Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a flowering plant and a part of the ginger family. Turmeric grows in India and Southeast Asia. Turmeric can be grounded down into a yellow/orange powder and used mostly in asian dishes especially in curry and is also used as a colouring agent.
Turmeric has many benefits and has been used, in asian traditional medicine. Turmeric has benefits such as reducing depression symptoms. A research showed that people with major depressiv disorder had a slightly reduced depressiv symptoms after some weeks and also helps antidepressant work better. It seems to be the curcumin that’s impacting the neurotransmitter functioning through the brain. Another turmeric benefit is it’s anti-inflammatory factor, the curcumin can surpress the molecules that causes the inflammation. It is supposed to be very effective compared to aspirin and ibuprofen. Because of the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties turmeric has, curcumin can help slow down the effects of ageing and age related diseases. Another benefit is blood cloths, for a lot of people blood cloths can be a major concern. From lab and animal studies, curcumin from turmeric can help reduce the risk of blood cloths forming.
Turmeric also has many other skin benefits. A turmeric cream can help reduce oil production on the face with people who struggle with oily skin, this could be a good alternative to try out for those that struggle with this issue and keeps getting oily through out the day. Turmeric can prevent sun damage the sun usually causes such as wrinkles, freckles, discolouration and reduced skin elasticity. It can also help reduce and calm skin conditions such as, rosacea, psoriasis and eczema. In a study with patients that had arthritis, compared the benefits and side effects between taking turmeric (curcumin) and the arthritis drugs. The study showed that the group that took turmeric showed a higher percentage of improvement compared to the drug, plus, there were no side effects taking curcumin. Overall turmeric is great for both your body and brain in appropriate amounts!
Also turmeric is also said to be good when you have diabetes. Read more about that here!