Superfood Turmeric is garnering a lot of attention as a cancer tamer. It is also known as the ‘Fountain Of Youth’ owing to its health, anti-aging and beauty benefits. The root has been used since centuries for healing owing to its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and analgesic properties. Let us study its top 10 health benefits and also some delicious recipes to help you incorporate this superfood daily.
10 Health benefits of Turmeric
1. Improves metabolism
Turmeric or Indian saffron powder is one of the best superfoods to reach for when looking to lose weight, improve metabolism and fight fat. Many studies have proven this for a fact. For an enjoyable read, go to Turmeric weight loss success stories. Ideal dosage is 500 mg capsule daily or 1 tsp powder taken with warm milk. To read the studies, visit the following link: Study on Turmeric Tufts University
2. Fight cold and coughs
Turmeric has an expectorant action that can relieve mucous and expel phlegm. At the first sign of cough, make a healthy, delicious drink with warm milk, a teaspoon of the turmeric and honey. Drink it at night before bed to relieve soreness of throat and coughing. Taken regularly, it can also benefit asthma patients.
3. Prevents Alzheimer’s disease
The anti-inflammatory action of turmeric is known to prevent Alzheimer. This is due to antioxidant curcumin that fights free radicals responsible for inflammation. Take the herb daily in the form of capsules or tinctures. You can also add its powder to your soups, curries and broths.
4. Prevents Arthritis
This benefit is again owing to the anti-oxidant activity which helps prevent inflammation – the root cause of many illnesses like joint pain, gout, arthritis etc.
5. Increases lifespan
Curcumin increases lifespan as shown by this study.
6. Fights cancer
Lab studies have shown that this superfood could fight cancer cells as seen in mice. Bladder cancer cells were also known to be killed by this spice. Lung cancer can also be prevented as seen by this study.
7. Kills fungus more effectively than other herbs and spices
A comparative study showed that curcumin can inhibit fungal growth more efficiently than many herbs and spices including oregano.
8. Lowers blood cholesterol levels
A study has shown that curcumin in turmeric can be used as an effective supplement to regular statin treatment to lower cholesterol.
9. Protects against cognitive or memory defects caused by toxins and radiation
Regular intake of curcumin can prevent oxidative stress that leads to memory defects caused by irradiation. It can also heal cerebral injuries.
10. Protects against depression
Curcumin has the ability to fight depression as effectively as Prozac® as shown by an Indian study.
Other health benefits of turmeric
- Antiseptic action heals cuts and burns quickly.
- Anti aging action eliminates wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation and age spots-Use it in your homemade face masks or with your cleansers to prevent pimples and signs of aging.
- Apply it to face, hands and legs to reduce unwanted hair.
- Detoxify and chelate toxins from liver and kidneys
- Prevent and treat eczema and psoriasis.
- Prevent diabetes.
- 450 mg capsule each day or up to 3 grams of root taken daily
- 1 to 1.5 grams of powder added to tea or in milk
- ½ tbsp turmeric oil taken 3 times a day.
Boil a cup of water and add a teaspoon of the herb to it. Let it steep for 10 minutes. Strain and add honey, ginger and lemon. This is an excellent remedy in winters to ward off cold, sinus, flu, coughs and other respiratory disorders.
2.Sprinkle it on your food
The superfood tastes best when sprinkled on deviled eggs, cauliflower, soup and broth recipes. Add it to lentils with some garlic, butter and other herbs to make a delicious warming recipe.
3. Dip for vegetables
Make a delicious dip with powdered turmeric, yogurt or low fat mayo, herbs, garlic, cilantro etc to dip your raw veggies in. Add it to hummus and eat it with pita chips.
Make a delicious and nutritious smoothie with it along with soaked chia seeds, yogurt or milk. Add your favorite fruit (banana, strawberries etc) and enjoy chilled.
5. Turmeric marinade
Turmeric with cayenne pepper, salt, garlic, melted butter and bay leaf makes an excellent marinade for fish like salmon as well as for chicken. Bake, grill or shallow fry the meat as usual.
Turmeric is a superfood with anti-carcinogenic, anti inflammatory, anti-aging and healing action we should all use.