Turmeric, a member of the Ginger family, is the popular spice that gives curry dishes their yellow-orange hue. It is commonly used to treat indigestion, purify the blood and relieve intestinal gas, cough and arthritis, abdominal pain, menstrual irregularities and swellings.
Modern research in recent years have demonstrated Turmeric to have many health benefits. Curcuminoids - the most important being curcumin, present in turmeric is a strong antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals which guards against cancer. This spice is also highly anti-inflammatory which helps in preventing chronic lifestyle diseases such as heart problems.
Many scientific studies have shown curcumin to lower glucose and cholesterol levels, as well as preventing diabetes. Additionally, when it comes to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, some studies have suggested that curcumin could help battle these conditions, due to its well-known antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.