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Health Benefits of Turmeric | Myvitamins

Health Benefits of Turmeric | Myvitamins

The dusty yellow powder in your spice rack really doesn’t do justice to the awesome potential of turmeric. This golden spice has been used for centuries, as far back as five-thousands years ago as a staple in Indian Ayurvedic medicine.

Back then it was used to treat everything from stomach ulcers and toothache, to jaundice, and while some of its more reachy health claims are well, reachy, turmeric does have a lot going for it in addition to giving your curry its blazing orange colour.

What should it taste like?

The freshly ground version is peppery and warm, with a fragrance kind of like orange and ginger. It’s incredibly potent and when of a decent quality, you only need a tiny amount.

And you can add it to anything! Try our Turmeric range for yourself.

Anti-inflammatory effects

It’s loaded with anti-inflammatory compounds, which when taken over time, can help to reduce inflammation in the skin and joints, relieving discomfort and restoring clarity to the skin.

Bowel irritation reduction

Those same anti-inflammatory properties could contribute to turmeric’s effects on irritable bowel conditions. By relaxing the bowels, normal digestive rhythms are restored.

Antioxidant properties

The curcumin in turmeric is a potent antioxidant, which means it can help to fight potentially harmful free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules inside your body, which steal electrons from stable molecules, causing system-wide havoc.

Improve liver function

This could be related to the spice’s antioxidant properties. Studies have shown that supplementing with turmeric can have a positive impact on liver function.

Good for your heart

Turmeric may help to prevent the oxidisation of cholesterol in your body, which is good for your heart. When cholesterol oxidises, it can turn into harmful plaques, which clog your arteries. By helping to prevent this from happening, turmeric plays an important role in protecting your heart from damage.

Reduction in arthritis symptoms

Because turmeric and curcumin are such powerful anti-inflammatories, it stands to reason that they would have a positive effect on arthritis — and they do. A study in which part if a group was given a turmeric supplement, another part given turmeric and an arthritis drug, and the third part given just the arthritis drug, showed that the turmeric group showed the most improvement.

Diabetes control

Although it doesn’t cure diabetes, it can help to lower blood sugar levels. In people with a diabetes, blood sugar levels rise to dangerously high levels, affecting organ function and energy levels. It can also help to reduce blood sugar levels and restore order.

Rich in vitamins and minerals

Iron

Magnesium

Potassium

Manganese

Vitamins C and B6



Sophie Angell

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