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December 27, 2018 19 min read

You've probably heard by now that turmeric is the most potent herb on the planet and that it can fight and potentially reverse any disease.

But what makes turmeric this fantastic all-in-one healing herb? And is the hype surrounding turmeric true?

Well, you've come to the right place!

Because in this in-depth article, we're going to lay out the how's and why's of the 17 ultimate health benefits of turmeric, plus tips on all the different ways you can ingest this hailed wonder cure.

What Even Is Turmeric? 

Turmeric comes from the beautiful Curcuma longa plant and is one of the oldest healing spices in the world.

turmeric plant

Belonging to the ginger family, turmeric has been used for more than 5000 years, both in cooking and curing various health ailments.

The hype surrounding turmeric has quickly picked up steam in recent years.

And with good reason.

Over 10,000 peer-reviewed articles have been published proving turmeric's miraculous healing properties, and Google's Food Trends even ranked turmeric as a breakout star ingredient.

Turmeric: A Wonder Cure? 

So what makes this beautiful herb such a potent, all-in-one, medicinal cure?It's the active compounds found in turmeric known as curcuminoids.

Curcumin (we wouldn't be surprised if it got its name from cure) is one of the most potent curcuminoids found in turmeric. It's this compound that plays an instrumental role in the immune busting powers of turmeric.

The best part?

Turmeric (when not taken in excess - because as we know too much of anything is bad for you) is SAFE!

It has little to no side effects. And while some side effects have been reported, they have been mild and did not cause any real harm.

So with that said, let's read on to find out the 17 proven health benefits of turmeric so that you can start boosting your immunity today!

And because of all the endless ways you can ingest this wonder cure, we’ve added a few tips and tricks to guide you along the way.

Ready? Go!

1.    It Fights Your Depression

turmeric for depression

The excellent, rich antioxidants in curcumin can seriously help fight your depression.

According to Healthline, research on turmeric may be just as bright and hopeful as its cheery yellow colour.

That's because the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin can restore the neurotransmitters and protect your brain, ultimately leading to significant improvements in your mood.

A 2017 review looked at all of the research on the health benefits of turmeric, more specifically, curcumin, to help treat depression. It found that curcumin was indeed a safe and effective natural treatment for depression.

turmeric for mental health

How To Use Turmeric For Depression

You can try turmeric supplements which are available at your local health and food stores. They can also be found online in turmeric capsules or extract form. 

Popular methods include turmeric capsules or sprinkling it on top of daily meals.

Whichever method you prefer is fine. However, if you do get turmeric capsules, you want to make sure they have a high percentage of curcuminoids — around 95 percent is optimal.

When taking turmeric capsules correctly and regularly, studies show that you can begin to notice a change in your symptoms within four weeks!

2.    It Keeps Your Brain Happy, Healthy, & Young

 

turmeric for the brain

If you enjoy eating Indian and other South Asian curry dishes, you’re already doing your mental health a world of good.

The evidence that turmeric acts to protect your brain from awful brain diseases like Alzheimer’s disease is mounting up.

It's been said that India has the lowest dementia rates in the world, and some health experts believe this is because people living in India consume between 25-50 milligrams of turmeric in their daily diet over an entire lifetime!

Furthermore, curcumin has been shown to reverse the biochemical changes associated with ageing in the brain.

It does this by binding heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, copper, zinc, and iron, which counteract any neurotoxic effects these metals may have on your brain.

But what about all the other active compounds in turmeric?

Researchers from the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine in Julich, Germany, injected Aromatic-turmerone, another compound found in turmeric, directly into the neural stem cells located in a rat’s brain.

After they scanned the rat's brains, they noticed that the infusions increased the brain’s self-repair and recovery by 80 percent!

How To Use Turmeric For Brain Health

Turmeric dissolves in fat, so for you to fully absorb it in your body, you have to add some healthy fats like olive or coconut oil.

It's been said that boiling turmeric for up to 10 minutes will increase its solubility, and may enhance absorption.

Tip:Try adding turmeric to a cup of tea or some hot water. By far, one of the easiest ways to incorporate turmeric into your diet (other than turmeric capsules) is by making turmeric tea.

 Directions:

  • Slice up or grate fresh turmeric root
  • Add to a teapot along with cinnamon or anything else you prefer
  • Steep in hot water
  • Sweeten with honey before drinking 

Whether you opt for tea or just hot water, try having this drink every morning to get your day off to a great start.

3.    It Detoxifies Your Body

turmeric for detox

With all the toxins we’re bombarded with on a daily, detoxification is so crucial if we want to live a long and healthy life.

Here are just a few of the MANY ways that our bodies are submerged with toxins: 

  • Pollution
  • Plastic Bottles
  • Non-stick Cookware
  • Cellphones
  • Pesticides
  • Chemicals In Our Water
  • Chemicals In Our Food
  • Household Products
  • Personal Care Products
  • Stress

Luckily, turmeric kills it in the detox game, thanks to its main antioxidant curcumin. 

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, curcumin stimulates the production of bile by the gallbladder. The liver uses bile to eliminate toxins and bile rejuvenates liver cells that break down harmful compounds.

The liver is one of the most important organs to detoxify. When the liver is supported through the use of turmeric, it can also help detox the blood and reduce inflammation.

For this very reason, turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine to treat digestion and liver disorders. 

How To Use Turmeric For Detox 

Again you can try turmeric capsules or try this hearty bowl of soup! The Detox Turmeric Lentil Soup is excellent for digestion and the liver.

turmeric soup detox

Ingredients

  • One tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup diced turnip or potato
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped sweet potato
  • Two minced garlic cloves
  • One teaspoon sea salt
  • One teaspoon black pepper
  • Two teaspoons of dried thyme
  • 1 cup of green or brown lentils
  • 1 cup of red lentils
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons turmeric
  • One teaspoon ginger
  • One teaspoon of cumin
  • 4 cups of veggie broth
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 cup up spinach
  • 1 cup of parsley 

Directions

  • Heat the oil in a large stockpot
  • Then add onions, celery, turnip, potato and garlic and saute for about 5 minutes until everything softens.
  • Season with salt, pepper and thyme and continue to cook about 2 minutes.
  • Add lentils, turmeric, ginger and cumin and saute 1 - 2 minutes
  • Then add the broth and water
  • Bring the soup to a boil, cover and reduce to simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in almond milk, spinach and herbs.

Bon Appetit!

4.    It Improves Your Cholesterol Levels Significantly

turmeric for cholesterol

Curcumin has been proven to lower cholesterol and suppress plaque build-up in the arteries.

But, that's not all. Turmeric can also stop cholesterol production in the liver, and prevent cholesterol absorption in your gut!

In research published in the Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, ten volunteers consumed 500 mg of curcumin per day for 7 days.

They found that their blood levels of oxidized LDL cholesterol dropped 33 percent and their HDL (good cholesterol) increased by 29 percent!

turmeric for cholesterol

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How To Use Turmeric For Lowering Your Cholesterol

If you’re taking turmeric capsules and want to try switching things up, you can spice up sautéed onions or cauliflower, or any veggies for that matter with turmeric. You can also try adding turmeric to salad dressings!  

5.    It Balances Your Hormone Levels

As we mentioned earlier, turmeric is terrific for detoxification. When turmeric stimulates bile in the gallbladder, your liver will be able to remove excess androgens and estrogens more effectively.

Which naturally leads to better hormone balance!

Turmeric has also been shown to improve circulation and estrogen metabolism. In Ayurveda, turmeric is considered an essential tool in fighting amenorrhea, endometriosis, fibroids, and cysts.

Curcumin can act as a natural estrogen source and mimic the activity of the hormone which is beneficial for menstrual regulation and fertility. Hence why turmeric is such a great addition to your diet if you want to manage hormonal imbalance.

How To Use Turmeric For Balancing Your Hormone Levels

turmeric for hormones

When digging for the best way to balance hormone levels using turmeric, we found that Golden Milk is the ultimate hormone-balancing concoction.

Not to mention its said to be warming, soothing, cozy, and delicious.

Here's the recipe!

Start by cooking a golden paste: 

  • blend five tablespoons virgin coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup organic turmeric powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 5 teaspoons black pepper
  • simmer for ten minutes

Once this delightful mixture cools, you can keep it in the refrigerator in a jar for about two weeks and simply take a dash of it every time you prepare your milk.

To make the milk:

  • warm 2 cups of coconut milk
  • add one teaspoon of the golden paste
  • whisk in a pot until thoroughly mixed
  • now add cinnamon & honey for a sweetened taste

6.    It Prevents Dangerous Blood Clots

turmeric for dangerous blood clots

Turmeric has anti-thrombotic properties that inhibit blood clotting. While blood clotting is a necessary process, sometimes clots can move, which is when they become a health risk!

If a clot does uproot and becomes mobile, it can travel to your heart or lungs, get stuck, and obstruct blood flow.

These clots are typically associated with atherosclerosis, which occurs when plaque builds up along the arterial walls.

The anticoagulant properties in curcumin make it a great preventative measure for people at risk of developing dangerous blood clots.

Because blood clotting is a necessary and natural function to prevent blood loss, taking turmeric for blood clotting shouldn't be to avoid clotting altogether, but to ensure that large, potentially dangerous clots do not form.

How To Use Turmeric For Blood Clots

Why not indulge in a creamy veggie dip! 

  • mix turmeric with plain yogurt
  • add a little omega-3-rich mayo
  • add salt & pepper to taste 

Tip:Adding black pepper to turmeric increases your body’s ability to absorb the curcumin 

7.    It Fights Off Your Inflammation

turmeric for inflammation

Inflammation is the body’s reaction to injury or infection, often causing redness, swelling, pain, or heat.

If inflammation persists for a lengthy period, it becomes chronic. Chronic inflammation is a hyper-inflammation that is linked to a ton of health problems!

A few telltale signs that you have inflammation in your body:

  • Fatigue:Inflammation can be caused by too little or too much sleep. If you're not getting enough sleep or sleeping excessively, there's a good chance that you may have inflammation.

  • Chronic Pain:While aches and pains are normal, experiencing pain on a regular basis is a big indicator that there is inflammation in your body. Sometimes chronic pain could be a sign that you have a type of arthritis, which is also a significant contributor to inflammation (will talk about arthritis more later).

  • Swollen Lymph Nodes:Lymph nodes (located in your neck, under your armpits, and near the groin area) can swell up whenever something's going wrong in your body. If your lymph nodes are always inflamed, or they hurt, this could be a sign of inflammation.

  • Brain Fog:Inflammation can without a doubt affect you mentally. If you find that you’re having a hard time concentrating, remembering things, experiencing headaches often, or any other type of foggy symptoms, this could be a sign of inflammation. 
  • Gut Issues: Did you know that 70 percent of your immune system is in your gut? While we all have the occasional bouts of diarrhea or moments of gassiness, ongoing symptoms like these is a huge indicator of inflammation.

Curcumin and turmeric are widely popular for their ability to tame chronic inflammation.

How To Use Turmeric For Inflammation

Try this anti-inflammatory turmeric tonic!

turmeric for inflammation

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups coconut water
  • 2 tbsp grated fresh turmeric (or 1/2 to 1 tsp dried turmeric powder)
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • juice from 1 lemon or orange
  • One medium carrot
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • pinch of black pepper
  • a pinch of cayenne or cinnamon

Now place all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth! 

8.    It Treats Your IBS

turmeric for IBS

Turmeric has recently attracted a ton of attention for its amazing ability to eliminate IBS symptoms.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a common digestive system disorder that causes symptoms, such as stomach cramps, diarrhea, and constipation. Stress and particular foods often trigger IBS.

A study conducted in 2004 found that people with IBS who took two capsules of turmeric every day for eight weeks reported declines in abdominal discomfort and improved bowel movement patterns.

Turmerics health benefits have been linked to healing other digestive system disorders, including ulcerative colitis which is an unpleasant chronic condition that causes diarrhea and abdominal pain.

One study in 2015 found that adding curcumin to a regular treatment routine had a positive impact on the symptoms of ulcerative colitis.

How To Use Turmeric For IBS

Turmeric capsules work best or even just simply sprinkling turmeric to your daily meals and drinks is the easiest approach to managing IBS  

Tip:Remember that a little goes a long way! You only need to add in small amounts at a time.

9.    It Heals Your Belly

turmeric for stomach

Gastric ulceration can occur as a side effect to the excessive use of painkillers (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs like Advil) and stress.

Research has found that turmeric polysaccharides can alleviate gastric ulcers by protecting the mucous lining of your stomach and inhibiting the growth of an ulcer-causing bacterium.

Once again, due to turmerics anti-inflammatory properties, this makes it a great healer for ailments that can cause stomach ulcers.

What’s more, turmeric has been said to offer far greater health benefits that aren't found in anti-ulcer drugs such as omeprazole.

For example, turmeric’s compound help regulate the enzymes involved in ulcer wounds, reverse cell damage, and accelerate healing.

The natural compounds in turmeric could also help resolve ulcers or relieve symptoms without the potentially toxic side effects of synthetic drugs.

Turmeric at optimum levels is highly effective in soothing gastric inflammation and ulceration!

How To Use Turmeric For Gastric Ulcers

Blend it in this tummy soothing smoothie!

Ingredients

  • A frozen banana
  • 1 cup of fresh pineapple
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoons grated ginger (or 1/4 tsp ground ginger)
  • 1/2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • Two teaspoons of chia seeds
  • A few fresh mint leaves

Place everything in blender and mix until smooth!

10.    It Nourishes Your Skin

turmeric for good skin

The antioxidants in turmeric protect the skin cells from free radical damage, therefore restoring your natural glow and treating skin conditions!

How To Use Turmeric For Nourishing Your Skin

Warning: Turmeric will stain fabric, so it’s best to wear an old shirt and dry off with a towel specifically used for these treatments.

For Scars & Wounds:The anti-inflammatory properties in turmeric are excellent for healing your skin. Turmeric can reduce scarring and heal wounds quicker due to its antiseptic qualities.

Tip:Mix a pinch of turmeric with one teaspoon of besan or gram flour. Apply the mixture to the affected areas and let the paste dry for at least 25 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water.

For Dry & Cracked Skin:Having a problem with cracked heels? No problem!

Tip:Mix some coconut oil with turmeric powder and apply this paste on your cracked heels or anywhere on your skin that's dry. Then after 15 minutes wash it off.

Soothing Burns:Turmeric has amazing soothing properties!

Tip:Mix some turmeric with a little bit of milk or cooling curd, and then apply it to the burn. After the paste dries up, wash it off gently. Repeat this twice a day until the burn fades away.

Eliminating Stretch Marks:A mix of turmeric, saffron and lime juice can be used to reduce or eliminate the appearance of stretch marks.

Tip:Apply the paste and let it sit for 15 minutes before washing it off. Repeat this daily.

Bothersome Acne:Turmeric is very useful for treating acne and redness due to its antibacterial properties. It helps in destroying acne-causing bacteria and also removes any excess oil from your skin.

Tip:Mix ½ teaspoon of turmeric with two teaspoons of sandalwoodand some milk to make a paste. Apply the mixture on your face and leave it to dry. Once dry, wash it off. Repeat twice a week to see results.

Exfoliation:Turmeric is excellent for removing dead skin cells.

Tip:Mix 1 tablespoon oatmeal, one tablespoon powdered masoor dal, ½ teaspoon turmeric powder and some milk or rose water to form a paste. Once dry, scrub/rinse off.

Watch the video below about the health benefits of turmeric for your skin! It also talks about wrinkles which we will get into later in this article.

 

11.    It Relieves Your Pain

Our world is full of unexplained pain. Pain in the body is common and can be a symptom of many underlying conditions.

While pain is usually harmless, it can definitely be uncomfortable and just plain annoying.

The Different Types of Pain:

  • Acute pain:starts suddenly and is short-term
  • Chronic pain: lasts for more extended periods of time
  • Bone pain: typically when something is affecting your bones
  • Soft tissue pain: happens when organs, muscles or tissues are damaged or inflamed
  • Nerve pain: you guessed it, this pain occurs when a nerve is damaged
  • Referred pain: when pain from one part of your body is felt in another
  • Total pain:is the emotional, social, and spiritual factors that affect a person

Turmeric has a natural analgesic activity that brings about rapid pain relief.

Swelling and inflammation are two key features of pain. As we’ve stated many times in this article, curcumin is widely known for its potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Like ginger, studies have found that turmeric has pain-reducing power equal in some cases to that of prescriptions and over-the-counter medications.

According to a study that looked at rheumatoid arthritis, researchers found that even though both turmeric and ginger reduced the frequency and severity of flare-ups, turmeric had significantly more anti-inflammatory and antioxidant power than ginger.

How To Use Turmeric For Pain Relief

turmeric for pain

 Sip some anti-inflammatory turmeric tea!

 Ingredients:

  • 32 oz boiling water
  • ½ Tbsp turmeric powder
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • One handful cilantro, chopped
  • One garlic clove, peeled and crushed
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Two lemons, juiced
  • Five peppercorns, whole
  • One orange, juiced (or substitute 1½ tbsp honey)

Now combine all ingredients in a strainer or teapot, strain, and enjoy!

12.    It Manages Your Diabetes

turmeric for diabetes

 

Research has found that curcumin helps treat certain aspects of both types of 1 and 2 diabetes.

Research from the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and McGill University reviewed multiple studies of curcumin's relationship with diabetes.

In many of these studies, curcumin was found to reduce blood sugar levels and improved insulin function. The cells in your body need sugar for energy, however, sugar cannot get into most of your cells directly.

Curcumin reduced insulin resistance by helping insulin get into cells.

In a study of 240 people located in Thailand, curcumin prevented prediabetes from progressing to diabetes.

Roughly 16 percent of the 116 people on the inactive treatment progressed to Type 2 diabetes within nine months.

However, the same was not found by the group who was receiving 250 milligrams of curcuminoids daily!

Additionally, studies have found that beta cells grow faster and live longer in rats who consumed curcumin.

How To Use Turmeric For Diabetes

The efficient method to use turmeric for diabetes is to consume it with bitter melon juice.

What you’ll need:

  • ½ teaspoon of turmeric
  • One medium sized finely chopped bitter gourd
  • 1-inch ginger
  • Amla or gooseberry
  • ¼ teaspoon rock salt

Blend all these ingredients with one glass of water in a mixer. Drink this juice when you wake up, preferably on an empty stomach!

13.    It Keeps Your Heart Young

turmeric for heart

We've all heard about coronary heart disease, where the blood vessels connected to the heart are damaged.  

However, ageing also gradually affects the heart and the entire cardiovascular system.

Over 200 studies have examined the therapeutic effectiveness of turmeric in various heart conditions.

These studies found that not only does turmeric protect the heart, but it also combats various metabolic conditions that could serve as a risk factor to the development of heart diseases - through ageing or other health conditions.

When reactive oxygen is produced in excess, it causes oxidative stress, leading to cardiovascular diseases. Curcumin scavenges those reactive oxygen species thereby preventing the progress of cardiovascular disease.

Curcumin is also cardioprotective (meaning it serves to protect your heart) in nature and is found to be beneficial in promoting heart repair in those who have suffered from a heart attack!

The anti-inflammatory effect of turmeric is beneficial in various heart conditions like myocarditis, cardiac fibrosis, cardiotoxicity etc. Additionally, turmeric protects the heart cells from rapamycin-induced toxicity.

How To Use Turmeric For Your Heart

Try this heart healthy meal:

turmeric for heart health recipe

Pistachio-Crusted Salmon

Pistachio nuts have high levels of antioxidants, good fats and plant sterols. While salmon is super-rich in omega-3 fatty acids. All these components can help keep your heart in tiptop shape.

What you need:

  • 3/4 c. quinoa
  • 4-6-ounce piecessalmon
  • 3/4 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 4 tbsp. nonfat greek yogurt
  • 1/4 c. whole-wheat panko
  • 1/4 c. unsalted shelled pistachios (finely chopped)
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 c. baby spinach
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice

 Directions:

  • Cook quinoa per package directions.
  • Brush 1 tablespoon nonfat Greek yogurt on salmon
  • Season salmon with 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • Mix whole-wheat panko and chopped pistachios with 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Sprinkle over fish, pressing gently to stick
  • Bake on a nonstick foil-lined rimmed baking sheet at 375°F for 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Fluff quinoa, then add baby spinach, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon oil, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper; toss to combine and serve with fish. 

14.    It Fights Off Pesky Wrinkles

turmeric for wrinkles

Yes, ageing is an inevitable process of life.

However, turmeric is known to provide many health benefits associated with ageing.

That’s because turmeric possesses various biological properties that can aid in dealing with signs of ageing.

For starters, turmeric is antibacterial and contains numerous antioxidants. The most common solution recommended by dermatologists is eating a diet rich in antioxidants.

Which we now know that curcumin has lots of!

How To Use Turmeric For Wrinkles

A DIY Turmeric Mask 

This mask is easy to make, and so versatile! Since turmeric is so beneficial for everyone, any skin type works for this mask.

What you need:

  • One teaspoon turmeric
  • One teaspoon oatmeal or oat flour for a gentle exfoliant effect
  • One tablespoon greek or coconut yogurt
  • One teaspoon of raw honey

Mix and apply to your face. Then leave for 15-30 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.

Tip: Remember: turmeric will stain fabric, so it’s best to wear an old shirt and dry off with a towel used specifically for this mask.

A quick warning. While turmeric is fantastic for everyone, you still want to be on the safe side. Test the mixture by leaving it on your arm for half an hour to make sure that you don't have any adverse effects. And when you do apply the mask to your face, avoid your eyes! :)

15.    It Relieves Your Arthritis

turmeric for arthritis

Arthritis is a painful disorder that affects the joints. We typically assume that only adults or the elderly get affected by arthritis, but that’s not true.

Arthritis also affects kids.

Children can get a kind of arthritis called juvenile idiopathic arthritisor JIA (juvenile rheumatoid arthritis)

In fact, 1 in every 250 kids in the US is affected by arthritis.

Unfortunately, the cause of Arthritis in children is unknown. For other types of Juvenile arthritis, it is suggested that certain food allergies, toxins, viruses, infections and a history involving any type of Arthritis can lead to the occurrence of Juvenile Arthritis.

Arthritis can limit and impair your daily activity. Around 31 percent of working adults affected with arthritis report that arthritis affects their work performance and general quality of life.

The primary symptoms of arthritis include pain, swelling, inflammation and stiffness. And as we know, turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory agent, and it contains multiple health benefits in managing arthritis.

The Health Benefits includes:

  • reducing inflammation
  • improving antioxidant status
  • anti-arthritic properties
  • natural painkiller
  • It outperforms conventional anti-arthritic medications
  • It protects bone tissue
  • It is therapeutic in autoimmune conditions 

How To Use Turmeric For Arthritis

If you want to relieve joint pain caused by arthritis, turmeric can be applied topically!

Do this by:

  • Mixing some turmeric powder in extra virgin olive or coconut oil to form a paste
  • Apply this paste to your joints and massage gently
  • Wash off with cooling water

You can try this paste 2-3 times a day. You should start noticing effects in 1-2 weeks. As always, conduct a patch test prior.

Tip: You can warm the paste before use.

16. It Prevents (and dare we say treats) Cancer

turmeric for cancer

Studies have shown that curcumin helps in the prevention of several forms of cancer including but not limited to, breast, lung, stomach, liver, and colon!

Again, this is because of turmeric's anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which stops the development of cancer by interfering with the cellular signalling aspects.

Research studies have found that curcumin is capable of:

  • Inhibiting COX-2, an enzyme that causes harmful inflammation
  • Impeding vascular epithelial growth (a polypeptide that stimulates new blood supply) to starve cancer cells of their oxygen and fuel source
  • Inducing the tumour suppressor gene
  • Stopping metastasis (spread from one organ to another) of cancer cells
  • Killing large cell B-cell lymphoma cells
  • Preventing regrowth of cancer stem cells

Based on a 2011 study conducted by the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, researchers found that the curcumin extract effectively differentiates between cancer cells and normal cells while activating cancer cell death (apoptosis).

While curcumin is not well absorbed in the blood, it is absorbed well into the colon lining, giving it a greater advantage against cancerous tissues in the colon.  

Curcumin can also help prevent prostate cancer due to its ability to intervene with the spread of cancer cells and inflammatory responses that are the precursors of cancer development.

But there's more!

Curcumin has shown promise in the prevention of cervical cancer, which is the number one leading cause of cancer death among women.

That’s because curcumin’s anti-inflammatory property blocks the factors that induce human papillomavirus and activates cancer cell death within the uterine lining. 

How To Use Turmeric For Cancer 

You can try taking turmeric capsules daily or enjoy this cancer-fighting turmeric tea!

This turmeric tea recipe combines the power of curcumin with other potent cancer-fighting spices. You can enjoy this tea hot or made cold as an iced turmeric tea latté.

Tip: Be sure to use only organic ingredients to receive the most anti-cancer benefits possible.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons turmeric powder
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon Ceylon or regular cinnamon
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Two pinches of ground cardamom
  • One teaspoon raw cold pressed coconut oil
  • 1 1⁄2 cups fresh coconut or almond milk or water
  • Dash of black pepper
  • Raw honey
  • A sprinkle of spices for garnish

Blend all ingredients in a blender on high-speed, then pour into a small pot and heat on low temperature until it simmers.

For an Iced Turmeric Tea Latté, allow to cool and then pour into a glass with ice cubes.

17.    It Boosts Your Immunity

turmeric for immunity

Immunity is your body's natural defence against disease. It's the holy grail of health.

A healthy diet, adequate sleep and exercise are all factors that strengthen your immune system, but there is something else you can take to boost your immunity.

Tumeric of course!

Curcumin's anti-inflammatory properties promote immunity. Period. Turmeric and turmeric compounds interact with the immune system as well as the other body systems at the biochemical level, in many beneficial ways.

Whatever the disease or condition, turmeric compounds work to stimulate or suppress production of proteins that directly or indirectly help bring your body processes back into balance.

How To Use Turmeric For Boosting Immunity

Boosting spicy turmeric super shot that’s how!

turmeric super shot

Ingredients: 

  • 1-2 knuckle ginger
  • One half lemon
  • One knuckle turmeric
  • One dash cayenne pepper

Now, gather all ingredients. Add everything into the juicer. Give it a good blend, and drink!

Tip: Use your thumb's width and length (to the knuckle) to determine where to break off the piece of ginger/turmeric for the recipe

That’s A Wrap! 

Turmeric may just be the closest thing there is to a magic capsule there is! These 17 proven health benefits are why we love turmeric, and undoubtedly why turmeric loves us.

There are still so many more health benefits of turmeric, but we would be here all day trying to get them down.  For now, we hope this article was helpful in giving you a better understanding of the life-changing health benefits that turmeric offers.

If you enjoyed this article and wanted to get your hands on your very own wonder cure, then check out our products at www.precisionnaturals.com. Our turmeric capsules are a complete game changer! They’re all natural and non-GMO, and they don’t contain any artificial color, flavor, or sweetener. There are also no preservatives, no sugar, no starch, no milk, no lactose, no soy, no gluten, no wheat, no yeast, no fish, no fillers, and are entirely sodium free! 

It doesn’t get better than that.

And just remember, with all great things, moderation is key.  Whether you’re taking turmeric powder or turmeric capsules, following proper guidelines will ensure you’re still keeping your body in balance while still getting all of turmeric’s wonderful benefits.

 


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