Turmeric Benefits (Los Beneficios de la Cúrcuma)

Turmeric Benefits (Los Beneficios de la Cúrcuma)

Back in 2017, Pablo Sánchez, a Physical Education teacher, researched and wrote about the benefits of turmeric and now, it came to my mind since it was highly recommended by some acquaintances who have found it useful for their health. This herb, known as one of the stars of alternative medicine and which is very fashionable today, offers many benefits that are worth mentioning.

The benefits of turmeric have been known by some civilizations for thousands of years. It is believed that it originates in India and Southeast Asia; although, it is now grown in many other hot and humid regions worldwide.

History has recorded for more than four thousand years, that gastronomy has involved this herb in fine dishes as well as medicine has used it to treat various diseases. Modern medicine backs up believes from India that indicate that the main ingredient of turmeric (curcumin) has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is also a very powerful antioxidant.

Sanchez found that consumption of turmeric may increase brain levels of the hormone BDNF (a member of the neurotrophins family that plays an important role in various aspects of adult brain development); therefore, it can be effective in slowing down the progression of certain brain diseases including Alzheimer.

Another benefit of turmeric, mentioned by Sanchez, would be that it can help us reverse many steps in the process of heart disease accompanied by an adequate program of physical activity. When it comes to the heart, turmeric appears to improve endothelium function and it is as effective as some drugs designed for this function.

Researchers have studied turmeric in depth as a beneficial herb in treating cancer. Studies have shown that it can reduce the growth of new blood vessels in tumors, metastasis (spread of cancer), as well as to contribute to the death of cancer cells.

Some other studies have shown that curcumin can prevent cancer cells from growing as well as to inhibit the growth of certain tumors in animals.

Arthritis is a common pathology in Western countries. Since curcumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory, it could help with arthritis and would be another of the benefits of turmeric.  

Furthermore, Sanchez found that curcumin has shown certain positive effects in treating depression and that a 2014 study mentions that curcumin is as effective as taking an antidepressant such as Prozac.

Sanchez’ conclusion indicates that if curcumin, the main ingredient of turmeric, can help prevent heart disease, cancer and even Alzheimer’s … then it has a direct relationship in terms of beneficial effects on longevity. For this reason, turmeric has become very popular as an anti-aging supplement.

On everyday use, turmeric can be consumed in small portions mixed with warm milk and sugar/honey, with rice, in desserts, with fruit, milkshakes or even in stews. Mexican diet should include more of this beneficial herb in its dishes. Now, we know that it can help in some ways to make us feel better and fight some diseases.

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