A native plant of Indonesia and Southern India, the root of turmeric (curcuma longa) is commonly used in South Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine like curry, for example. Fresh turmeric tastes like ginger. The root contains around 5% of curcumin, a deep-orange-colour substance that has been proven to have tremendous health benefits for people all across the age range from children to elderly people.
Curcumin is a Potent and Safe Anti-Inflammatory Substance
Chronic inflammation can often lead to the development of various diseases. Studies showed that curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties comparable to those of anti-inflammatory drugs. Even better, unlike those drugs, curcumin doesn't have the toxic effects. Due to the curcumin content, turmeric helps reduce inflammation in people with rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, psoriasis, eczema and heart disease.
Curcumin Lowers The Risk for Cancer
Similar to garlic, curcumin helps maintain healthy liver function and prevent the development of cancer cells in the body. According to Department of Experimental Therapeutics at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, people who eat turmeric regularly have a lower rate of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers.
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Curcumin Reduces The Risk of Leukemia in Children
Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant which protects the body's cells from free radicals and prevents DNA damage. DNA damage can lead to the development of various cancers in the body. Prof. Moolky Nagabhushan (Loyola University Medical Centre, Chicago) suggested that curcumin reduces the risk of developing leukemia in children.
Turmeric root has a deep-orange colour which can be used for great purposes. Instead of using artificial food colouring to entice your children to eat, why not using turmeric to colour the foods.
Curcumin Lowers LDL Cholesterol Levels
High LDL cholesterol levels can cause the clogging of the arteries. Studies showed that curcumin lowers LDL cholesterol levels in the body, hence, the regular consumption of turmeric may reduce the risk for heart attack, stroke and atherosclerosis.
Curcumin Protects against Alzheimer's Disease
A study suggested that turmeric can be used to improve memory and behaviour of dementia patients. After more than a year of regular consumption of turmeric, the patients showed visible improvements. A research conducted at UCLA also supported the claim that curcumin may help prevent Alzheimer's disease.
Curcumin May Reduce The Severity of Pneumonia
A recent study published in the scientific journal, Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology, suggests that curcumin reduces the severity of pneumonia caused by Influenza A virus. Curcumin was shown to have antiviral activities against Influenza A virus and reduce the damage to lung tissue. Although the curcumin content in turmeric may vary from 0.3% to 8.6%, the regular consumption of turmeric may help prevent severe pneumonia due to influenza A virus.
How to Benefit Most from Turmeric
Personally, I prefer to eat raw turmeric by chopping it into tiny pieces and mix them with a bowl of fruits every morning. However, it is not always easy to find fresh turmeric in London. Most of the time, I have to use turmeric powder instead.
If you love baking, why not add a bit of colour to your cakes and cookies with turmeric. It makes your cakes and cookies look more appealing to children (and adults too!).
The Cosmetic and Skincare Uses of Turmeric
Due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric helps protect the skin from free radicals and pollution. It is one of the active ingredients in Antioxidant Youthful Essence, the multi-award-winning Anti-Pollution Skin Booster which also contains blue chamomile, allantoin and panthenol. Blue chamomile calms sensitive skin, allantoin reduces wrinkles and lines while panthenol boosts the skin's hydration levels.
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