Curcuma longa (Tumeric) is a main spice that gives curry it’s yellow color, and in most Indian dishes, in the Hausa Land it is mainly used for skin care, they call it “kurkur or kurkum” . It happens to be very cheap here, yet it is the most powerful herb in fighting disease, which only few people recognise.
Why is Tumeric essential?
In brief, Tumeric is high in tumerone and curcumin, where curcumin is proven to be the most powerful cancer fighting compound, has anti-inflammatory effects and is avery strong antioxidant. While tumerone has an anti-convulsive property, also incredible for joint pain and repair, then it also aids digestion.
In fact, a number of studies have even reported that using curcumin is more advantageous than certain prescription drugs.
Now let’s take a tour through some of the benefits of tumeric to our health, for beauty care and sharing some hacks:
1. Let’s start with the popular one, Tumeric for skin care: Tumeric has an anti inflammatory and antioxidant properties where it had been proven to cure certain skin condition.
Tumeric helps speeding up wound healing, calming the pores to decrease acne and blacheads (writing from experience), can be use to archive a glowing skin.
You can apply tumeric by making a paste, mixed either with milk, honey or anything facemask recipe, for amazing results, wish I can share my favourite tumeric face mask😋.
This is the most amazing thing I find interesting about Tumeric: it can be used for teeth whitening.
2. Helps in diabetic management:
Biochemistry and Biophysical Research Communications published a study out of Auburn University that explored how supplementing with turmeric can help reverse diabetes.
The study discovered that curcumin in turmeric is literally 400 times more potent than Metformin (a common diabetes drug) in activating AMPK which improves insulin sensitivity which can help reverse Type 2 Diabetes.
3. Cancer treatment:
Turmeric works incredibly well to help naturally treat cancer and is especially effective at treating breast cancer, colon cancer and skin cancer. It may also help with chemotherapy resistance in patients with PDAC.
And many more benefits such as:
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
- Antidepressants (Prozac)
- ChemotherapyAnticoagulants (Aspirin)
- Pain killers
- Arthritis medications
- Inflammatory bowel disease drugs
- Cholesterol drugs (Lipitor)
- joint pain
- stomach pain
- Crohn’s disease
- ulcerative colitis,
- bypass surgery
And I promise you the list can go on and on..
Side effects of Tumeric
Turmeric usually does not cause significant side effects; however, some people can experience stomach upset, rashes, nausea, dizziness, or diarrhea.
High doses of curcumin may cause mild side effects in some people, while it has no side effects for other people, but they are generally considered safe. The long-term effects of taking curcumin in humans are unknown.
Please seek Advice from a medical practitioner, for advices in other not to face any of the side effect.