The Many Benefits of Turmeric

The Many Benefits of Turmeric

The many benefits of using Turmeric

The health benefits of turmeric is in the active ingredient called curcumin. curcumin compound gives turmeric its therapeutic benefits, its yellow color, and its pungent flavor. More specifically, curcumin harbors antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, stomach-soothing, and liver-and heart-protecting effects.

Among the many health benefits of turmeric, is that it harbors antiplatelet activity. The herb reduces the ability of the blood to form clots and, as such, this action may improve circulation as well as offer some protection against heart attacks and strokes.

Some of the many major benefits of Turmeric

  1. If you suffer from digestive problems this may be the herb for you. It helps digest fats by stimulating the flow of bile. No wonder it was used traditionally as a digestive aid.
  2. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.
  3. When combined with cauliflower,  has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.
  4. It Prevents breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice.
  5. It May prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide.
  6. It Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.
  7. It is a natural liver detoxifier.
  8. It may prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.
  9. It is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.
  10. It aids in fat metabolism and helps in weight management.

Side effects of  using Turmeric

In general, turmeric is considered safe even at higher doses. However, it does have some limitations.

  1. It should be used with caution by people with gallstones, stomach ulcers, or bile duct obstruction as turmeric may exacerbate these conditions.
  2. It can be a uterine stimulant, so pregnant women should consult with a doctor before taking turmeric during pregnancy.
  3. People with serious liver or heart conditions should also consult with a doctor before taking turmeric supplements.

Will it help me to lose weight?

What is new is that the spice is getting some attention from serious medical researchers at prestigious institutions such as Columbia University in New York. In one recent study, Columbia researchers discovered that mice which consumed quantities of turmeric had reduced incidence of diabetes, weren’t as prone to weight gain, and even had fewer liver problems than the control group.


Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India. She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows. She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore. Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

5 Replies to “The Many Benefits of Turmeric”


    Turmeric is called as Nature’s ” Yellow gold”.

    Turmeric or Haldi as it is popularly called is not just a condiment or a flavouring agent or a spice. It is one of nature’s most potent healers, with some researchers saying that it can cure a host of diseases, including Cancer.


    It will be news to readers to know that, leading scientists in the west, taking a cue from the Vedas and the Upanishads – treasurehouse of them being India -have been doing extensive research on the therapeutical importance of this miracle spice found in india and also in Indonesia

    Medical researchers at the U.S National Institute of Health are said to be currently conducting studies to investigate the special qualities of this spice -to fight a host of diseases. And research is revealing far more serious restorative qualiities of this yellow spice. Studies – though inconclusive yet – are indicating that Turmeric may help patients with Alzheimer’s disease, liver disorders, arthritis and even cancer !!

    Curcumin, the compound that gives it that distinctive yellow colour, is said to prevent cancer and also help restrict its spread in those, who are already afflicted by it. Turmeric is believed to be particularly useful for women with breast cancer as it curbs it from spreading to other parts of the body.

    Western scientists have been showing great interest in this spice. Some years ago two Indian scientists in America claimed they have developed a new medicinal use for Haldi powder. However, the Indian government contested their claim and finally proved that such knowledge already existed in ancient Hindu scriptures. In the light of this evidence , the U.S. Patent and Trade Office struck down the patent.


    In case one is still not convinced about the benefits of this wonderful yellow coloured spice called “Yellow Gold”, here is even a better news item for them which I saw just now.

    ………..”Turmeric may play key role in reducing weight among Obese people !!! Haldi,as it is called in vernacular language, inadvertantly helps in weight loss since it is known to DETOXIFY THE LIVER. A clean liver secretes bile, which helps in the breaking down of dietary fat. This prevents deposit of fats in the body and the ultimate resultant WEIGHT LOSS. Give a try. Go ahead and take a spoonful of the miracle spice powder daily”……..!!!. ..

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    Here is a news item on Turmeric Root reproduced from a journal for the benifit of the readers.,which is self explanatory.

    The toxin terminator ! This popular spice has been traditionally used to help remove dangerous toxins from the liver and stimulate the production of bile. According to the book, Herb Bible, turmeric can also help reduce liver inflammation

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