Hello Lagom Lifer!
Have you heard about turmeric and its benefits on our health? This is a spice that has been used for thousands of years to treat and cure diseases in China and India.
Turmeric is a spice of yellowish color that has been used in the indian gastronomy (this is the spice that makes curry yellow). However, it is not used for flavoring the meals only, but also for treating diseases in the ayurveda (the traditional medicine of India) and the traditional medicine of China as well. The turmeric is considered to be a superfood, due to all the benefits to our health, from improving digestion to preventing cancer.
These are 5 good reasons to increase consumption of turmeric on a daily basis:
1.It is a natural anti-inflammatory.
The active agent of turmeric, known as curcumin, has an anti-inflammatory effetc. Several researches haven carried out that prove these anti-inflammatory effects and its safe use on human beings (1, 2).
2. Turmeric contains stronger antioxidents than other foods.
Turmeric is a great source of antioxidents, which fights the free radicals and delays the aging process of our cells. The antioxidents are like an oil which avoids that our body gets rusty. The turmeric has antioxidents even stronger than vitamin E and C (3).
3. Turmeric prevents and treats cancer.
Being a great source of antioxidants, turmeric helps to prevent cancer and fight the free radicals, the tumors and the mutations of cells. It has been proved that the regular consumption of turmeric prevents cancer of colon (4) and it avoids tumor cells proliferation (5).
A study was carried out on lab mice, which were inoculated with tumor cell aggregates. A group of the mice was treated with curcumin, the active agent of turmeric. The volume and the evolution of the tumor aggregates were tracked. After 28 days of treatment, the group of mice trated with curcumin showed 45.8 % inhibition of the tumor aggregates than the other group (6).
The study showed that turmeric lowers the growth of cancer cells by supressing the angiogenesis, which is a fundamental step in the transition of benign tumors to a malignant one”.
4. Turmeric lower the progression of arthritis.
The anti-inflammatory property of curcumin performs in our articulations and it prevents arthritis as well. However, if a person is already diagnosed with arthritis, turmeric can lower down the progression of this disease (7).
5. Turmeric prevents diabetes.
It has been proved that consuming turmeric on a daily basis decreases the risk of developing diabetes. A study was carried out on 240 individuals diagnosed with pre-diabetes. The individuals were divided into 2 groups. One of the groups was treated with placebo capsules (this means the pills did not contain any kind of drug), whilst the second group was treated with turmeric.
16.4 % of the individuals of the first group (treated with placebo capsules) developed diabetes type 2; whilst the second group (treated with turmeric), no one developed diabetes (8).
Considerations to be taken..
Lagom Lifer, just be aware that as any natural remedy / medicine, you will not experience the benefits of turmeric overnight. If you do really want get profit of this superfood, you are to consume it on a daily basis, and of course, consult with your doctor before taking it as supplement.