Benefits and Side-effects of Turmeric You Should Know
Turmeric is an ancient root traditionally used by Indians and Chinese for its healing properties for centuries. Often referred to as the “Queen of Spices”, its main characteristics are a pepper-like aroma, sharp taste and golden color. It is used extensively in India and Asia to impart yellow color to the curries. The spice is also used as a natural dyeing agent for cloths. It contains a yellow-colored chemical called curcumin which has many healthy benefits.
Here are some of the ways turmeric can benefit your body:
1. Chronic inflammation and pain: Curcumin found in turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative agent that helps in reducing chronic inflammation and pain.
2. Skin and aging: Turmeric has healing properties for skin. The antibacterial property helps to reduce blemishes and acne. It also improves texture of the skin. Since it is anti-inflammatory it reduces redness or other skin irritations. Turmeric may help in the treatment of psoriasis.
3. Rheumatoid Arthritis: Due to its high anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is very effective in helping people with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
4. Alzheimer’s disease: Curcumin has been shown to cross the blood-brain barrier. Because of its anti-inflammatory and oxidative properties it plays a role in prevention of Alzheimer’s diseases. One key feature of Alzheimer’s disease is a build-up of protein tangles called Amyloid plaques. Studies show that curcumin can help clear these plaques.
5. Brain Health and Memory: Turmeric helps brain to improve the uptake of oxygen, which helps in all the brain’s functions and processes. It also increases memory function.so, by healing the basic function of the brain; one can heal other mental illnesses.
6. Cancer: Recent studies have shown curcumin’s ability to inhibit cancer cell growth, boost antioxidant level and immune system, and kill cancer cells.
Possible side effects of turmeric
Turmeric is generally safe in individuals of all age groups, side effects may occur when taken in excess.
1. Some individuals may develop nausea, vomiting, gastric upset or diarrhea with high intake.
2. Ointments and lotions which contain turmeric may lead to skin allergy, rash and burning sensation in some individuals.
3. It is recommended to avoid turmeric if you have problems with your gallbladder. If you have gallstones or a bile duct obstruction, turmeric may cause your condition to worsen.
4. Turmeric increases the secretion of gastric acid and thus should be avoided in known patients of dyspepsia and gastro-esophageal reflux disease.