Health Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric a cousin to ginger is a well known super spice that is used extensively in different cuisines around the world. Health benefits of turmeric is countless, turmeric is used for thousand of years for outer and internal body treatment. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory and is rich source of vitamin C, E and B6 and minerals such as iron and potassium. Turmeric powder is a good antiseptic that kills parasite and yeasts in our body when used internally.
Turmeric (Hindi name Haldi) is largest produced in India and basically found in tropical plants of ginger family. Turmeric contains maximum 5% essentials oils that is highly beneficial for health and skin problems.
Botanical Name: Curcuma Longa L
Family Name: Zingiberaceae
There are generally two ways to get turmeric into your body, first one you can use turmeric powder as spice in your cooking and second one is to get into turmeric powder directly or by mixing into supplement. Second one is more practical and provide you stronger dose.
Here are some promising skin and health benefits of turmeric that has been shown clinical research and can boost cell health by improving behaviour of membrane.
Turmeric Prevent New Cancer
Laboratory research found that antioxidant and anti-mutagenic properties of turmeric powder potentially helps to prevent new cancer that is caused by radiations or chemotherapy used to treat existing cancer.
Arthritis and Joints Problems
High antioxidant values boosts the immune system and is popular among those which have arthritis and joints problems. Sufficient amount of turmeric in our daily diet aids skeletal system and prevent joint pain, tendonitis, arthritis and bursitis.
Intake 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder with lukewarm milk regularly to get rid of joints pain and swelling.
Promotes Healthy Skin
Turmeric is said to be great for skin and widely used to make face pack to soothe skin and even out skin tone. Turmeric powder paste helps skin in many ways from reducing acne problems to sign of age. Antiseptic property of turmeric helps to get rid of impurities and harmful bacteria’s on skin.
Turmeric for Open Wounds
Health benefits of turmeric is not limited to internal use, turmeric is widely used to heal open wound on body, you can sprinkle a little turmeric powder on wound area directly or by mixing with honey. Anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric helps to remove bacteria and other parasite on skin and help to prevent other infection and heal wound faster.
Other natural and simple way to heal wound quickly, make a thick paste of 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder and 2 teaspoon of ginger in water. Place this paste on wound area and bandaged it to get faster relieve.
Turmeric to Heal Stomach Ulcers
Some study found that daily intake of approx 2-3 grams of turmeric for 1-2 months is highly beneficial for healing stomach ulcer. A mixture of turmeric with black pepper, olive oil or ginger is good for stomach and intestine.
Other Health Benefits of Turmeric Powder:
Burns: Make a paste of turmeric and aloe vera gel and apply on burn area.
Pain and Swelling: To get relieve from body pain and swelling, mix one teaspoon of turmeric in one glass of lukewarm milk every day.
Anemia: Make a juice of 1 teaspoon of turmeric with 1 teaspoon of honey in water and intake daily before bed.
Asthma: Mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric in 1 glass of warm milk and intake regularly.
Diabetes: We advised to consume half teaspoon of turmeric powder 2-3 times regularly to prevent diabetes.
Dental and Gums Problem: Make a paste of turmeric, mustard oil and little salt and rub on teeth and gums gently to get relieve from pyorrhea and other dental pain and gum problems.
Turmeric: Uses in Different Countries
In South Africa, turmeric is commonly used in lukewarm milk, water or cold yoghurt after heavy meals to get relieve gas problems and bloating.
In Chinese method, turmeric is widely used to deal with liver and gall bladder problems.
Turmeric Daily Dosage:
Intake one teaspoon or approx 1 gram of turmeric everyday to get fully benefits of this herb. You can intake turmeric in your daily diet or intake directly by mixing in milk, cream or water. Its anti-inflammatory property is more benefits when intake directly in lukewarm water or milk.
Last Medical Review: 03/13/2016