Tumeric: Guide to 9 Substantial Benefits of Tumeric
Tumeric, or curcuma longa, is a perennial rhizomatous plant in the ginger family. It is native to southern Asia. It is gathered for its rhizomes, or thick subterranean stem. These stems, or rhizomes, are either replanted or processed into a spice or supplement that has numerous healthy benefits.
As a spice, tumeric rhizomes are boiled for up to 45 minutes before being dried in an oven. After drying, it is ground into yellow-orange powder.
As a herb, or dietary supplement, tumeric has been used for thousands of years. It is a major staple in Siddha medicine. In Ayurvedic medicine, tumeric is used to fight throat infections, colds, indigestion, and liver issues. It is also used to treat sores and cleanse wounds.
Tumeric has often been referred to as one of the most potent and important herbs on the planet. Over 6,000 peer-reviewed studies have been published on the health and healing benefits of tumeric.
One common thread that can be found when performing a meta-analysis of these studies is that tumeric often yields similar benefits to many common prescription medications. In fact, more than a few studies exist that reveal tumeric to be more potent than certain pharmaceuticals.
When digging into the research, we find that tumeric may have the potential to outperform prescription medications used for the following common ailments: 
- Pain – Pain killers
- Cancer – Chemotherapy
- Depression (Prozac)
- Cholesterol (Lipitor)
- Bowel inflammation
- Diabetes (Metformin)
- Anti-coagulants (Aspirin)
9 Tumeric Benefits
#1 – Tumeric May Boost Mood
A study in the Journal of Affective Disorders revealed that tumeric may work to improve and balance mood. 
Over the course of 8 weeks, two groups were analyzed. One group received a placebo, while the second group was given curcumin (the primary tumeric ingredient) each day. At the end of the 8 week period, those supplementing with tumeric had noticeably higher test scores analyzing levels of anxiety and depression.
#2 – Tumeric and the Healing of Wounds
Tumeric may work to increase the rate at which wounds heal.  This includes the reduction of swelling, redness, and oxidation.
A study featured in a 2006 issue of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry found that rats being treated with tumeric experienced increase rates of collagen synthesis, an improvement in wound contraction, and heightened tissue strength. 
#3 – Tumeric and Pains, Aches and Discomfort
A 4 week study analyzing osteoarthritic knee pain found that tumeric provided discomfort equal to that of ibuprofen. It also revealed that tumeric provided superior relief from joint stiffness. 
It should be noted that of the 2 groups, the ibuprofen group received the upper required daily limit. So, tumeric yielded similar benefits to ingesting the maximum recommended daily amount of ibuprofen.
#4 – Tumeric and Blood Sugar
The Journal of Endocrinology treated human Islet cells and B-cell lines with tumeric. These are the insulin producing cells found in the pancreas.
Findings revealed that tumeric yielded a number of potential positive benefits in the battle against diabetes and the regulation of blood sugar. 
#5 – Tumeric and Irritated, Inflammed Tissue
Several studies have found that tumeric is effective at regulating and buffering excessive tissue irritation. 
A 2007 issue of Advances of Experimental Medicine found that tumeric likely sooths irritation and inflammation through inhibition of enzymes including nitric oxide synthase (NOS), cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), and lipoxygenase (LOX). These enzymes ate noteworthy because of their ability to impact the inflammation process.
#6 – Tumeric and Joint Stiffness
A study published in 2012 tested the impact of tumeric on joint stiffness and discomfort. the first group used tumeric supplementation while the second received the medication diclofenac sodium.
Results were assessed via score sheets. Findings revealed that diclofenac sodium was inferior to tumeric, on every tested aspect. 
#7 – Tumeric and Cholesterol
Several prominent studies show that tumeric is an excellent tool in the battle against high cholesterol. Individuals supplementing with tumeric showed an improvement not only in cholesterol levels, but their lipid panels also improved. 
A 2011 study published in Phytotherapy Research compared 3 groups. The first group was given a low dose of tumeric, the second a high does, and the third was given only vitamin E.
Statistically significant results were found after a mere seven days. A low dose of tumeric was the winner. It was able to reduce triglycerides by 47% and serum cholesterol levels by 17%. 
#8 – Tumeric and Ulcers
Eastern cultures have used tumeric to treat digestive issues for a very long time. Researchers decided to test its true effectiveness. They studied tumeric’s impact on preventing stomach ulcers.
Findings revealed that tumeric reduced ulcer formation in the stomach by a whopping 85%. 
#9 – Tumeric as an Antioxidant
Tumeric functions as a potent antioxidant. It is able to neutralize free radicals because of its chemical structure. 
But wait… There’s more. Tumeric is also able to bolster the body’s own antioxidant enzymes. 
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