Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) is a native plant of Indonesia and Southern India. The root is commonly used in South Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine, it is one of the ingredients in curry.
Health Benefits of Turmeric
The root of Turmeric contains around 5% essential oil and 5% curcumin. Curcumin is the orange substance that has many health benefits such as:
1. Curcumin is a Potent and Safe Anti-Inflammatory Substance
Chronic inflammation can lead to the development of various diseases. Numerous studies highlighted the excellent anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin. They are comparable to the anti-inflammatory of potent drugs. Even better, it has been reported that unlike those drugs, curcumin doesn't have the toxic effects.
Due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, curcumin can help reduce inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis and other diseases.
2. Curcumin Helps Lower The Risk for Cancer
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.
3. Curcumin Helps Reduce The Risk of Leukemia in Children
Prof. Moolky Nagabhushan (Loyola University Medical Centre, Chicago) suggested that curcumin reduces the risk of developing childhood leukemia.
4. Curcumin Helps Lower The Bad Cholesterol Levels
Curcumin helps your body get rid of LDL (bad) cholesterol. As a result, it reduces the risk of heart attack, stroke and atherosclerosis.
5. Curcumin Protects against Alzheimer's Disease
A research conducted at UCLA suggested that curcumin may help prevent Alzheimer's disease.
How to Benefit Most from Turmeric
If you love cooking, you can use turmeric powder in your daily cooking. I love to mix it with other spices to create a tasty flavour. You can use it in cake baking too. The cake will have an orange colour, makes it more appealing to children (and adults too!).
The Cosmetic and Skincare Uses of Turmeric
Due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, Turmeric is greatly beneficial in protecting skin against free radicals, oxidative stress and daily pollution. It is one of the active botanicals in multi-award-winning Antioxidant Youthful Essence. Use it on freshly cleansed skin before serum or at anytime of the day to hydrate, refresh and protect against harsh environment, especially for those who live in the big cities. It comes in a 50ml bottle with spritzer. Easy to carry it in your bag. A must-have for those high-flyers, this anti-pollution hydrating mist helps your skin to stay fresh, hydrated and protected throughout the flight.
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