Most South Asian dishes are laced with a savory, golden- yellow spice called Turmeric. Growing up in an Indian family, I invariably found myself using it. It was commonly incorporated in my diet but I also used as a beauty product. The spice is known to contain many medicinal properties. Turmeric’s active ingredient Curcumin, is the component that provides the benefits. I have listed some major advantages of the spice but there are many more.
Although Turmeric is best used as a culinary component, it is best absorbed by the body when ingested as a supplement. The potency of the spice is still under research so the exact dosage has not been confirmed. Doctors suggest that the amount taken should be dependent on the severity of the types of disease.
Curcumin directly affects the balance monoamines (serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline) and glutamate in the brain.
Reduces Cardiovascular disease
Curcumin prevents homocysteine levels from getting too high which would increase the risk of blood vessel damage and buildup.
Curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties that prevent the growth of various types of cancer cells by hindering particular aspects of cell signaling.
Curcumin has amazing pain- relieve properties that can reduce the symptoms and even increase improvement when combines with pain medication.
Curcumin’s antioxidant characteristic can reverse the damage done to the blood vessels by the disease. One of the most commonly found complications that occur during Diabetes is blindness. Thus, incorporating Turmeric can postpone the development of it.
Shield against Brain Damage
Curcumin can effortlessly cross the blood- brain barrier and protect brain cells by increasing blood flow into the region. The increase of blood also results in improved concentration and memory.
The technique I was taught to use Turmeric to fight skin problems was to mix approximately one teaspoon of it with water until it was a thick consistency. I researched other ways people were using it and they added other ingredients to it depending on skin type and problem. I have listed below other potential masks!
Normal/ Combination skin- Turmeric, Milk, Flour, & Honey
Dry Skin- Turmeric, Yogurt, Honey, & Coconut Oil
Acne prone skin- Turmeric, Chickpea Flour, Almond Oil, Lemon Juice, & Honey
Curcumin’s antioxidant properties reduces hyper-pigmentation in the skin by removing unnecessary melatonin.
Curcumin cleanses the skin by relieving bacteria and reducing inflammation.