Crowned the golden spice, Turmeric has more benefits than adding a flare to your food. It’s also known for it’s natural health benefits.
In it’s raw form, Turmeric looks like a ginger root but when ground down it is a bright yellow-orange powder. While India is the producer, consumer and exporter of turmeric, in south Asian countries they use the spice for medical reasons. Turmeric is a great anti-inflammatory agent, used as a blood purifying agent aiding in blood circulation, it treats gestational issues and can be used to treat and prevent cancer and can be used to beautify your face. Below the top five benefits of using the golden spice.
Consuming turmeric is often suggested for the reduction of arthritic pain, gout, and muscle pain following exercise or injury. It can also be made to reduce the inflammation of hemorrhoids.
The Indian spice is extremely useful for constipation, cramping, and irritable bowel syndrome. The anti-inflammatory activity of curcumin also comes into play here, as it lowers the chances of developing ulcers, bleeding in the bowels, and generally eliminates irritation throughout the gut. The spice is often recommended for patients suffering from Inflammatory Bowel Disease and even more serious conditions, such as Crohn’s disease.
Curcumin leads to several changes on the molecular level that may help prevent and perhaps even treat cancer.
Cancer Treatment and Prevention:
Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant agent that has been directly linked with a reduction in colon cancer cells and is also a direct inhibitor for a protein that is essential for tumor growth. The most research on turmeric’s cancer prevention effects has been on colon cancer, but other types of cancer research related to curcumin are currently underway.
Detoxification of the Body:
Turmeric and its active organic compounds have also been found to improve liver function and reduce the levels of toxicity in the body. By stimulating the lymphatic system and ensuring that toxins are removed efficiently, the antioxidant activities of turmeric are an ideal solution for liver ailments or toxicity.
The golden spice will give you a golden glow. It helps with the elasticity of the skin, dark spots, acne and oil and dry skin. The basic turmeric face mask is easy to make and acts as a moisturizer, exfoliator and reduces redness. It brightens the skin and makes it look fresh and clean. A simple mask can be made with…
- ½ teaspoon turmeric powder.
- ½ teaspoon organic apple cider vinegar.
- 1 tablespoon of organic, raw, local honey.
- ½ teaspoon milk or yogurt.
- [optional] 1 drop lemon essential oil or fresh lemon juice for additional skin brightening.