Turmeric is a popular spice in Indian food and has many health benefits. Many of the turmeric health benefits are due to the active ingredient in the spice: curcumin. The benefits include anti-inflammatory action, reduced risk factors for many diseases including cancer and Alzheimer’s, and activity that acts as a natural detoxifier of the liver. Turmeric is also a natural painkiller as it is a cox-2 receptor inhibitor. Some research also indicates that it helps stop growing tumors.
Turmeric can be used in many foods and easily be consumed daily. The spice can be added in pinches to a variety of foods and isn’t awfully strong in flavor, making it easy to consume, even for those who don’t prefer the taste (there are also curcuminin capsules on the market, but the natural thing is worth a shot). Many people like to add turmeric to meats or salads. Turmeric is especially popular in Indian foods and is partly why the Indian subcontinent had reduced prevelance of Alzheimer’s. Turmeric has too many health benefits to just ignore.
Turmeric has the active ingredient curcumin. It was actually originally used as a dye due to its distinct and strong yellow color. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial meaning that it can help fight off unwanted bacteria and growth from microorganisms in the body. In some studies, turmeric has shown to reduce or prevent breast cancer from getting to the lungs in mice. Turmeric can be good with cauliflower, as is often used in some Indian dishes, as they can help fight cancer also. Generally, turmeric and curcumin seem to have many anti-cancer effects which of course are beneficial and can be considered health benefits. It can help detoxify the body in some ways through the liver. Another scientific study on turmeric has shown that it can reduce the progression of the disease multiple sclerosis in mice. There are many studies still being done on turmeric as the health benefits continue to come out and people continue to consider adding it into their diets because it really seems to be a great food and one that has many positive effects for those who consume it.