Turmeric the wonder spice has been part of our kitchen forever (that is putting it mildly) but we have woken up to its dynamic properties only recently.
Turmeric which comes from the Curcuma Longa plant is found in abundance in India and the Southeast Asian countries. The dried roots are turned into the vibrant yellow powder and used in our curries.
Turmeric is rich in curcuminoids and the active substance Curcumin, which is what makes Turmeric the “functional food”, meaning it falls in the category of foods that have a potentially positive effect on health, beyond providing basic nutrition.
The best part about Turmeric is that it is 100% safe and that is something one cannot say about any medication.
What Makes It The Most Powerful Super Food?
- It fights inflammation
The most powerful aspect of Curcumin is its ability to control and check inflammation and since inflammation is at the root of most diseases, which makes curcumin a precious ingredient.
The anti-inflammatory property of Curcumin is so powerful that it can even reverse the ‘existing amyloid pathology and associated neurotoxicity’ which is a key progression in the neurological disease Alzheimer’s, related to inflammation.
The anti-inflammatory property of Curcumin acts synergistically against signs of inflammation thus blocking the myriad of signals in disease formation.
The anti-inflammatory action of Curcumin not only acts on COX enzymes to check inflammation but also on the LOX and multiple pathways.
Curcumin suppresses the response of the body to TNF(tumor necrosis factor)a chemical produced by the immunity system which is responsible for inflammation.
- Is the best thing for Arthritis
The powerful anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing action work miracles in the case of people suffering from arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. There is enough scientific evidence to support this claim:
A study was conducted on 45 rheumatoid arthritis patients to compare the benefits of curcumin in turmeric to the arthritis drug diclofenac sodium (an NSAID), which put people at risk of developing leaky gut and heart disease.
The study split these volunteers into three groups: curcumin treatment alone, diclofenac sodium alone, and a combination of the two. The results of the trial were eye-opening:
The curcumin group showed the highest percentage of improvement in overall [Disease Activity Score] scores and these scores were significantly better than the patients in the diclofenac sodium group. More importantly, curcumin treatment was found to be safe and did not relate with any adverse events. Our study provides the first evidence for the safety and superiority of curcumin treatment in patients with active RA, and highlights the need for future large-scale trials to validate these findings in patients with RA and other arthritic conditions.
Published by Phytotherapy Research in 2012, the results of this study have encouraged more human research to evaluate the amazing effects curcumin-rich plants like turmeric have on people suffering from various different types of arthritis.
- Curcumin inhibits the action of Xanthine oxidase (enzyme involved in uric acid formation) thus controlling the formation of uric acid which is one of the reasons of inflammation and joint pain.
- The anti-oxidant action of Curcumin lowers the uric acid levels thus inhibiting the onset of osteoarthritis.
- Curcumin also protects the bones from any erosion and degeneration brought on by arthritis and also prevents thickening of synovial fluids responsible for lubricating the joints.
Curcumin also prevents the progression of osteoarthritis by preventing loss of bone tissue.
- Is A Potent Weapon Against Certain Cancers
Curcumin in Turmeric helps the body fight cancer naturally( breast cancer, colon cancer, and skin cancer). Curcumin also has the ability to help with chemotherapy resistance. Curcumin has anti-carcinogenic properties making it a powerful weapon against cancer. Its protective ability protects the body from any damage brought on by radiation.
A clinical trial using curcumin as a chemopreventive agent, in patients with high-risk or premalignant lesions including arsenic Bowen’s disease of the skin, urinary bladder cancer, uterine cervical intraepithelial neoplasm, intestinal metaplasia of the stomach, and oral leucoplakia, demonstrated the nontoxic nature of curcumin even at higher doses.
- Reduces Depression Symptoms
Curcumin is probably the best anti-depressant nature has given us and this property helps to keep depression in check. Curcumin has the ability to impact neurotransmitter function through the brain-derived neurotropic factor (BDNF)
The anti-depressant property of Curcumin relieves stress, anxiety, and depression helping soothe the nerves thus combating one of the causes of neurological disorders.
- Slows Or Prevents Blood Clot
Blood clots can lead to many problems like blockage of arteries and other serious conditions, Curcumin modifies an internal process known as eicosanoid biosynthesis. Eicosanoids have 4 different molecules that form part of inflammation and curcumin can inhibit the action of thromboxanes, one of the eicosanoid and this is what gives it a powerful anti-inflammatory mechanism.
It also has blood-thinning effect ensuring smooth flow of blood through our body.
- Helps Manage Diabetes
The anti-oxidant property of Curcumin prevents this oxidative stress, scavenges ROS, and keeps the sugar level under control by increasing the secretion of anti-oxidant enzymes.
Curcumin is a natural anti-hyperglycemic which helps lower blood sugar levels, balance blood glucose, and insulin level in diabetes.
Curcumin has a powerful anti-diabetogenesis effect which not only helps prevent diabetes but also has the ability to reverse it in some cases.
Curcumin also helps improve heart health and protects it from any diabetes-induced cardiovascular complications.
Curcumin helps inhibits the production of glucose by the liver, thus checking the blood sugar levels.
Curcumin helps in the regeneration of pancreatic cells which is highly beneficial in type 1 diabetes.
- Keeps You In Shape
Curcumin stimulates cells to make new mitochondria which act on the stomach for each cell to break down nutrients, which translate to more fat being broken down (read weight loss).
The potent anti-oxidant property of Curcumin kills free radicals thus preventing inflammation in fat cells, which in turn aids weight loss.
The anti-inflammatory property of Curcumin suppresses inflammatory messaging in many cells like pancreatic, fat, and muscle cells. This action in turn curbs insulin resistance, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and other metabolic conditions related to obesity.
- Keeps Your Stomach Healthy
Turmeric owing to the wonderful properties of Curcumin keeps problems like Irritable bowel syndrome and Ulcerative colitis at bay.
Curcumin can act on the stomach-brain axis and regulate the levels of serotonin which is a neurotransmitter, this helps in better functioning of the nervous signals to the brain from the intestine thus proving beneficial in controlling IBS symptoms.
Curcumin provides relief from painful stomach cramps as it is one of the best know anti-spasmodic. What curcumin does is, that it reduces the frequency of muscle activity thus soothing the muscles.
As stress and depression are considered triggers for IBS, Curcumin acts as a deterrent for cortisol secretion.
In simple words, curcumin reduces the secretion of stress hormones and by helping in serotonin secretion, it checks stress and acts as an anti-depressant. Due to this function, it alleviates depression and symptoms of IBS related to mood swings.
It also prevents inflammation of the gastric as well as intestinal wall thus proving to be an effective treatment for checking IBS symptoms of bloating and excessive gas.
Curcumin also helps check and control food allergies (which are considered to be the main causes of IBS).
The response of the immune system leads to sensitivity in the gastrointestinal tract leading to Irritable bowel syndrome. If one were to eliminate all the food items one is allergic to it would lead to reduced intake of nutrients which is certainly not a feasible option.
The best way would be to combat these allergies and curcumin provides that olive branch as it helps strengthen the immune system. Once the immune system is strong individuals suffering from IBS can lead a healthier life as they can include more nutrients in their diet.
The anti-inflammatory qualities of Curcumin help in reducing the inflammation of the intestinal lining, reducing ulcers in the colon, and even modulates the immune system pathways.
Essential oils and Curcumin present in Turmeric have unique gastro-protective property making it a potent weapon against ulcerative colitis.
Curcumin regulates the immune system thus preventing stomach disorders and also strengthening the immunity system.
- Best Detox Ever
- Curcumin enhances the production of LDL receptors, thus enabling the process of clearing more cholesterol from the body.
- Curcumin helps flush out toxins from the body and protects the liver from damage and harm from these toxins.
- Curcumin enhances bile production, thus helping fight the ill-effects of excessive alcohol.
- As it is enriched with the wonder organism Curcumin, which is a potent detoxifying agent, it will destroy the toxins and ensure that your liver is in perfect working condition.
- Curcumin is also a potent anti-oxidant, which checks the free radical thus reducing oxidative stress.
- Curcumin’s anti-oxidant property gives a boost to the immune system thus making it an ally to ensure that your immune system is always fighting fit for any eventuality.
Curcumin Works, As It Does All These For You:
- Supports a healthy immune system
- Reduces harmful and negative effects of stress
- Supports natural digestion
- Checks the growth of free radicals
- Check the growth of bacteria, viruses, and parasites
- Supports normal and natural detoxification process
- Keeps Your Skin Glowing, Young & Healthy
Curcumin also has anti-ageing properties that keep your skin supple and youthful.
The anti-oxidant property of curcumin does the work of cleansing the skin making it work better and thus regulating melanin production.
Curcumin lightens the skin by inhibiting the functioning of melanin (synthesis pigment). This ability helps in checking pigmentation and dark circles.
Curcumin also helps in lightening pigmentation and tanning.
The anti-septic and anti-bacterial property of curcumin helps in reducing and checking pigmentation and tanning.
DNA repair property
Anti-cancer and chemoprotective property.
The anti-oxidant property of Curcumin increases the level of anti-oxidant enzymes to protect the skin from damage.
The nanoparticles of Curcumin in Selfieme-10X give photo-protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays.
The anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant action of Curcumin potentiates its activity as a photo-protective agent.
Curcumin reduces the harmful effect of UV rays on the skin
Laboratory studies have confirmed that curcumin possesses antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anticancer activities regarding its effect on skin health. It is a potent modulator of phase II detoxification enzymes which are essential for normal detoxification processes to occur in the body, and for protection against oxidative stress. Because curcumin is non-toxic, it is valuable and can be used as a chemopreventive agent. Curcumin is also chemoprotective and that it is able to help prevent diseases and cancers of the skin, and has been used to treat problematic skin conditions including psoriasis, vitilago, melanoma as well as to heal and regenerate various other types of skin wounds.
Aside from treating skin conditions, this traditional medicine has been used for treating pain disorders, digestive diseases, menstrual difficulties, sprains, wounds, and liver disorders.
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