The Health Benefits of Turmeric
By Claudia Maghidman
Turmeric, a little known spice in the western world, has amazing healing properties. Turmeric, which originated in south Asia, comes from a plant that is related to the ginger plant. Turmeric has been used for millennia throughout southeast Asia, particularly because of the spice’s health properties. More recently, people of the western hemisphere have come to realize all that turmeric has to offer. For thousands of years, health professions in India and China have used Turmeric to treat a variety of ailments. Turmeric has been particularly well-know for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Due to its anti-inflammatory nature, Turmeric has been used to treat illnesses, such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Osteoarthritis. Inflammatory Bowel Disease is a chronic disease that involves the inflammation of the digestive tract. Two commons type of Inflammatory Bowel Disease are Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease. Inflammatory Bowel Disease tends to cause ulcers, cell wall thickening, and the propagation of inflammatory cells in the gastrointestinal tract. Recent scientific evidence suggests that turmeric may reduce the effects of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative and painful condition that affects millions all over the globe. Osteoarthritis comes about when the cartilage in your bones progressively wears down. Although no cure exists, research suggests turmeric may be responsible for greatly lessening the pain and increasing the functionality of those suffering fromOsteoarthritis.
Due to its antioxidant properties, turmeric has been suggested as a possible preventer of cancer. In many scientific studies involving animals,turmeric has been effective in preventing and treating colon cancer, liver cancer, mammary cancer, prostate cancer, and oral cancer. The antioxidants in turmeric protect the body’s cells from free radicals that damage cellular DNA. Also, the antioxidants help the body destroy cancer cells and halt the cancer cells from spreading. Furthermore, scientific evidence suggests that the antioxidants can prevent the formation of tumors by halting the synthesis of proteins that cause tumors.
Turmeric has also been cited as a possible defense against heart disease. Scientific studies suggest that turmeric can combat the buildup of plaque in the arteries. Also, its has been evidenced in animal tests that turmeric can lower LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) levels. Furthermore, the animal tests have shown that turmeric has the ability to prevent blood clots in the arteries.
Eastern medicine has been aware of the amazing health benefits of turmeric for millennia, and the rest of the world is finally catching on. What was believed to be true in places like India and China about this potent yellow spice is now starting to gain the scientific notoriety that the spice deserves.