Curcuma longa, also known as Turmeric is a very common herb and is often referred to as the “Queen of Spices”. This is true because its main characteristics are a pepper-like aroma, sharp taste and golden color. In fact, people from corner to corner of the globe use this herb in their cooking. And according to the Journal of the American Chemical Society, turmeric contains an ample range of antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also loaded with many healthy nutrients such as protein, dietary fiber, niacin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc. Having stated, these are some of its benefits.
First, turmeric is for cancer patients because it can help prevent prostate cancer, stop the growth of existing prostate cancer and even destroy cancer cells. Numerous researchers have established proofs that the active components in turmeric makes it one of the best protectors against radiation-induced tumors. It also has a preventive effect against tumor cells such as T-cell leukemia, colon carcinomas and breast carcinomas.
For inflammation. turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties which are great for treating both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Moreover, turmeric’s antioxidant property, our favorite, destroys free radicals in the body that harm and damage body cells. It also has been found that those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis who consume turmeric on a regular basis experience much relief from the moderate to mild joint pains as well as joint inflammation.
Another benefit of turmeric is that it can be used in the treatment of diabetes by helping to moderate insulin levels. It also improves glucose control and increases the effect of medications used to treat diabetes. Another major benefit is turmeric’s efficiency in helping diminish insulin resistance, which may put off the onset of Type-2 diabetes. Nevertheless, when combined with strong medications, turmeric can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
Before doing these tips, it is best to consult a healthcare professional before taking turmeric capsules. But the plant itself is helpful!
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