Aids Health Foundation

Fast Facts About Turmeric

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By-Karima A. Kendall, PhD, LDN, RDN

Have you ever wondered about all the buzzing around Turmeric? Turns out the golden spice of India is chock of health benefits.

Anti-inflammatory Agent

Turmeric contains curcumin, which is known for its anti-inflammatory activity. For this reason, consuming turmeric is often suggested as a treatment for pain associated with arthritis, muscle pain or gout.  It has also used as a tummy soothing agent, particularly for those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.  Lastly, turmeric is also used to treat most symptoms associated with menstruation, such as cramping and bloating.

Cardiovascular health

Due to its curcumin and Vitamin B6 content, turmeric is ideal for a range of issues related to the heart and cardiovascular health.  Curcumin helps to rid your arteries and blood vessels of excess low-density lipoprotein, also known as LDL or “bad cholesterol”.  This helps to balance cholesterol levels, and reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, the hardening or narrowing of the arteries.  Vitamin B6 inhibits homocysteine, a blood protein that has been associated with damage to the arteries. 

Cognitive Ability and
Mental Health

Modern research has validated what traditional medicine considers to be turmeric’s “brain boosting” ability. In addition to improvement in one’s general cognitive ability, the herb has been linked to increased concentration and memory retention. Given its antioxidant content, turmeric is said to stimulate neural activity and prevent cognitive degradations, which is characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Fnally, given the effect of curcumin on the reduction of symptoms in those with depression, anxiety or mood disorders, turmeric is seen as a great alternative to pharmaceutical treatments.

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