Turmeric is a brignt yellow aromatic spice used frequently in chinese medicine and Indian cuisine. The first time I came across turmeric was about four years ago which was also about the same time I began my health and wellbeing journey. I had no idea what turmeric was but being a naturally curious person I went online and had an extensive read about the origin of turmeric and its health benefits and i was sold.
Personally, I consume my turmeric with black pepper for ease of absorption because black pepper has been said to increase the bioavailability of turmeric. This means that if black pepper is consumed with turmeric the body will absorb the curcumin content which is the most active element in turmeric. Naturlally, turmeric has a low level of bioavailability which means that most of the turmeric (curcumin) ingested gets metabolized before it is absorbed by the body.
Now, lets get into the benefits of turmeric consumption.
Turmeric has an anti-inflammatory property which makes it a strong and common pain reliever. Turmeric has long been used in different parts of the world to relieve pain especially amongst people suffering from arthritis and other forms of chronic pain. I have been using turmeric as a pain reliever for more than four years now and it has never let me down. I have also introduced turmeric to a close family member who suffers from intense pain during her time of the month. Overall, taking natural and herbal medicines has always worked best for me as opposed to pharmaceutical alternatives because I like to know what I am ingesting and feeding my body.
Increases antioxidant level in the body
Turmeric is one of nature’s top food with a high level of antioxidant. It contains the flavanoid type of antioxidant called curcumin. The purpose of antioxidants is to protect the cells in the human body against oxidative stress caused by free radicals in the body. Antioxidants protect the body from diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, alzheimer’s. Every antioxidant works together harmoniously where each one has a unique characteristic. Thus, regular intake of turmeric and having a healthy lifestyle can increase the level of antioxidant in the body.
Aids indegestion and heartburn
Ingestion of curcumin when having digestive problems or stomach issues can help alleviate the discomfort. Curcumin helps stimulate the production of bile which in turn aids digestion and relieves heartburn. Turmeric can also help with bloating , gas and symtoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Reduces wrinkles and fine lines
Just as turmeric is an excellent spice, it also has great benefits for the skin too when applied as a face mask. I keep my face mask recipe simple by mixing turmeric powder with water and then applying it on my face. I usually leave the mask on for 20 minutes before washing it off. Applying turmeric face mask leaves my face feeling as smooth as a baby’s buttom. Turmeric contains properties that contribute to a natutal glow, it also helps reduce acne scaring,breakouts, wrinkles and fine lines.
Fights flu and cold symptoms
The combination of turmeric and black pepper works greatly in combating flu and cold symptoms. I have used turmeric tea to treat nasal congestion, sore throat, runny nose and it has always worked for me. To make this tea, I simply add a tablespoon of turmeric powder with half a teaspoon of black pepper and ginger to boiling water with a squeeze of lemon. I usually consume this tea for about 2 to three days depending on how severe or mild the symptoms are.