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The Benefits of Consuming Turmeric

Turmeric is a substance that has for ages been used by the Indians as both a spice as well as for medicinal purposes. It is a powder that gives curry its yellow color and this meal is readily available so it us not by any chance a new substance. It is however likely that many people have no idea how useful turmeric powder is beside its use as a spice. Indians say they have known for long that this powder has medicinal functions and they have utilized it for this reason. In this article, some medicinal uses of turmeric powder have been discussed for the benefit of the many that may not have this information.

One of the most pronounced benefits of turmeric use is its anti-inflammatory characteristic. Inflammation is an important immune response that the body employs in prevention of bacterial infections among others. Longer periods of inflammation are no longer to the body’s benefit but leads to significant damage of body tissues as an effect of stretching that occurs in the process. The anti-inflammatory effect of the powder is mediated by curcumin which is a chemical compound contained in little amounts in the powder. Consumption of this powder will therefore reduce the risk of harmful inflammation to its consumers.

The chemical component of turmeric powder called curcumin is also useful in the body for its antioxidant effect. In body processes of metabolism, reactive species of oxygen are released and these compounds are very harmful to our tissues. The reactive oxygen species are dealt with by the body through specific mechanisms in attempt to remove the risk that the radicals bring. Intake of turmeric powder provides curcumin that has antioxidant properties that work in conjugation with the body’s own system to eliminate the radicals that would otherwise cause damage. Among others is the effect of radicals to damage DNA and therefore expose the individual to risks of mutations that are often undesired. The effects of the radicals are less likely to manifest with intake of turmeric powder.

Turmeric powder through curcumin is able to affect the endothelia of blood vessels to reduce the risk of getting heart diseases. It is important to note that heart diseases are a leading cause of death, curcumin by working through the blood vessels maintains their integrity to prevent heart malfunction. Apart from its action on the endothelia of blood vessels, the anti-inflammatory effect of curcumin also aids in prevention of heart diseases. There are yet more other benefits of turmeric powder and this is a good reason why we should use it more often.

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