Health Benefits of Turmeric


turmeric in powder on a kitchen table

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Is turmeric a miraculous super spice or just the latest trend in the kitchen? It's been used in Eastern medicine for thousands of years, and it's now available in supermarkets and research journals all around the world.


If you enjoy Indian cuisine, you've most likely consumed turmeric on a daily basis. It's a key component of curry, and it's what gives mustard its golden hue. It has a bitter taste and is related to ginger.


Although research into its health advantages is still in its early stages, proof is building for certain common claims. Look into what turmeric may do for you if you appreciate natural goods that can improve your health.


Benefits of Turmeric:

  1. Inflammation should be reduced. Curcumin, a substance found in turmeric, appears to have anti-inflammatory properties. According to some studies, it is as effective as ibuprofen at controlling arthritis pain.

  2. Bones should be strengthened. Turmeric in some forms may even help in the preservation of bone mass. The National Institute of Health is testing it to see if it can help prevent osteoporosis.

  3. Maintain a healthy cholesterol level. Turmeric has already been recommended by several specialists for lowering bad LDL cholesterol and enhancing good HDL cholesterol. It's especially beneficial when combined with a low-saturated-fat, high-soluble-fiber diet.

  4. Please stop sneezing. Do you have a contagious cold that refuses to go away? Turmeric has been shown to help with symptoms like runny noses and congestion.

  5. Depression should be treated. Turmeric has also shown potential in the treatment of depression. This is because mood problems can include both inflammation and chemical abnormalities in the brain.

  6. Keep yourself up to date. When it comes to major illnesses like cancer and diabetes, however, the outcomes are mixed. Your doctor can provide you with information on the most recent findings and what they mean for you.


Ways to Use Turmeric:

  1. Improve your digestion. Our bodies, unfortunately, aren't particularly good at absorbing turmeric. Consume it with black pepper and fatty meals like oil to improve digestion.

  2. Wash up. Turmeric's anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties may help you look and feel younger. Look for turmeric on the labels of soaps and cosmetics, or look up recipes online to make your own.

  3. It has a pleasant aroma. Do you enjoy the smells of woods and earth? Turmeric can be found in several perfumes and as an essential oil for aromatherapy.


Safety Issues:

  1. Go natural. When using turmeric in conventional ways, there appears to be no risk. This includes everything from eating it to drinking it to putting it on your skin. Turmeric can be used in salad dressings and scrambled eggs, as well as in tea. Keep in mind that even a small amount of turmeric will turn your skin a brilliant orange colour.

  2. Keep an eye out for negative consequences. Nausea, diarrhoea, and stomach discomfort are the most prevalent side effects. They are especially common in people who are allergic to one or more types of curcumin or who consume substantial doses of turmeric over a long period of time.

  3. Keep problems to a minimum. Turmeric should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. This includes being pregnant, breastfeeding, or having problems with your gallbladder. Because turmeric may interfere with blood coagulation, you should stop taking it at least two weeks before surgery.

  4. Consult your physician. While turmeric is generally considered safe, any alternative or supplemental drugs you're considering should be discussed with your doctor. Your doctor can tell you whether they're right for you and discuss any potential side effects.


While further research is needed, early evidence suggests that turmeric is safe and useful for lowering inflammation and treating associated illnesses including osteoarthritis. Put a pinch of turmeric in your favourite foods or look for products containing turmeric on the label to see for yourself.

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