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Turmeric itself is a spice originating from Asia. This spice is often used as one of the favorite ingredients in everyday cooking.
Turmeric has also been used for a long time as a product of Ayurvedic medicine. It is believed that turmeric is rubbed on the wound to fight infection.
Until now, various studies have tried to prove the various benefits of turmeric. Here’s launch Healthline.
1. Turmeric is medicinal
Several studies have found that turmeric contains compounds with medicinal properties or what is commonly called curcumin.
Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric. This compound has anti-inflammatory effects and is a strong antioxidant agent.
However, the curcumin content in turmeric is not very high. Curcumin only makes up about 3 percent of turmeric.
2. Turmeric is anti-inflammatory
Inflammation can be a big problem when it becomes chronic and attacks body tissues in an inappropriate manner. Scientists believe that it is inflammation that causes various chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, and various degenerative conditions.
With its anti-inflammatory properties, curcumin in turmeric can be a solution to prevent or treat inflammation in the body. Curcumin can fight inflammation without side effects.
3. Turmeric as an antioxidant agent
Oxidative damage is believed to be one of the causes of various chronic diseases. Exposure to free radicals is the cause.
Antioxidant agents are very beneficial because they protect the body from exposure to free radicals. Curcumin in turmeric is an antioxidant agent that is able to neutralize free radicals because of its chemical structure.
Apart from that, curcumin also increases the activity of antioxidant enzymes in your own body.
4. Reducing the risk of brain disease
A variety of brain disorders have been linked to decreased levels of neurotropic hormones, including depression and Alzheimer’s disease. Curcumin can increase neurotropic hormone levels.
Regularly consuming curcumin is thought to be effective in preventing various disorders related to decreased brain function.
Illustration. Its medicinal compounds make turmeric save many health benefits. (Istockphoto / DavorLovincic)
5. Reducing the risk of heart disease
Curcumin is known to reduce the risk of heart disease. Curcumin is beneficial by improving the function of the endothelium or lining of blood vessels.
Endothelial dysfunction is one of the main causes of heart disease. Endothelial that does not function properly also makes blood pressure uncontrolled, the risk of blood clots, and others.
Several studies have shown that curcumin can improve endothelial function. One study found that curcumin consumption was as effective as moderate-intensity exercise.
Apart from that, curcumin also reduces inflammation, which also plays a role in heart disease.
6. Prevent cancer
Curcumin has been studied as a useful ingredient in cancer treatment and has been shown to influence the development and spread of cancer cells at the molecular level.
Research has shown that curcumin intake contributes to cancer cell death and reduces angiogenesis (growth of new blood vessels in tumors) and metastasis.
Evidence shows that curcumin can prevent cancer, especially cancers of the digestive system such as colorectal cancer.
7. Prevent and overcome Alzheimer’s
To date, there is no best treatment for Alzheimer’s. Therefore, preventing it is more important than cure. Curcumin can be one way of prevention.
It is known that inflammation and oxidative damage play a role in Alzheimer’s disease. With its anti-inflation and antioxidant properties, curcumin can help prevent Alzheimer’s.
In addition, the main characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease is the buildup of a protein called amyloid plaque. Studies show that curcumin can help clear these plaques.
8. Overcoming arthritis
Many cases of arthritis involve inflammation of the joints. With its anti-inflammatory properties, curcumin can help treat inflammation in arthritis patients.
In a study in people with rheumatoid arthritis, curcumin was found to be even more effective than anti-inflammatory drugs.
9. Fight depression
Curcumin is also known to help treat people with depression. A small study found curcumin consumption to be as effective as antidepressants.
A controlled trial was conducted on 60 people with depression. They were divided into three groups. The first group received antidepressant intake, the second group received one gram of curcumin daily, and the third group received antidepressant and curcumin intake.
After six weeks, curcumin was found to provide the same improvements as antidepressant drugs in people with depression. The group that received curcumin and antidepressants had better results.