38 Turmeric and Alzheimer’s Disease
3:01 Turmeric and Diabetes
3:41 Turmeric for Colitis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
4:24 Turmeric Side Effects
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