A popular spice in Asian and Oriental cuisine, turmeric (Curcuma longa) has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that boost immunity, fight inflammation and prevent free radical damage.
Curcuminoids, the active ingredient in turmeric, contains powerful neuroprotective and immunomodulatory properties that regulate the functioning of the immune system. (1,2)
A study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that turmeric helps improve the mood.(3) Curcumin present in turmeric speeds up the wound-healing process by reducing redness and swelling.(4)
Turmeric improves the rate of collagen synthesis (protein that binds connective tissues together), thus increasing tissue strength and enhancing the growth of cells around the wound. Its antioxidant properties further facilitate the healing process.(5) Other studies also reveal turmeric’s ability to reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and raise HDL (good) cholesterol levels.(6,7)
Turmeric For Arthritis
Turmeric is an age-old herbal remedy for rheumatoid arthritis. In a study published in Phytotherapy Research, turmeric provided better joint pain relief than diclofenac sodium (a commonly prescribed pain reliever). (8,9)
Another study, published in the Journal of Clinical Interventions in Aging, found that turmeric reduced knee osteoarthritis pain and reduced joint stiffness. Additionally, turmeric has fewer side effects than NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).(10)
How To Take It
1. Add ½tsp turmeric to a glass of warm milk and drink it twice a day for relief.
2. Alternatively, you can take 500mg of turmeric supplements twice daily. Buy them here.
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