The deep yellow hue of turmeric comes from the curcumin in it which is also the source of a variety of healing properties.
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. Studies have shown that curcumin has great anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps prevent brain and heart disease, tackle depression, prevent and reduce the spread of certain cancers and suppress pain from inflammation.
The biggest benefit of Curcumin is that it helps prevent and reduce chronic inflammation. Inflammation is important because it helps the body fight against disease as well as helps in repairing damage.
However where short term inflammation is useful for the body, chronic and long term inflammation are the leading cause of a host of diseases in the western world. These range from heart diseases, cancer, Alzheimers and arthritis to mention a few.
Curcumin has been found to be a strong anti-inflammatory and helps fight inflammation at the molecular level.
It helps neutralize free radicals, which are chemicals that can cause a huge amount of damage to healthy cells. It has thus found to have properties equivalent to pharmaceutical drugs but without the side effects!
It is hence found to be effective treatment for gut health especially for those suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
It has helps reduce pain and stiffness for those suffering from Joint diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis.
It can also help prevent Heart disease as it prevents the oxidation of cholesterol in the body, thus preventing the development of plaque in the arteries which causes heart attacks and strokes. Studies have found that the curcumin in turmeric can help reduce the rate of lung, breast, colon and prostrate cancer cells as well as prevent the growth of cancerous tumours. Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties also help the liver to function better with its detoxification process.