Facts and Health Benefits of Turmeric Infographic
Not everyone is familiar with turmeric, though this spice can be found in almost every American household. It is a spice from the turmeric plant and is usually used in Asian cuisine. It provides a warm, bitter taste. Turmeric powder has a fluorescent yellow color.
It is often called the Indian saffron. It is also given the nickname of “the golden spice of India.” All these references to the country is no surprise, since turmeric is produced mainly in India.
Turmeric contains quite a lot of nutrients, mainly manganese, dietary fiber, iron, vitamin B6, copper, and potassium. Aside from that, it also contains folate, choline, betaine, niacin, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, and vitamins C, E, and K. However, it has 0 percent cholesterol.
All these nutrients and minerals combined provide a lot of health benefits for the body. Here are a few of them.
For one, turmeric has been known to fight against cancer, specifically prostate cancer. Prostate cancer occurs when there is malignant cell growth in the prostate. Turmeric and its extract, curcumin, contains anticancer properties that can stop the spread and growth of cancerous cells.
Another use of turmeric is to combat osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is basically the wear and tear of cartilages. Since turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties, then it is a great help to those who are inflicted with this. These properties help curb the production of inflammatory cytokines in osteoarthritis, prevent the cartilage degradation, and suppress chondrocytes’ metabolic activity. As an added bonus, turmeric can also act as a natural painkiller.
Turmeric can also help with diabetes. It can lower elevated blood sugar in diabetics. It can also repair and regenerate pancreas cells and can even reverse prediabetes. Lastly, it can also help with other complications caused by diabetes, such as retinopathy, microangiopathy, bone health, diabetes gastroparesis, fatty liver disease, and metabolic syndrome.
There are numerous ways to take in turmeric. You can use it in tea, juices or smoothies, as a face mask, added in soups, salads, and other food, etc.
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