Health Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric, a yellow –orange herb is commonly used as spice in
Indian kitchen. This flavor-filled spice is primarily cultivated from the
rhizomes, or roots, of a flowering plant in India and other parts of Southeast
Asia. Turmeric is loaded with health benefits and offers you multiple medicinal
properties. From centuries, Turmeric is being used to make “Haldi Doodh” or the
Golden milk for its Anti-inflammatory effects. The active constituent,
responsible for the Anti-Inflammatory activity of Turmeric is Curcumin.
Curcumin is responsible for the yellow colour of Turmeric
along with its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. However, Curcumin is
only found to be 3% by weight in the pure Turmeric powder. As curcumin is
considered the most active ingredient in turmeric, researchers have begun to
isolate it and use it for different formulations. But it doesn’t mean that
Curcumin is the only ingredient with health benefits.
Curcuminoids other than Curcumin are demethoxycurcumin, and
bisdemethoxycurcumin. Demethoxycurcumin and Bisdemethoxycurcumin are also found
to have anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative activities.
According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, one
tablespoon (tbsp) of turmeric powder contains:
0.91 grams (g) of protein
0.31 g of fat
6.31 g of carbohydrates
2.1 g of fiber
0.3 g of sugar
26 percent of daily manganese needs
16 percent of daily iron
5 percent of daily potassium
3 percent of daily vitamin C
Few of the many health benefits of Turmeric are-
- Anti-Inflammatory- Chronic
inflammation has been linked to many diseases such as heart disease,
neurological disease, cancer etc. The anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric
have been proven just as powerful as the top anti-inflammatory drugs in
fighting inflammation on a molecular level.
- Anti-oxidant- Age-related
and chronic diseases are often associated with oxidative stress due to free
radicals. The antioxidant mechanisms of curcumin actually neutralize harmful
free radicals and also boosts the body’s antioxidant capacity creating a
double-edged sword to fight against diseases.
Reliever- Turmeric is thought of as a pain reliever. The spice is
reputed to relieve pain and swelling for numerous forms of arthritis.
Cancer- Turmeric and its active ingredient curcumin have shown
potential in preventing and improving the treatment of cancer. The antioxidant activity
of turmeric have been found to reduce tumor growth.
Heart Health- Turmeric helps by reducing cholesterol, improving blood
pressure, and fighting inflammation to reduce the risk for heart disease.
Elevator- Turmeric also offers antidepressant benefits.
- Turmeric and curcuminoids both have medicinal properties.
However, consuming the traditional amount of Tumeric has few drawbacks-
- It doesn’t absorb well into the bloodstream, and the
amount we use as spice is not adequate for the beneficial effects of Turmeric.
- First Pass effect further decreases the
bioavailability of Turmeric
- Curcumin is only found to be 3% by weight in the pure
- Adulteration is a big problem for today’s world.
To address the above limitations, Yogic Secrets has come forth with a formula- AyurMeric, containing Turmeric
fortified with Curcumin and Inulin (a
prebiotic fibre with health benefits such as promoting digestive health,
controlling blood sugar etc.). For more info please visit: https://www.yogicsecrets.com/ayurmeric