Medical News Today carries an informative article by Megan Ware on “Turmeric: Health Benefits, Nutritional Information”. It provides a nutritional breakdown of turmeric and in-depth look at its health benefits.
Turmeric is widely used in South Asia in many ways: right from cooking daily food to preparing organic skin care formulations. Many organic beauty products made by Herbally Radiant in US contain turmeric, together with other complementing natural ingredients, to bring out the most skin-friendly treatment for the users.
According to USDA Nutrient Database, one teaspoon turmeric powder contains 29 calories, 0.9 grams of protein, 0.3 grams of fat and 6.3 grams of carb (including 2 grams of fiber and 0.3 grams of sugar). That same 1 tablespoon serving provides 26% of your daily manganese needs, 16% of iron, 5% of potassium and 3% of vitamin C.
Turmeric, also known as curcuma longa, comes from a perennial plant of ginger family, native to India. Its roots are boiled, dried and then ground into deep orange-yellow powder. Use of turmeric has been recommended in ancient Indian system of health care Ayurveda to treat multiple health issues, especially inflammatory conditions, skin diseases, wounds, digestive ailments and liver condition.
By stimulating the gallbladder to produce bile, turmeric helps improve digestion. It lowers the levels of two enzymes in the body that cause inflammation. It is very effective in inflammatory bowel diseases. It has been shown to prevent blood platelets from clumping together, leading to decreased risk of blood clot formation. Many studies suggest that it helps prevent build-up of plaque in arteries.
Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties benefit cardiovascular health, help reduce body weight, lower triglyceride synthesis, increase basal metabolic rate, increase fatty acid oxidation and improve insulin sensitivity.
Turmeric is also available as a supplement in powder-containing capsules, fluid extract and tincture. Bromelain, a protein extract derived from pineapples, increases the absorption and effects of turmeric, so it is often combined with turmeric in these products.
Topical application of curcumin has immense benefits. With its rich antioxidants, healing and anti-inflammatory properties, cosmetologists find curcumin a powerful ingredient. It provides powerful germicidal treatment and skin softening remedy, brightening it and reducing visible signs of aging and appearance of over-pigmentation. In combination with lemon, it makes excellent pre-bath gel that helps gentle cleansing of skin, while keeping it moist. It does so by forming a screen between the skin and the dehydrating effects of soap and water washing.
Turmeric-based face masks are immensely helpful in healing any skin damage, and in regenerating damaged cells. The Turmeric & Clay Mask of Herbally Radiant that also contains minerals of Kaolin and Bentonite clays, is therefore a great favorite with many customers.