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Health Benefits of Turmeric

By Dian Brannen, 9:00 am on

Turmeric is a warm, bitter tasting spice derived from the turmeric plant known for its wealth of health benefits. Here are just a few reasons to amp up your loved one’s turmeric intake, presented by Lehigh Valley Home Care Assistance.

Fights Anti-inflammatory Conditions

Turmeric contains an anti-inflammatory substance called curcumin. Various medical studies indicate that curcumin works like hydrocortisone, phenylbutazone or Motrin drugs in fighting inflammatory conditions. However, unlike these drugs, which may result in intestinal bleeding, low levels of white blood cells and ulcers, curcumin is non-toxic in nature. Besides curcumin, turmeric has volatile oil, which also contains anti-inflammatory properties. Some of the inflammatory conditions preventable or treatable by turmeric include arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.

Prevents the Growth of Cancerous Cells

The curcumin in turmeric aids in the prevention of various forms of cancer, including prostate cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer and lung cancer, by inhibiting the formation of genes responsible to tumor formation. A 2005 publication study in Biochemical Pharmacology supports this claim.

Keeps the Walls of the Blood Vessels Healthy

Curcumin contains antioxidant properties that help blood vessel walls healthy by preventing cholesterol oxidation. This antioxidant ability inhibits diabetic heart disease and atherosclerosis, which are conditions related to damaged blood vessels. Additionally, turmeric contains vitamin B6, a nutrient that reduces the amount of homocysteine, a substance that damages blood vessel walls in the body.

Reduces Chances of Developing Heart disease

Turmeric’s curcumin reduces the risks of heart disease by ensuring that the blood vessel lining functions efficiently. A healthy blood vessel lining, or endothelium, ensures proper regulation of factors such as blood pressure and clotting, which are crucial in preventing heart disease.

Reduces the Risk of Brain Diseases

Curcumin reduces the chances of brain diseases by increasing the level of the brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which is a brain growth hormone. When the level of this hormone drops below normal, an individual is likely to suffer from brain conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and depression.

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