Some of the of include its ability to protect the digestive tract and prevent cancer, slow the ageing process and reduce inflammation.

-Turmeric is a perennial herb that is native to India and has the scientific name of Curcuma longa.


— Turmeric is a yellow spice also used for food and has also been hailed as one of the most powerful medicines in Ayurvedic treatments.

— Curcumin is the most important and active ingredient in turmeric.

— Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow colour.


— The medicinal compounds found in turmeric are called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin.

Turmeric is not as popular as curry or thyme powders in Nigeria but there are those of us who are already familiar with the health benefits.

And today we shall be helping others come to the light by listing out the various health benefits of turmeric that we are certain a lot of Nigerians would find beneficial for their health goals.


For those Nigerians who have never heard or seen the turmeric powder before then take a walk through a major supermarket, browse through the spice section and you would find it.

And when you do and then decide to make it a part of your life then this post of the health benefits of turmeric should be bookmarked for reference purposes.

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So shall we?


1. Menstrual Problems

First on our list is the health benefit that turmeric holds for menstrual issues due to its anti-inflammatory properties that are known to work wonders on.

Menstrual discomfort,
Cramping,
Bloating,
Excessive bleeding
Mood swings


2. Cystic Fibrosis

Another health benefit from the super compound Curcumin is its ability to halt the development of cystic fibroid by correcting the protein-folding mutation that causes it.

3. Treatment And Prevention Of Cancer

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Turmeric as shown tremendous healing potential in the cancer department by displaying the ability to help combat cancer.


Its Curcumin content has been linked with a reduction in colon cancer cells.
That ingredient has also proven to be a direct inhibitor for a protein that is essential for tumour growth.
A 2007 American study that combined curcumin with chemotherapy to treat bowel cancer cells in a laboratory showed that the combined treatment killed more cancer cells than the chemotherapy alone.

According To The American Cancer Society
Laboratory studies have also shown that curcumin interferes with cancer development, growth, and spread. Researchers have reported that curcumin blocked the formation of cancer-causing enzymes in rodents.

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Recently, curcumin has received a great deal of focus because of its ability to reduce tumour size and kill cancer cells.
4. Body Detoxification


Looking for a natural way to detoxify your body? Then turmeric might just be what you need.

The yellow spice due to its Curcumin content has proven to be able to improve on liver function and reduce the levels of toxicity in the body.

5. Improve Heart Health


The turmeric spice can also help your heart health.

The curcumin directly balances your cholesterol levels by eliminating excess LDL (“bad cholesterol”) from the arteries and blood vessels.
The curcumin vitamin B6 content can efficiently inhibit the production of homocysteine, which can damage cell walls and consequently affect your heart health negatively.
Studies have also directly shown that Curcumin can help control heart attacks.
Studies have shown that it can reduce angiogenesis (growth of new blood vessels in tumours), metastasis (spread of cancer), as well as contributing to the death of cancerous cells.

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6. Improve Cognitive Abilities


Turmeric according to traditional usage is considered as a cognitive booster.

Modern research has also finally proven these traditional beliefs to be true.

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The spice can boost.


Cognitive abilities,
Increase concentration,
Boost memory retention.

Turmeric also helps to

Protect the neural pathways from long-term oxidative stress and the build-up of plaque.
Prevent cognitive degradations.
Can clear up the buildup of protein tangles called Amyloid plaques that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease.


7. Curb Depression

According to this research turmeric due to its Curcumin content was shown to possess a similar effect as Prozac on patients suffering from depression, mood swings, anxiety, and stress.

8. Gastrointestinal Issues:


Turmeric according to decades use of the spice, is said to possess the ability to improve on.the following conditions

Constipation.
Cramping.
Irritable bowel syndrome.
Gut health.
Heartburn.
IBS
Crohn’s Disease
Ulcerative Colitis

9. For Joint Pains.


According to this study, turmeric extract supplements worked just as well as ibuprofen in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

10. Help With Diabetes

Among people with pre-diabetes, curcumin capsules were found to delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes in a 2012 study. Over nine months, study participants were given either curcumin supplements or placebo capsules. Just over 16 per cent of people taking the placebo pill was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes by the end of the study, while no one taking curcumin was.


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11. Antioxidant Booster

Apart from being an antioxidant itself and a very good combatant against free radicals Curcumin according to these studies ( 123 ) boosts the activity of the body’s own antioxidant enzymes.

In other words, it improves the antioxidant capacity of your body.


12. Anti Inflammatory

Turmeric generally is an anti-inflammatory spice.

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The journal Oncogene published the results of a study that evaluated several anti-inflammatory compounds and found that aspirin and ibuprofen are least effective, while curcumin, is among the most effective anti-inflammatory compounds in the world.


Warning
Excessive Turmeric Dosage despite its health benefits Can Lead To.

Nausea
Dizziness
Diarrhoea
Heart irregularities (in limited cases)

13. Regulate Cholesterol Levels


A study done by Drugs in R & D found that curcumin was equal or more effective than diabetes medications at reducing oxidative stress and inflammation in the treatment of high cholesterol.

The current Nigerian Health situation demands that we look for alternative ways to boost the Nigerian Health structure by which I mean the health of the people.
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Thus the reason behind this list of 14 health benefits of Turmeric. Use it and become whole through its many blessings.


Sources:

http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/complementaryandalternativemedicine/herbsvitaminsandminerals/turmeric.

http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-help/about-cancer/cancer-questions/can-turmeric-prevent-bowel-cancer.


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