The antioxidant properties of turmeric help in preventing free radicals from damaging healthy body cells which can lead to cancer. In case any cancer cells develop, the compounds in turmeric work to destroy them and prevent their spread to other parts of the body. Turmeric has been found to be effective in preventing and treating colon cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer.
Potent Medicinal Properties
The various components found in this root carry powerful medicinal properties. In India, turmeric has for years been used in the treatment of:
- Sores (antimicrobial properties)
- Stomach problems
- Liver ailments
- Skin problems such as eczema
Curcumin, the active compound in turmeric, is believed to be responsible for a large number of the above treatments. Today’s scientific advancement has proven a number of these traditional medicinal claims to be true.
Turmeric is a Strong Anti-Inflammatory
Inflammation is a natural immune response to invading pathogens. It is important in keeping our bodies healthy. At times however it can go overboard and harm the body and even start attacking healthy tissue. Inflammation has been associated with diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer and other diseases. Curcumin in Turmeric is a very powerful and safe anti inflammatory agent. Even more amazing is the fact that it has been compared, in terms of efficacy, to other medical anti-inflammatory medications. The best thing about it is that there are no adverse side effects to go with it.
Treatment of Various Diseases
Finished and ongoing research into turmeric and its interaction with the human body has uncovered evidence that the root can be a powerful aid in treating a number of illnesses. They include Alzheimer’s, heart disease, cystic fibrosis, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.
Turmeric Can Treat Depression
Depression is a very serious problems and even treatment with pharmacological medications is complex and there is a high chance of the medications not working properly. Even those that help leave the patient with serious side effects. A better and natural alternative is turmeric. Several studies have shown it to be as effective an anti depressant as Prozac. Even better, it can reverse some of the brain damage caused by severe depression.
Source of Turmeric Powder
Many people today get turmeric in powder form. In its original form, it is the root of a plant called Curcuma longa. As you may have guessed, this plant is widely grown in Asia but more so in India where you will find large fields of them. Whether you use turmeric as a root or in powder form, there is no denying how good it is for the human body. Below are some of the reasons why you should try it in your food (or in any other way) today.