The spice turmeric, also known as "Indian saffron", has a very long history of medicinal use. The health industry is beginning to recognize its importance.
Main benefits of this spice are:
IMMUNITY BOOSTER – managing good health is more than avoiding germs and a strong immune system helps to fend off viruses. Turmeric contains curcumin, this compound increases the level of immunity-boosting proteins. These proteins are a natural way to fight both bacteria and viruses
ANTI-INFlAMMATORY – without inflammation, pathogens like bacteria could be dangerous for our bodies. While acute inflammation is beneficial, chronic inflammation is a major problem. Curcumin can inhibit the molecules known to cause inflammation.
PROMOTES DIGESTIVE HEALTH/UPSET STOMACH – Because curcumin is an anti-inflammatory, it is able to keep stomach acid from getting out of control and will also soothe heartburn. It has been known to be a quick and effective cure for an upset stomach, but taking too much can actually cause an upset stomach, so testing your tolerance level for the right dosage is important.
REGULATES METABOLISM AND WEIGHT MANAGEMENT – The therapeutic properties of turmeric have received more attention in recent years for its potential in contributing to weight loss. Thermogenesis occurs when the central nervous system triggers the burning of fat to maintain the body’s temperature. One study found that curcumin consumption decreased levels of insulin resistance which is linked to fat gain – decreased insulin issues is associated with healthy fat loss. The spice in turmeric helps increase the rate that thermogenesis occurs, thus lowers fats in the blood stream reducing weight gain.