Turmeric, a relative of ginger, is one of the healthiest spices that can add flavor as well as color to your home-cooked dishes. It has been used as a treatment for almost anything, from ringworm to liver problems, even depression. It has been used in folk medicine since ancient times.
Today, it is still widely used as an alternative form of medicine. It is even more popular now than ever, with more and more studies being conducted to provide proof of its benefits. Also, turmeric supplements are more available in the market nowadays, making it easy for anyone to purchase it and try it and see its many benefits. In this article, we will look at some of the many advantages we can get from turmeric.
#1. Curcumin Fights Cancer
The studies in humans may still be very limited. However, with lab and animal studies, the results of curcumin, an active ingredient of turmeric, in fighting against cancer is looking promising. As the study found out, curcumin has the power to interfere with important molecular pathways that are involved in the development, growth and spread of cancer. This is good news for those who are currently fighting cancer.
This study was conducted by the American Cancer Society. They said that even at this early stage, curcumin is a huge factor in killing cancer cells in lab settings as well as shrinking tumors. It also boosts the effects of animal chemotherapy. This is also great news for veterinary medicine.
#2. Turmeric Protects the Brain
Ar-turmerone or Aromatic turmerone has not yet been studied as well compared to curcumin. However, it plays a big part when it comes to the many benefits of turmeric. There was a recent study where researchers found out that ar-turmerone can promote the repair of stem cells in the brain.
The study looked at the effect of ar-turmerone in lab rats for a certain stem cell that can also be found in the brains of adults. These stem cells are important when it comes to the recovery from diseases such as Alzheimer’s and stroke, as well as other neurodegenerative diseases. Ar-turmerone has the potential to provide medication for the treatments of these diseases in the near future. There was even a 2008 review that suggests that curcumin can improve the overall memory in patients with Alzheimer’s.
#3. Treats Joint Pain
Curcumin has been known to have anti-inflammatory powers. However, the exact pathways on how this work is still not yet understood completely. What we know is that it has an effect in relieving the pain from joint pains. With that knowledge, there have been plenty of studies that led to examining the effects of turmeric among people with arthritis or joint pain. A promising result is that the turmeric extract supplements almost had the same results as those of ibuprofen in people with knee osteoarthritis.
Currently, the FDA does not have any regulations with dietary supplements the same way it does with food or other medication. Therefore, not every supplement is equal. Another thing is that there are supplements, including those that are made from turmeric that may have an effect when it interacts with other medications. That’s why it is important to consult with your doctor before adding turmeric supplement to your diet so as to prevent any bad effects.
So far, turmeric does not have serious side-effects on its own. That’s why it is a preferred option for many people. However, always remember to talk to your doctor first before taking any supplements. It is best that your doctor is aware what you are taking other than the usual medications.
Author Bio: Emma Williams is an avid traveler. She has spent many years traveling the globe. Emma has learned so much from her trips including the many cultures, traditions, healing practices, and alternative medicine. She loves to write about the lessons she’s learned and share it with everyone. Follow her on Twitter @abulaevenue