Turmeric for Your Skin and Health

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Tumeric isn’t just a popular ancient spice used as a flavoring and coloring agent in food, but has been used for centuries to treat various ailments. To this day it is used as a beauty aid and for its many health benefits. Tumeric contains over 300 antioxidants making it a powerful healer. Here are some top tips for using tumeric.

 

Skin Benefits

Turmeric is an inexpensive and natural beauty product for treating common skin problems and attaining a flawless skin, such as helping oily skin by regulating sebum.

 1.      Turmeric has been scientifically proven to control oil and microbial growth on the skin. It’s antioxidant activity helps reduce acne and prevent their reoccurrence. Using turmeric in masks and in diet helps
overcome acne.

2.      As an excellent exfoliating agent (also for cracked heals, dry skin, and as a facial scrub), turmeric helps eradicate the signs of aging reducing fine lines and wrinkles when applied to the face and neck. It can
also help lighten stretch marks, remove skin tanning, and pigmentation.

3.      Thanks to its antiseptic properties, turmeric and Aloe Vera gel provides quick relief for burns. Kasturi turmeric with milk treats poison ivy, eczema and psoriasis. Through its soothing and healing effects, it
reduces the inflammation, itching and other symptoms of eczema and helps restore the original skin texture.

Hair Benefits

Turmeric with other ingredients can promote hair growth and treat scalp conditions, such as dandruff and hair loss — due to tumeric’ s curcumin component which inhibits the activity of the growth agent TGF beta-one that causes the death of hair follicles.

 Health Benefits

1.      Turmeric is said to prevent cancer, skin cancer, and childhood leukemia with the aid of its main component curcumin. Its antioxidant properties also hamper and regulate the growth of free radicals — cancer-
causing agents that interfere with normal cell growth — in the body.

2.      Turmeric helps detoxify the liver, lowering the risk of hepatitis, cirrhosis and jaundice.

3.      By increasing the metabolic rate in the body, tumeric helps weight management and improves digestion (helps reduce constipation, gas, bloating, and acidity).

4.      Taken twice a day daily for 2 weeks prior to a menstruation cycle, turmeric extracts help reduce cramps.

5.      Curcumin has anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antiallergic, antioxidant, antiseptic, and antibacterial properties making turmeric an effective and fast healing agent, preventing the spread of infection.

6.      As a strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant it delays the onset of rheumatoid arthritis and Alzheimer’s.

7.      Turmeric regulates homocysteine levels and therefore controls cholesterol. It also wards off cardiovascular diseases, and moderates insulin levels thereby having a limited influence over diabetes control.

8.      Turmeric juice maintains a balance between bilirubin and biliverdin — two liver secretions that are the keys to maintaining liver health.

Precautions

Turmeric taken as a spice has no side-effects, but excessive turmeric consumption (over 1500 mg a day) can cause some issues:

 ·       Supplements are not recommended.

·        Turmeric has poor bioavailability, thus include black pepper and fats in your diet to ensure turmeric is properly absorbed.

·         In some cases excess consumption can cause diarrhea, upset stomach, nausea, or dizziness.

·         Consuming large doses orally may stimulate the uterus putting pregnancy at risk.

·         Tumeric is an anti-coagulant, thus avoid it if you are due to have surgery.

Even those who do not have any of the above ailments can benefit from the medicinal properties that this ‘Indian Saffron’ possesses to halt aging and enjoy a glowing healthy skin.