Top 10 Health Benefits of Turmeric

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The Top 10 Health Benefits o f Turmeric

1. Turmeric is an excellent source of potent medicinal properties

Turmeric has been used in Asia for more than a thousand years now, especially in India. Originally, it was used as a dye. But later on, it has been used both as a spice and also as a medicinal herb.

As a spice, it is actually what gives the yellow color of curry.

As a medicinal herb, it is actually a major part of Siddha medicine, which is a system of traditional medicine that came from South India, particularly from Tamil Nadu.

Recent studies have shown what Indians have already known for more than a thousand years – that Turmeric does indeed contain medicinal properties which explain the health benefits that can be gained from it.

These studies have revealed that the compounds in Turmeric have antibacterial as well as antifungal properties. Aside from these compounds, Turmeric contains one more important compound – curcumin.

Curcumin, the main active ingredient in turmeric, is a very strong antioxidant and also a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. Aside from being found in turmeric, it can also be found in ginger, although in limited amounts.  More importantly, curcumin has shown effectiveness in preventing cancer by aiding in killing and preventing the spread of cancer cells.

But taking turmeric alone in its natural form will not give you a significant dosage of curcumin. You need to take a turmeric extract that contains a good level of curcumin, so that you can experience the full health benefits from it.

The blood in our bodies though cannot properly absorb a lot of curcumin on its own. It is therefore recommended that curcumin be consumed with black pepper, since black pepper contains a natural substance called piperine which greatly increases the absorption of curcumin by 2000%. Consuming turmeric with peppercorn is a good way to take turmeric.

 

Turmeric Health Benefit #2 – to be continued…

 

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