Turmeric is a plant of the ginger family, whose roots are used in cooking and is what gives curry its yellow color. It is the major constituent curcumin that has been shown to have many health benefits.
Fun fact: Also known as haridra, turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years and still today it is one of the most well-known, highly researched and commonly used Ayurvedic spices in the world.
Turmeric has been shown to have the following health benefits:
- Curcumin is strongly anti-inflammatory, matching the effects of some anti-inflammatory drugs, without the side effects.
- Curcumin is a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals responsible for aging and many diseases.
- Curcumin increases levels of BDNF, which is a type of growth hormone that functions in your brain. There is reason to believe it increases intelligence and reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s and depression.
- Curcumin has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack and can be beneficial when treating cancer.