1. Relieve the pain of arthritis.
Research has shown that turmeric may be even better for fighting the pain of arthritis than drugs, thanks to its active compound, curcumin. A 2012 study published in Phytotherapy Research, found that it was more effective for alleviating rheumatoid arthritis symptoms in particular, including swelling and tenderness of joints than a common RA medication. The beneficial effects may be due to turmeric’s potent anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants which work to reduce inflammation as well as neutralize harmful free radicals. In this study, the patients who were treated with curcumin exhibited the highest percentage of improvement overall, compared to those that received conventional treatments. The experts concluded that curcumin was not only more effective in relieving RA symptoms, but that there were no side effects experienced either.
2. Treat a cough.
Many people reach for cough medicines to treat a cough, but those come with a multitude of potential side effects, including some that are rather serious – and, they may not even do much for relieving that cough either. So, you could end up suffering from dizziness, nausea or vomiting, drowsiness or even worse, and still be coughing too. Instead, harness the powers of turmeric. It’s not only an anti-inflammatory agent, it possesses strong antibacterial and antiviral action that can treat infections and a cough. It helps to relieve chest congestion that often develops in those who have a chronic cough by getting rid of phlegm.
One of the best recipes for a turmeric cough treatment we’ve seen is this one. The honey not only adds a touch of sweetness, but it also soothes the throat by coating it and acting as a cough suppressant. The anti-inflammatory gingerols and shaogals in ginger root can relieve a sore throat, while the peppercorns can fight bacterial infections.
3. A natural antidepressant.
Turmeric may be one of the best natural antidepressants there is. While pharmaceuticals come with scary side effects that can even include suicide, studies have shown turmeric may be just as effective without the serious downside. The active compound in turmeric known as curcumin offers strong antioxidant action that has the ability to fight off free radicals that cause oxidative stress which can lead to depression. It can also help modulate neurotransmitters in the brain – these compounds are vital for proper brain functioning, and when there is a low level of the neurotransmitters serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine in the brain, scientists say that depression can result. Cooking with your homegrown turmeric as often as you can, may, therefore, help lower your risk of depression or even be effective for treating symptoms too.
4. Support heart health.
Curcumin has also been shown to offer characteristics that can support the cardiovascular system and lower cholesterol. This compound is so powerfully rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, that hundreds of studies have found that it protects and improves the health of every organ in the body, including the heart. It helps to prevent oxidation and the resulting chronic, low-grade inflammation that’s been shown to be a root cause of many modern diseases, including heart disease and stroke.
5. Eczema relief.
Turmeric doesn’t just decrease inflammation on the inside, it can help when applied directly to the skin. It’s been known to relieve the itching and reduce the inflammation associated with eczema. Simply mix some turmeric with a little coconut oil, almond oil or olive oil, and then apply it onto affected areas. Allow it to sit for about 15 minutes before rinsing.
6. Give your smoothie a super boost of nutrition.
You can add an inch or two of raw fresh turmeric to your favorite smoothie and you won’t even taste it, but you will get all of those powerful nutrients. Just keep in mind that it may change its normal color since it has such a strong yellow pigment. To increase absorption, be sure to add some healthy fat too, like coconut oilor half of an avocado.
7. Make a turmeric tea to support overall health.
It’s super easy to make this tea, and by sipping it you’ll be drinking to your good health. All you have to do is bring a cup of water to a boil and then stir in about a quarter teaspoon of grated turmeric. Allow the mixture to simmer for 10 minutes, and then strain just before drinking. If you want to add a little flavor, mix in a teaspoon or fresh lemon juice or raw honey. How about an iced version for the hotter months, get the recipe here.
8. Add turmeric to brighten up boring dishes.
Thanks to turmeric’s brilliant golden hue, you can use it to spice up, and brighten boring dishes like mashed potatoes, plain basmati rice, quinoa or even eggs. Just stir a dash in – while it doesn’t add a lot of flavor, it does add lots of nutrition and it helps change things up a bit too.
9. Make a natural food coloring.
Artificial dyes have been connected with all sorts of health problems, so why would you use them when you can just as easily use turmeric to replace dyes like Yellow #5 and Yellow #6. Simply boil some water and add in just enough turmeric to create the shade you need, then boil for 3 to 5 minutes. You can even use it for dying Easter eggs by adding in a bit of white vinegar.
10. Make Golden Milk.
Golden Milk is an ancient Ayurvedic recipe that can be made a number of ways. The recipe is one of our favorites – it was designed to improve absorption, making it an easy way to tape into turmeric’s amazing healing benefits.
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