By Owen Denning
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is known as a ‘miracle herb’, due to all the benefits that comes with it. Its bioactive ingredients found in this herb are pleiotropic in nature – the same molecule can bind to a variety of enzymes and other molecular targets in the body.
The Benefits of Turmeric:
- It has anti-inflammatory agent
The main reason turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. One of the main compounds in turmeric, curcumin acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, it inhibits the activity of nuclear factor kappa B- the master protein that regulates inflammatory process.
- It is a natural painkiller
Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties contribute to its pain killer properties. It helps with inflammatory chemicals like prostaglandins and interleukins which reduce pain. This painkiller property is known to help with post-surgical pain and burn injuries.
- It is a potent antioxidant
Turmeric has something called curcuminoids which are strong in antioxidants. Similar to Vitamin C and E. As antioxidants they function in 3 ways:
- Reduce oxidative stress or imbalance between prooxidant and antioxidant species in the body
- Raise the level of antioxidant enzymes
- Scavenge free radical species that cause oxidative damage.
- It protects DNA from damage
Turmeric protects cellular DNA from damage due to their genoprotective properties. When the cell is cancerous turmeric induces DNA damage and sensitizes cells to chemotherapeutic agents, however with normal cells due to its antioxidant property, aqueous turmeric extract offers 80% protection from DNA damage.
- It helps in heavy metal detoxification
Turmeric has the ability to bind to metal and remove them from the body (chelating property) and due to its antioxidant property, it can help with the treatment of heavy metal poisoning.
- Turmeric speeds up post-operative recovery
Turmeric’s anti-microbial and immune boosting properties help safe guard from infections. Turmeric is quick to help in healing scars due to its healing properties, turmeric also combats post-operative fatigue and pain.
- It improves digestion and stomach health
Turmeric aids in digestion and protects from digestive disorders. Turmeric is also found to protect the digestive tract from bacterial infections due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
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