A herbaceous plant from the ginger family native to Southwest India, Turmeric or Haldi is a super-food that the world needs to catch on to. Not only does it at that extra zing to Indian curries, it also has a tonne of health benefits and medical applications date back to ancient civilizations.
Belonging to India myself, years of consuming this wonder-plant has truly made me a healthier, stronger, and sharper person over the years. If consumed regularly, turmeric can shower you with plenty of benefits. And here are a few of them.
Containing over two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds, like curcumin, turmeric can help with a variety of chronic and debilitative conditions with no side effects.
Turmeric relieves digestive problems and improves overall digestion. Indigestion, ulcers, colitis, and several other stomach-related illnesses can be cured by regular turmeric consumption.
Reduces cancer risk
It may sound far-fetched, but the antioxidants in turmeric can actually reduce the risk of cancer cells growing in your body.
According to a study by the US National Library of Medicine and National Institute of Health, “The activity of curcumin reported against leukemia and lymphoma, gastrointestinal cancers, genitourinary cancers, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, lung cancer, melanoma, neurological cancers, and sarcoma reflects its ability to affect multiple targets. Thus, an ‘old-age’ disease such as cancer requires an ‘age-old’ treatment.”
Promotes heart health
Turmeric can help clear plaque buildup in the arteries that can lead to a heart attack or stroke. It also helps reduce cholesterol and prevent internal blood clots.
Mitigates arthritis symptoms
The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric are also effective in alleviating arthritis symptoms. It also promotes overall bone and muscle health if regularly consumed.
Promotes brain health
One of the most significant effects of turmeric in its positive impact on our brains. It not only aids cognitive activity and brain function, it also effectively wards off neurodegenerative conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Mix half a teaspoon of turmeric powder into milk or warm water and drink a cup of this every day. Alternatively, you can also cut a small slice of raw turmeric and consume it raw or with warm water daily and see yourself grow healthier by the day.