Turmeric is a spice that has been used in India for centuries to flavour food, and as a medicinal herb to heal inflammation, wounds, and many other ailments. You can drink it as a tea, flavour your scrambled eggs, make a mask, treat a wound and even take a turmeric shot (find the recipe in our blog called “The Perfect Turmeric Shot”). It contains a phytochemical called curcumin which has a lot of benefits for both external and internal use. It is great for your skin, cooking, healing and a lot more.
Here are 5 reasons why you should introduce turmeric into your life…
- Anti-inflammatory properties: When used on the skin it helps reduce redness and swelling as well as rids skin of free radical bacteria which can be found on the face. When digested internally, turmeric reduces internal inflammation which can include issues like headaches and migraines. When ingested, it helps remove toxins from the bloodstream and over time helps prevent further internal inflammation. FUN FACT: My mom used to make a turmeric paste with mustard oil, water and turmeric root powder and apply to my knees when I was learning how to ride a bike (clearly scraped my knees one too many times!)
- Helps reduce hyperpigmentation and scarring : It has natural lightening properties, so when used on dark spots, undereye circles and scars, it helps them fade leaving you with a brighter complexation. The antioxidant and antifungal properties from the curcumin will fade blemishes and scars as well as exfoliate dead skin cells. You can add in a few drops of lemon juice to strengthen the lightening properties of the turmeric. You can use the two to create a paste and apply it on your entire face or dark spots and blemishes.
- Linked to improved brain function and a lower risk of brain diseases – the bottom line is that the active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin boosts levels of the brain hormone BDNF, which increases the growth of new neurons and fights various degenerative processes in the brain. Studies show that people who consume about 25 mg of turmeric on a regular basis have a significantly lower chance of getting degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia
- Lowers risk of heart disease– curcumin, the active ingredient, curcumin, improves the function of the endothelium, which is the lining of the blood vessels as well as reduces inflammation and oxidation. Research shows that curcumin’s antioxidant properties protect from obesity-induced cardiac surgery, cardiotoxicity, atherosclerosis and many other heart conditions. Curcumin is cardioprotective in nature and has benefits for the heart as well as connected organs like the lungs
- Reduces depression– curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric impacts the neurotransmitter function through the production of brain hormones. Curcumin helps balance serotonin and dopamine, which are the chemicals in your brain that produce and induce the emotions of joy and happiness