While monitoring the latest research on herbs and organic elements, we read Huffington Post and Medical News Today confirming the benefits of turmeric found in many tests. We at Herbally Radiant use curcumin, the main compound in turmeric, in herbal beauty formulations.
A 2012 study examined one perk of curcumin in particular: the ability of the extract to prevent heart attacks among bypass patients. The same study noted that curcumin capsules were found to delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes. Lab and animal studies have shown promising effects of curcumin in the fight against various kinds of cancer as it “interferes with molecular pathways involved in cancer development, growth and spread,” according to the American Cancer Society.
Scientific journal MNT also had an informative article by Megan Ware on “Turmeric: Health Benefits, Nutritional Information”, providing a nutritional breakdown of turmeric and in-depth look at its health benefits. Citing USDA Nutrient Database, it said 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. 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 & 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. Very effective in inflammatory bowel diseases, it has been shown to prevent blood platelets from clumping together, (reducing blood clotting). Many studies suggest that it helps prevent build-up of plaque in arteries as well.
Its anti-inflammatory properties help improve cardiovascular health, reduce body weight, lower triglyceride synthesis, increase basal metabolic rate, increase fatty acid oxidation and improve insulin sensitivity.
A caution here: The FDA doesn’t regulate dietary supplements the same way it regulates food or conventional medication, so not every supplement is created equal. Also, certain supplements, including those made from turmeric, can interact with other medications. So people should be cautious about taking turmeric supplements, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Topical application of curcumin has immense benefits. With its rich antioxidants, healing and anti-inflammatory properties, cosmetologists find curcumin a powerful ingredient. It provides effective 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 just great in healing and regenerating damaged cells. The Turmeric & Clay Mask of Herbally Radiant, containing turmeric with Kaolin and Bentonite clays, has been a great favorite with regular customers.