Although the internet is a powerful tool, not everything you read on it is right. In fact, most of the articles you read on natural remedies don’t have their facts straight, so it’s important to do your own research before proceeding with their use.
Take turmeric for example – it is one of the most popular spices in the world, and has been used as a remedy in the past. However, there are many myths about it – although the spice doesn’t have any side-effects, it’s not helpful in the case of diabetes like many people think, and can’t be used against gallbladder problems. In fact, it can aggravate the symptoms in this case. Of course, that doesn’t mean that the spice is not beneficial for our health.
According to scientists from the Maryland University, turmeric has been used as a natural remedy for more than a few millennia. It was mostly used as a digestive tonic, but can also help with other health problems. As you probably already know, the main active compound in the spice is known as curcumin. Curcumin is a potent antioxidant and responsible for all the health benefits of turmeric. It can fight free radicals in the body, prevent cellular and DNA damage and treat and prevent numerous life-threatening ailments. Additionally, curcumin reduces the levels of two enzymes in our body that are responsible for inflammation and also prevents the clamping of blood platelets which can form blood clots.
Studies have shown that turmeric may assist in the treatment of indigestion, bloating, colitis, stomach ulcers, heart disease, bacterial and viral infections, uveitis, and osteoarthritis. There’s extensive back up research behind the health benefits of turmeric. One study said that although ancient remedies are ignored as most of their active components are defined. This doesn’t go for turmeric, whose active compound curcumin was identified over a century ago. Studies in the past few decades have discovered that turmeric is a diferuloylmethane, a compound that regulates enzymes, cytokines and other compounds that regulate inflammation. Chronic inflammation is one of the key factors for numerous diseases and conditions, and should be a major health concern.
The use of curcumin (turmeric) in ancient Chinese and Ayurveda medicine has been well-documented, and studies in the last few decades seem to back it all up. There’s scientific data of a decline in the incidence of chronic diseases in countries where turmeric is frequently consumed. Western medicine has been studying turmeric for years and has found that it’s a powerful anti-inflammatory compound that can reduce inflammation and in that way prevent a host of ailments. Some studies even suggest that turmeric works better than most NSAIDs including Ibuprofen, although further evidence is required before any conclusions can be drawn.
For now, we suggest including turmeric in your meals, as it doesn’t have any side-effects and is highly beneficial for our health.
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