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Benefits of Turmeric And Its Side Effects

Turmeric is not just a quintessential spice in curries, but it has a plethora of health benefits too. Turmeric can be used to treat everything from liver problems to digestive ailments to even ringworm and itching. Curcumin, the main compound present in turmeric has excellent anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antioxidant properties. As a result, turmeric often rivals results produced by anti-inflammatory medicines, while its antiseptic properties make sure that it helps speed up wound and infection healing. The antioxidant properties of turmeric make it very useful for detoxifying the liver and for keeping bad cholesterol levels in check.

Benefits of Turmeric And Its Side Effects

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Turmeric
Nutritional Value of Turmeric
Health Benefits of Turmeric
Has anti-inflammatory properties
Prevention of cancer
Helps prevent arthritis
Improves digestion
Helps control diabetes
Boosts immune system
Detoxifies the liver
Promotes weight loss
Improves skin health
Helps in wound healing
Uses of Turmeric
Side-Effects & Allergies of Turmeric
Cultivation of Turmeric

Turmeric

Turmeric is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant. The turmeric spice comes from the turmeric plant. It is generally used in Asian cuisine to add flavor to dishes and curries, as well as in butters, mustard, and cheeses. Turmeric has been used for thousands of years in Asia, and is a major part of Ayurveda, Siddha medicine, Unani, and traditional Chinese medicine. Although typically used in its powdered and dry form, it is also often used fresh, like ginger.

Nutritional Value of Turmeric

Turmeric is an excellent source of potassium, Vitamin B6, and fiber as well as substantial amounts of magnesium and Vitamin C. Curcumin, the major component of the spice turmeric, has several noted therapeutic effects. Turmeric also contains health benefiting essential oils such as turmerone, zingiberene, cineole, and p-cymene. Turmeric does not contain any cholesterol, but it is rich in dietary fiber and antioxidants, which help control cholesterol levels. Turmeric contains high amounts of minerals such as calcium, iron, potassium, manganese, copper, zinc, and magnesium.

Health Benefits of Turmeric

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Turmeric
Health Benefits of Turmeric

Has anti-inflammatory properties

Curcumin, the main component in turmeric, has excellent anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, studies have found that it is so powerful that it is capable of matching the effectiveness of anti-inflammatory drugs. Curcumin targets multiple steps in the inflammatory pathway, at the molecular level. It blocks NF-kB, a molecule that travels into the nuclei of cells and turns on genes related to inflammation. Turmeric can thus help combat inflammation.

Prevention of cancer

Curcumin present in turmeric has been found to be very effective in interfering with cancer development in the body. It can also help boost the effects of chemotherapy. It has been noted that this cancer prevention ability of turmeric becomes even stronger when used in combination with freshly ground black pepper.

Helps prevent arthritis

Turmeric's anti-inflammatory properties have been instrumental in treating osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Turmeric also contains anti-oxidants which destroy the free radicals in the body that damage the cells and lead to arthritis. People suffering from arthritis are advised to take turmeric on a daily basis.

Improves digestion

Turmeric, if consumed raw when suffering from digestive problems, can be very effective in successfully treating them. The major components of the spice stimulate the gallbladder to produce bile, instantly making the digestive system more efficient. Turmeric has also been known to alleviate symptoms of gas and bloating.

Helps control diabetes

Turmeric is often used in the treatment of patients who have pre-diabetes to prevent or delay the onset of Type-2 diabetes. This is mainly due to the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds present in curcumin. Turmeric helps keep insulin levels in check and also boosts the effects of the medications used for treating diabetes.

Boosts immune system

Lipopolysaccharide is a substance present in turmeric which has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties which help stimulate the human immune system. Not only does it improve the functioning of the immune system, but it is also very helpful in treating colds and coughs.

Detoxifies the liver

Turmeric is capable of increasing the production of certain vital enzymes which detoxify the blood in the liver by breaking down and reducing the toxins. By improving blood circulation too, turmeric is instrumental in promoting good liver health.

Promotes weight loss

Turmeric helps accelerate the body’s metabolism rate, thus helping the body burn a greater amount if calories, leading to weight loss. Turmeric is also useful in reducing fat mass, which is important in diet-induced weight loss. Additionally, since the curcumin in turmeric lowers bad cholesterol levels, turmeric can act as the ideal weight-loss supplement.

Improves skin health

Turmeric keeps skin healthy in more ways than one. It helps reduce oil secretion by sebaceous glands, thus inhibiting the growth of pimple-causing bacteria. Long-term usage of turmeric on the skin can also clear scars caused by acne. The antioxidants present in curcumin have been known to fight signs of aging such as wrinkles and pigmentation by curbing the growth of free radicals.

Helps in wound healing

Turmeric has excellent antibacterial and antiseptic properties. This makes it extremely useful when used for the purpose of quick and efficient wound healing. Studies have found that turmeric is capable of healing wounds completely within a very short period of time.

Uses of Turmeric

Turmeric is used not only as a spice, but it also widely used in the treatment of certain ailments such as arthritis, joint pain gallbladder diseases and other kidney problems. Turmeric is often applied topically to the skin to treat pain, ringworm, bruising, infections and other inflammatory skin conditions. The essential oil of turmeric is used in the cosmetic industry as an ingredient in scented soaps and perfumes. In food and manufacturing, the resin obtained from turmeric is used as a flavor and color component in foods.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Turmeric

Turmeric is generally very safe and has no side effects when used optimally. People with turmeric sensitivity can have mild stomach upset or diarrhea. Turmeric usually does not cause significant side effects; however, some people can experience stomach upset, nausea, dizziness, or diarrhea.

Cultivation of Turmeric

Turmeric has been used in Asia for thousands of years and is a major part of Ayurveda, Siddha medicine, Unani, and traditional Chinese medicine. Turmeric has its origins in Southern India, and till date, this region continues as the world's largest producer of turmeric. India is the largest exporter of turmeric in the world, followed by Thailand, Latin America and Taiwan. Indian turmeric is considered the best in the world market because of its high curcumin content. Turmeric is a perennial plant, which means that it can be cultivated throughout the year. It requires temperatures ranging from 20 to 30 °C and a considerable amount of annual rainfall to thrive. Though turmeric thrives in different types of soil ranging from light black loam, red soils to clayey loams, rich loamy soils having natural drainage and irrigation facilities are the best. Turmeric cannot stand water stagnation or alkalinity.

Popular Questions & Answers

Is there any benefit of having hot turmeric water in the morning in an empty stomach?

PGDD, RD, Bachelor of Home Science
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Hye. Thankyou for the query. Firstly no food or remedy works in isolation. If your basic diet and lifestyle is not right then no food or remedy will give you full benefits. Although turmeric as our regional cooking style dictates is anyway a part of our diet and that is very good. You can add turmeric in milk, healthy snacks or in cooked foods and it will still benefit you but to see specific results you need to first work on your basic diet and improve lifestyle.
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How long time should take turmeric Milk and it can be drink any one in any condition.

MBBS
General Physician, Mumbai
Dear Lybrateuser, -Milk mixed with turmeric has many health benefits as turmeric acts as an antioxidant & reduces inflammation in the body thereby keeping the blood vessels & heart healthy, it is beneficial in chronic cough & cold as it boosts the immune system & increases the body resistance to various infections -daily you can take 2-3 cups for health benefit.

I am an athletic player and I am drinking little warm milk wid 1/2spoons of turmeric powder is it gud for me and tht to can you tl me the pros and cons.

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist,
Turmeric milk benefits Turmeric has been used as a spice in Indian recipes and as Ayurvedic medicine for many thousands of years. Turmeric offers many health benefits since it has both anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It is used to relieve swelling and pain due to headaches and wounds and is called ‘natural aspirin’ in Ayurvedic medicine. It also possesses anti-bacterial properties and when applied to small cuts and wounds, it can stem blood flow by aiding with blood clotting, prevents infections and heals wounds. Combined with milk, turmeric is used as a drink, lotion or even a face mask. This all natural cure for various ailments is safe to use. Milk we all know strengthens bones. Combined with turmeric it provides additional benefits to bone health. Now, this is very important for people with bone disorders such as arthritis. Turmeric is known to help people suffering from joint pains. Both milk and turmeric are anti-oxidants. Turmeric milk helps fights free radicals that damage skin and make it lose its glow and elasticity. Most of us know turmeric face masks and how they help skin but internal usage of turmeric (as milk or otherwise) can also help. One of the key benefits of turmeric milk to me personally has been during cough and cold. I prefer taking turmeric milk rather than any other medication for this. I have noticed that since the time I started taking it recurrence of cold / cough has decreased. This is firsthand account of how turmeric milk has benefited me! Turmeric milk can treat diarrhea and indigestion. For this, low fat milk must be used for high fat milk can aggravate diarrhea. Turmeric milk works as soothing mask or lotion to reduce redness of the skin or patches. Skin patches and its redness are common problems we all face and that can be effectively taken care using turmeric milk at home. Turmeric milk is also a great way for general body detox. Taking turmeric milk daily can help in blood purification and liver detox. Blood impurities can lead to sever health problems and turmeric milk is a great way to combat it. Turmeric is said to help those with Alzheimer’s disease by slowing its progress and lowers risk of various types of cancer. Okay, so there are so may benefits of turmeric milk. Let’s understand how to prepare it. It is very very simple!
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Popular Health Tips

Spices That Help In Weight Loss

B.Sc - Dietitics/Nutrition, Post Graduate Diploma In Dietetics & Public Health Nutrition, M.Sc Food & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Meerut
Spices That Help In Weight Loss

India is popular for its spicy food. The sheer number of whole and ground spices used in indian foods is sometimes intimidating. Each dish has its own combination of spices and its own unique flavor. The spices not just add flavor to your food but they also have many health benefits. Rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, many spices are good for your health. Some of the spices also improve your metabolic rate and help in losing weight. Here is a list of indian spices that help your body to burn more fat. So, spice up your dishes!
Cinnamon

According to a recent study, cinnamon may boost your metabolism. This sweet, fragrant spice also regulates your blood pressure. It lowers level of total cholesterol, bad cholesterol, triglyceride and blood sugar in type 2 diabetes patients. Cinnamon increases the metabolism of glucose by around 20 times. This spice will help you lose weight faster.


How to use?

You can prepare cinnamon, honey and lemon drink- boil a pinch of cinnamon in a cup of water. Sieve and add a tablespoon of honey and squeeze some lemon into it. 


1. Turmeric

The pungent, yellow spice is known for its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti-mutagenic, anti-carcinogenic and anti-fungal properties. It also helps you lose excess weight. The spice ups your body heat and this can result in improved metabolism.


How to use?

Use it in your curries, chicken and in milk to gain the health benefits of turmeric.


2. Ginger


The spicy ginger regulates your blood sugar levels and helps prevent an increase in the level of glucose. Like turmeric, ginger has thermogenic or fat-burning properties. You can add it to your stir-fried vegetables or tea or chicken. It improves the taste and helps you in weight loss.


How to use?

Prepare a jeera ginger drink.

Boil a tsp of jeera and some crushed ginger in a glass of water. Boil till it starts reducing, sieve it and drink after 30mins of lunch and dinner to ease digestion.


3. Black pepper

Black pepper has a pungent flavor, thanks to the presence of the substance known as piperine and this substance also prevent new fat cell formation. The bioavailability of other foods is also increased by black pepper. It makes the food not only tasty but also healthy.

If you eat fresh pepper, and begins to perspire, that’s the pepper helping your body to get rid of excess water and toxins, but you need to control consumption, a pinch with your food (one meal) is enough.


How to use?

4. Black pepper tea.

Easy to prepare and the best way to consume black pepper for weight loss.

You can use ginger, lemon, honey, tulsi, cinnamon, or green tea bags to prepare the tea. Use 1/2-1 tsp freshly ground black pepper and drink it before breakfast.

Regular consumption will not only help you in losing weight but also improve your skin and prevent gut problems.


Caution

Do not consume too much as it may cause gastrointestinal problems, burning sensation in eyes, stomach irritation. If you feel uneasy, stop use of black pepper immediately.


5. Garlic

Adding garlic to your diet will help you burn more fat and lose weight faster. Try to use fresh garlic instead of garlic powder or granules.

Here’s how it works

  • Garlic stimulates the satiety hormone which reduces binge eating, sugar cravings, junk food, and oily stuff.
  • It releases the norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter which boosts metabolism.
  • The allicin present in it lowers blood pressure, cholesterol and insulin levels.
  • Garlic inhibits the process breaking down stored fats.
  • It is a powerful detoxifier and effective diuretic.
  • It contains trace minerals (sulfur, selenium, magnesium, zinc, copper and iron), amino acids and vitamins a, c, and e.
  • It helps to dissolve blood clots that lead to heart stroke.
  • It has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
  • It helps to remove excess mucus from the body.

How to use?

  • Squeeze juice of 1 lemon in a cup of water.
  • Chew 3 garlic cloves followed by the lemon water.
  • Or add crush the garlic cloves, stir in the lemon water and drink.
  • Repeat the process every morning.

These spices will help you to shed those extra kilos but you also need to change your lifestyle to a healthier one and should have a healthy diet.

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Health Benefits Of Turmeric Milk!

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Health Benefits Of Turmeric Milk!

Turmeric when mixed with milk can be very beneficial for many health problems. Turmeric offers many health benefits since it has both anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. This is an effective remedy to fight environmental toxins and harmful microorganisms. Turmeric offers many health benefits since it has both anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.

Some amazing health benefits of this drink listed below: 

1. Respiratory problem

Turmeric milk is an antimicrobial that attacks bacterial infections and viral infections. It can effectively treat various respiratory problems like asthma, bronchitis, lung congestion and sinus. This healthy drink can easily treat bacterial infections and viral infections.

2. Anti-inflammatory

Turmeric milk is anti-inflammatory and can prevent and protect from arthritis and stomach ulcers. It is also known as ‘natural aspirin’ and can cure headaches, swelling, and pain. It is naturally antiseptic and disinfects wounds as soon as you apply. Turmeric stops the wound from bleeding, sprinkling, and pain. In short, it cures wounds very fast.

3. Cold and cough

Turmeric milk is considered the best remedy for cold and cough. It is loaded with antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that help battle infection as well as the symptoms of a cough or cold. It is especially effective against dry coughs.

4. Pains killer

Turmeric and milk give the best relief from aches and pains. This can also strengthen the spine and the joints in the body. Turmeric is a good source of calcium. It strengthens bones and provides sufficient calcium. Excellent to keep bones stronger and healthy.

5. Blood purifier

Turmeric milk is considered an excellent blood purifier and cleanser. It can revitalize and boost the blood circulation in the body. The presence of a wide range of vital nutrients in this milk boosts blood circulation. The antioxidants in turmeric also help in cleansing the lymphatic system, enhancing the purification process.

6. Liver detox

Turmeric milk is a natural liver detoxifier and blood purifier that boosts the liver function. It is also known as the natural liver detoxifier, helps to purify the blood, improve the function of the liver and cleanses the lymphatic system.

7. Skincare

Turmeric milk baths for the soft, supple, and glowing skin. Drinking turmeric milk in the morning and before going to bed will purify the blood and helps to glow skin. Applying turmeric face pack on skin keeps skin softer and glowing. It reduces skin redness and dry patches.

8. Insomnia

Warm turmeric milk produces an amino acid, tryptophan, that induces a peaceful sleep. Milk contains serotonin and melatonin, which are brain chemicals that play an important role in your sleep cycle. Turmeric reduces stress and relaxes your body.

9. Headaches

Turmeric is rich in antioxidants as well as several nutrients, so it works like a natural painkiller against headaches, especially those caused by congestion. This drink might help you to feel better and relaxed.

10. Menstrual cramps

Turmeric milk is very effective to ease menstrual cramps and pain. This is because it acts as a powerful antispasmodic agent easing menstrual pain and cramps naturally.

11. Weight loss

Turmeric helps to the breakdown of dietary fat, so it helps to control weight.

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Benefits of Turmeric!

MSc
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Lucknow
Benefits of Turmeric!

 Turmeric has been extensively used in Indian households for centuries now. It is used in almost every Indian dish. Most Indian recipes are incomplete without a pinch of turmeric. Turmeric is often used on wounds as well. But are we aware of the amazing health benefits that turmeric has? A pinch of turmeric in that we put in our food items has lots of benefits. Here are some benefits of this wonder ingredient:

1. Prevents cancer

Turmeric is useful in preventing cancer. It can destroy cancer cells and prevent the growth of existing cancer cells. It can prevent cancer because of a component it contains, called ‘curcumin’.

2. Anti-inflammatory

Turmeric also has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Curcumin controls inflammation. Therefore, turmeric is great in soothing burns because of its antiseptic properties.

3. Useful in treating arthritis

Anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric are great in treating arthritis. Therefore, consuming turmeric on a regular basis can prove to be good to patients suffering from arthritis.

4. Controls diabetes

Turmeric is also very useful in controlling diabetes. Turmeric helps to control diabetes since it helps in keeping moderate insulin levels. Turmeric is also effective in reducing insulin resistance, which can prevent type-2 diabetes. Turmeric is a diabetes food and diabetes cure.

5. Keeps weight n check:

Turmeric I also very useful in keeping your weight in check. It is one of the spices that aids in weight loss. Therefore, turmeric should be a part of your diet food plan for weight loss. Make turmeric a plan of your diet meal plan if you wish to lose weight. It also improves digestion, reduces gas and burning.

5. Great for skin

Owing to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is great for skin. It is very effective in treating acne. Adding turmeric with some lemon juice or rose water and applying it on face is a great remedy for treating acne.

 

  

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Benefits of Turmeric: Surabhi Jain

MSc
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Lucknow
Benefits of Turmeric: Surabhi Jain

 

Dr Surabhi Jain says that turmeric has been extensively used in Indian households for centuries now. It is used in almost every Indian dish. Most Indian recipes are incomplete without a pinch of turmeric. Dr Surabhi Jain says that turmeric is often used on wounds as well. But are we aware of the amazing health benefits that turmeric has? A pinch of turmeric in that we put in our food items has lots of benefits. Here are some benefits of this wonder ingredient:

1. Prevents cancer

Dr Surabhi Jain says that turmeric is useful in preventing cancer. It can destroy cancer cells and prevent the growth of existing cancer cells. It can prevent cancer because of a component it contains, called ‘curcumin’.

2. Anti-inflammatory

Dr Surabhi Jain says that turmeric also has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Curcumin controls inflammation. Therefore, turmeric is great in soothing burns because of its antiseptic properties.

3. Useful in treating arthritis

Dr Surabhi Jain says that the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric are great in treating arthritis. Therefore, consuming turmeric on a regular basis can prove to be good to patients suffering from arthritis.

4. Controls diabetes

Turmeric is also very useful in controlling diabetes, says Dr Surabhi Jain. Turmeric helps to control diabetes since it helps in keeping moderate insulin levels. Turmeric is also effective in reducing insulin resistance, which can prevent type-2 diabetes. Turmeric is a diabetes food and diabetes cure.

5. Keeps weight n check:

Dr Surabhi Jain says that turmeric I also very useful in keeping your weight in check. It is one of the spices that aids in weight loss. Therefore, turmeric should be a part of your diet food plan for weight loss. Make turmeric a plan of your diet meal plan if you wish to lose weight. It also improves digestion, reduces gas and burning.

5. Great for skin

Owing to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is great for skin. It is very effective in treating acne. Adding turmeric with some lemon juice or rose water and applying it on face is a great remedy for treating acne.

 

Turmeric (Haldi) - 4 Reasons Why It Is An Important Herb!

Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicines and Surgery(BAMS), Post Graduation Diploma in Emergency Medicines And Services(PGDEMS), MD - Alternate Medicine
Ayurveda, Ghaziabad
Turmeric (Haldi) - 4 Reasons Why It Is An Important Herb!

Turmeric is widely used in cooking spicy dishes all over the world. But there are several pieces of research, which prove the efficacy of turmeric or haldi in warding off ailments like dementia and reduce the risk of cancer to a great extent. Turmeric has the highest usage in countries like India and Sri Lanka followed by other parts of the planet.

As per the results of the World Alzheimer’s Report, it is found that only about 3.6 percent of South Asians aged above 60 suffer from dementia which is quite lower than 6.4 percent of people in Australia as well as 7.2 percent of people in Western Europe. In similar lines, the World Health Organisation says that the rate of cancer patients is lower in India in stark comparison to the higher rates of more developed countries. If an individual is looking for the benefits of turmeric, he would come across several reasons to add more turmeric to foods on a daily basis.

  1. Reduces the risk of cardiac problems: Curcumin present in turmeric can have a positive effect on people suffering from high cholesterol. Animal studies opine that it can considerably lower down cholesterol levels as well as prevent building up off LDL or bad cholesterol. Thus, it is a viable means of preventing plaque build-up which in turn may block the arteries and lead to strokes and cardiac arrests.
  2. Fights inflammatory diseases: The anti-inflammatory qualities of turmeric can work as a potential anti-inflammatory medication without causing any unwanted side effects. It is also helpful in treating minor nicks and cuts and it can be administered with warm milk to heal any kind of inflammatory disease inside the body. There has been a study which showed turmeric to be useful in treating pain and disability stemming from osteoarthritis. Turmeric is also found helpful in combatting seasonal flu and viral infections.
  3. Helps in digestion and supports weight loss: Turmeric stimulates the gall bladder which in turn produces bile. As bile helps in digestion of fat, health experts are of opinion that turmeric improves overall digestion and may also aid in controlling weight. It is useful in treating bloating and excessive gas formation caused by improper digestion.
  4. Helps in maintaining blood sugar levels: Turmeric plays a crucial role in improving glucose control as well as controlling activities of insulin. It has the potential to bring about a drop in blood sugar levels. So, an individual with high blood sugar should add optimum amounts of turmeric in diet along with diabetes medication to help in reducing the blood sugar levels. But it is important to monitor the sugar levels continually to avoid conditions like hypoglycemia which is characterised by sugar levels dropping lower than required.

In addition to all these, there is a clear indication that turmeric helps in cancer prevention, reducing breast cancer, skin, and pancreatic problems along with multiple myelomas and juvenile leukemia. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an Ayurveda.

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Table of Content

Turmeric
Nutritional Value of Turmeric
Health Benefits of Turmeric
Has anti-inflammatory properties
Prevention of cancer
Helps prevent arthritis
Improves digestion
Helps control diabetes
Boosts immune system
Detoxifies the liver
Promotes weight loss
Improves skin health
Helps in wound healing
Uses of Turmeric
Side-Effects & Allergies of Turmeric
Cultivation of Turmeric