Saturday, 1 February 2014

Natural wonders —Miraculous Turmeric

Natural wonders —Miraculous Turmeric

TURMERIC -  Turmeric, a  spice found almost in every kitchen India, is a perennial plant that belongs to the ginger family containing curcumin a polyphenol.The health benefits of this spice are well known to the society over the centuries. Known for its anti-inflammatory properties since centuries, recent researches  revealed that turmeric is a natural wonder, extremely beneficial in the treatment of different health conditions even in cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

Health benefits :

First Choice of beauticians: A thick paste prepared of Turmeric Powder, Flour of Gram or Barley and a little butter or edible oil prepared in adequate quality is used since centuries by buticians and women in India. This preparation is so effective that so far no beauty product could take its place.
Anti-bacterial properties: Turmeric is an effective anti-septic agent useful in disinfecting cuts and burns. Studies show that when freshly peeled and ground turmeric is mixed with ethanol and centrifuged, it forms a potent mixture to inhibit growth of bacteria. Therefore, turmeric is used as an external healing agent to prevent infection from spreading in cuts and wounds. Since turmeric is a good antiseptic agent, it can also be used to cure varied skin disorders.
Anti-inflammatory agent: Many studies have revealed that curcumin present in turmeric has the same anti-inflammatory properties as many potent drugs. Turmeric is thus recommended in the case of inflammatory diseases such as asthma, multiple sclerosis and disturbed bowel syndrome.Its anti-inflammatory properties is also beneficial in treating arthritis.
Helpful in digestive disorders: Curcumin present in turmeric has carminative (relieve flatulence) qualities. Studies suggest that it is also an effective treatment for inflammatory bowel disease.
Keeps the Heart healthy: Turmeric has antiplatelet activity, reduce blood clots, aiding blood circulation. This action can provide protection against heart attacks and strokes.  Turmeric also reduces blood cholesterol levels, keeping heart problems under check.
Keeps Diabetes under control: Turmeric helps lower blood glucose levels, thus beneficial to diabetics.
Fights Cancer: curcumin present in turmeric destroys cancer cells responsible for many types of cancer like  prostate, skin and breast cancer, some studies revealed. Curcumin’s anti-oxidant properties also helps fight free radicals, thus preventing cell damage that leads to cancer. Turmeric can boost effects of certain drugs used in chemotherapy to treat cancer. In fact it’s also known to reduce certain side effects of these drugs.


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