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100 Evidence Based Awesome Health Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric is a ‘miracle herb’. You have heard this one quite a number of times. But what makes this herb so miraculous.
Bioactive ingredients found in this herb are pleiotropic in nature- the same molecule can bind to a variety of enzymes and other molecular targets in the body.
Well, we have put together an exhaustive list of 100 health benefits of turmeric!
100 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Turmeric
Here is the long list of miracles that turmeric naturally provides us with. To ease the reading, we have provided a Table of Contents below. Just click on the link to directly jump to the section of your interest. You can minimise the table using the hide link at top of the table.
Turmeric Promotes All round Health
Turmeric has basic pharmacological properties which are beneficial in many health conditions
1. It is an anti-inflammatory agent
The foremost reason to use turmeric in almost any health condition is its anti-inflammatory property.
Curcumin is the compound in turmeric that has potent anti-inflammatory property. As an anti-inflammatory agent, it inhibits the activity of nuclear factor kappa B- the master protein that regulatesthe inflammatory process.
Like conventional anti-inflammatory agents, it inhibits the activity of inflammatory enzymes such as COX and LOX. Additionally, it inhibits the activity of various inflammatory chemicals and proteins such as TNF-alpha, interleukin, etc.
One advantage over conventional anti-inflammatory agents is that turmeric does not cause gastric side effects. Curcumin free turmeric is also found to have anti-inflammatory property.
2. It is a natural painkiller
Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory property contributes to its painkiller property. Its inhibitory action on inflammatory chemicals like prostaglandins and interleukins helps in reducing pain.
This painkiller property has been found to be useful in dealing with post-surgical pain and burn injuries.
Additionally, curcumin is also found to relieve neuropathic pain which is similar to pins and needles sensation.
Even turmeric oil has analgesic properties and research shows that its painkiller properties are comparable to aspirin. (Read Turmeric for various kinds of pain)
3. It is a potent antioxidant
Curcuminoids present in turmeric are strong antioxidants. Their antioxidant activity is comparable to vitamin C and E. As antioxidants they function in 3 ways:
• Reduce oxidative stress or imbalance between prooxidant and antioxidant species in the body
• Raise the level of antioxidant enzymes
• Scavenge free radical species that cause oxidative damage
Thus they ameliorate oxidative stress in conditions like diabetes and thalassemia.
4. It protects DNA from damage
Turmeric and curcumin have genoprotective property- they protect cellular DNA from damage. However, curcumin plays a dual role in DNA damage.
In the case of cancerous cells, curcumin induces DNA damage and sensitizes cells to chemotherapeutic agents.
However, this is not the case with normal cells. A study shows that by virtue of its antioxidant property, aqueous turmeric extract offers 80% protection from DNA damage.
To know more about turmeric’s role in preventing DNA damage please (Read – Turmeric for DNA damage.)
5. It helps in heavy metal detoxification
Turmeric benefits in the treatment of heavy metal poisoning by virtue of its antioxidant property and chelating (ability to bind to metal and remove them from the body) property.
(Read – Turmeric for Lead Poisoning, Turmeric for Aluminium Toxicity, Turmeric for Mercury Poisoning, Turmeric for Cadmium Poisoning)
6. Turmeric speeds up post-operative recovery
Turmeric has a number of properties that benefit in restoring health and speeding recovery after surgery. Its anti-microbial and immune boosting properties help safe guard from infections.
Its wound healing properties help in quick healing of scars. Turmeric combats post-operative fatigue and pain. (Read – Turmeric for post operative recovery)
Turmeric Helps Digestive System
Turmeric has gastro-protective properties which aids in digestion and protects from digestive disorders
7. It improves digestion and stomach health
Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant action is found to protect the digestive tract from bacterial infections.
Traditional medicine states that turmeric is a carminative- it helps in relieving bloating. Turmeric is an effective digestive aid.
(Read – How to use Turmeric for stomach Problems, Turmeric and Gastritis, Turmeric for Healthy stomach)
8. It benefits in GERD and acid reflux
Turmeric benefits in acid reflux or GERD in multiple ways. It improves digestion, exerts a bactericidal effect on H.pylori infection, prevents the formation of ulcers, soothes inflammation and even protects from silent reflux.
However, if taken at high doses or an empty stomach, it may trigger acid reflux in some. (Read – 5 reasons why Turmeric can help in Heartburn, Can Turmeric cause Acidity/Acid reflux?)
9. It helps in treatment of inflammatory bowel disease
10. It reduces symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome
11. Turmeric protects the pancreas from disorders
Turmeric for Bones, Joints, etc
Turmeric’s analgesic, anti-arthritic and bone protective property benefits in various disorders of the musculoskeletal system
12. It reduces the severity of various types of arthritis
Curcumin has multiple ways in treating rheumatoid arthritis:
• It acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.
• It improves antioxidant defences.
• It ameliorates autoimmune reactions.
• It protects bone cells.
Supplementation of curcumin in individuals suffering from rheumatoid arthritis is found to significantly reduce pain and improve joint function better than conventional therapy.
(Read – 6 ways turmeric benefits in Rheumatoid Arthritis, 15 Benefits of Turmeric for Arthritis, How Turmeric Can Help in Juvenile Arthritis)
13. It protects bone in osteoarthritis
Research shows that curcumin formulations outperform conventional anti-arthritic drugs prescribed in osteoarthritis.
Curcumin also protects bone tissue and prevents bone loss. (Read – Turmeric Benefits for Osteoarthritis)
14. It can help in the healing of bone fractures
Traditionally turmeric has been used in the treatment of bone fractures.
Topically turmeric paste is applied to the affected region and Turmeric Milk is also ingested to hasten to heal.
The mechanism behind this is that turmeric controls inflammatory process and helps in reducing pain. Further turmeric helps protect bone tissue and aids in bone remodeling.
To understand this in detail please Read – Can Turmeric Help In Healing Bone Fractures?
15. It helps in the treatment of muscle disorders
Research suggests that curcumin’s anti-inflammatory property can aid in the treatment of various musculoskeletal disorders like osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, musculocartilaginous disorders, and sarcoma, etc.
It also helps in relieving pain, preventing loss of muscle mass and improving antioxidant defences.
(Read – Turmeric for ankylosing spondylitis, Turmeric for bursitis Turmeric for piriformis syndrome, Turmeric for sciatica)
Turmeric Helps Hematologic system/Blood-related disorders
As an antioxidant, turmeric benefits in various blood disorders
16. It aids in the treatment of thalassemia
Supplementation with curcuminoids improves antioxidant defense in thalassemia. (Read – 3 Benefits of Turmeric In Thalassemia?)
17. Dietary turmeric may benefit in anemia
Dietary turmeric can benefit in anemia due to its antioxidant property which aids in normalizing antioxidant defences in anemia. Additionally, curcumin exerts a protective effect on red blood cells.
Curcumin’s iron chelating activity is speculated to cause iron deficiency in anemia but turmeric is a rich source of iron.( For more details Read Can Turmeric Help in Anemia?)
18. Curcumin has anti-platelet property
Curcumin has blood thinning property- it prevents the formation of blood clots and reduces the risk of stroke.
Hence it is advised to avoid curcumin supplements with blood thinners. However, there is no evidence found in humans. This property of curcumin benefits in thrombosis.
(Read – Turmeric and warfarin Turmeric and thrombosis)
19. It benefits spleen health
Turmeric’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory property is found to benefit spleen health by boosting its immune function and protecting it from heavy metal toxicity.
(Read – How Turmeric Can Benefit Spleen Health)
Turmeric for Brain and Nervous System
Turmeric has neuroprotective properties that benefit in psychiatric disorders, neurodegenerative diseases and protect the brain and nerves from injury
20. It alleviates depression
Indian researchers have proven that curcumin is as good as Prozac in treating depression and the combination of curcumin and Prozac is effective in treating depression than Prozac alone.
Scientific literature proves that curcumin benefits in depressive disorders in multiple ways: as an anti-inflammatory agent, antioxidant, neuroprotective agent.
(Read – 10 Reasons Why Turmeric is great for depression, Turmeric for Bipolar Disorder)
21. It benefits in post-traumatic stress disorder
Preliminary studies suggest that dietary curcumin can reduce reactivation of fear memories in post-traumatic stress disorder.
Additionally, it’s anti-inflammatory property and ability to relieve stress and anxiety helps in this condition. (Read –Turmeric for post traumatic stress disorder)
22. It benefits in bipolar disorder
Dietary changes can benefit in bipolar disorder.
Curcumin’s multi-action potential in depression, its ability to downregulate inflammation in the brain as well as its ability to influence neurotransmitters can benefit in bipolar disorder. (Read – Turmeric for bipolar disorder)
23. It can boost memory and help in learning disorders
24. It can prevent Alzheimer’s disease
Curcumin can be helpful in preventing and treating Alzheimer’s disease.
Its anti-inflammatory activity, antioxidant property, ability to reduce beta-amyloid plaques, metal chelating activity and memory boosting property can help in the treatment of Alzheimer’s. (Read – Can Turmeric help in Alzheimer’s?)
25. It is therapeutic in Parkinson’s
Curcumin can aid in treatment of Parkinson’s disease due to its antioxidant property and neuroprotective property.
Chinese researchers state that curcumin’s anti-inflammatory property and ability to prevent alpha-synuclein aggregation (a protein that contributes to the development of Parkinson’s) can aid in Parkinson’s treatment. (Read – Turmeric for Parkinsons)
26. It helps in recovery after stroke
Turmeric’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties aid in prevention as well as treatment of stroke. (Read –Turmeric-Your defense against stroke)
27. It benefits in epilepsy and seizures
Turmeric has an anti-epileptogenic effect and helps in reducing onset as well as the occurrence of seizures.
Curcumin potentiates the effect of anti-epileptic drugs and also reduces the dose of anti-epileptic drugs required for treatment.
Turmeric oil also has anticonvulsant activity. (Read – Turmeric and Epilepsy)
28. It reduces morphine tolerance/dependence
Opioid painkillers are prescribed as the last options for treating chronic pain. However these medications have side effects, are addictive and after a certain term of usage one also tends to develop tolerance them.
Research shows that curcumin can act via the same method as opioid painkillers to mitigate pain.
It also helps overcome side effects of such medicines, attenuates withdrawal symptoms and reduces the tolerance to these painkillers. (Read – Can Turmeric Replace Opioid painkillers?)
Turmeric for Eye and Ear Related Disorders
Turmeric’ anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties benefit in eye and ear disorders
29. It helps in the treatment of uveitis
30. It can help in the treatment of glaucoma and cataract
Curcumin’s antioxidant property is beneficial in the treatment of cataract.
Similarly, curcumin’s antioxidant and neuroprotective property is found to be beneficial in the treatment of glaucoma. (Read – Turmeric benefits for Glaucoma, Turmeric Benefits for Cataracts)
31. It can potentially aid in tinnitus treatment
Research has not yet investigated the role of turmeric in the treatment of tinnitus but few of its pharmacological properties such as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-microbial property benefit in this condition.
To know more about turmeric and tinnitus please Read – Turmeric for tinnitus
Turmeric for Oral Health
Turmeric benefits greatly in oral and dental care and hygiene
32. Turmeric holds health benefits in gingivitis
A pilot study demonstrates that curcumin mouthwash is as effective as chlorhexidine mouthwash as an anti-inflammatory agent in the treatment of gingivitis.
Oral turmeric gel helps in reducing inflammation in gingivitis.
33. It gets rid of plaque
34. It is therapeutic in the treatment of periodontitis
The experimental study reflects that turmeric benefits in periodontitis by suppressing bone loss and acting as an anti-inflammatory agent.
It is also proven to slow down the progression of periodontitis.
35. It is effective in treating oral lichen planus
Regular application of turmeric ointment is found to be effective in treating oral lichen planus completely in 3 months.
High dose of curcuminoids (6g/day) is beneficial in reducing swelling and ulceration in oral lichen planus. (Read –How Turmeric can help in lichen planus)
36. Turmeric benefits in oral ulcers
Turmeric for Healthy Respiratory System
37. It relieves cough and cold
One age-old health benefit of turmeric is that instantly remedies flu. Turmeric Milk is a household remedy in India for treating cough and cold.
Turmeric oil is found to relieve cough and sputum. Inhalation of fumes of burning turmeric helps to relieve nasal congestion. (Read – Turmeric for flu)
38. It is an anti-asthma agent
39. It protects from nicotine smoke-induced damage
Curcumin and its related compounds work as antioxidants and help in reducing oxidative stress caused by nicotine in lungs.
It also attenuates cigarette smoke-induced lung inflammation. (Read – Turmeric for smoking side effects)
40. It helps in the treatment of COPD
Curcumin, by its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant property, finds its use in various lung diseases including chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder.
Research shows that curcumin treatment can reverse steroid resistance in COPD. (Read – Turmeric for COPD)
Turmeric for Liver & Gallbladder Diseases
Turmeric protects the liver and gall bladder function from drug-induced toxicity and disorders
41. It protects the liver from toxicity
Turmeric’s health benefits in liver health are not limited to anti-inflammatory action.
It protects the liver from toxicity due to heavy metal, drugs, and poisonous compounds. (Read – Benefits of turmeric in liver, Benefits of Turmeric in Alcoholism)
42. It protects from alcohol-induced toxicity
Research shows that curcumin protects from oxidative stress, gastric inflammation, brain, and liver toxicity occurring due to excessive alcohol consumption.
43. It remedies non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
Curcumin treatment is found to bring a significant (78.9% ) improvement in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. (Read –Curcumin Resolves Non Alcoholic fatty liver disease in 8 weeks)
44. It aids in liver fibrosis treatment
Curcumin curbs inflammation in liver fibrosis. It causes cell death and suppresses proliferation of hepatic stellate cells, cells that contribute to the development of liver fibrosis.
It also exerts anti-fibrosis activity. (Read – Turmeric Benefits For Cirrhosis, 5 Reasons Why Turmeric is Great for Liver Fibrosis)
45. It benefits in hepatitis
Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory property benefits in hepatitis or liver inflammation. It also exerts anti-viral activity against Hepatitis virus.
It also protects the liver from as well as restores liver function in case of drug-induced hepatitis. (Read – Turmeric for hepatitis)
46. It can prevent gallstone formation
Turmeric is found to cause gallbladder contraction which is why it should be avoided when suffering from gallstones.
However, if consumed as a part of the diet, it can prevent occurrence of gallstones in the first place. (Read – Turmeric and Gallstones)
Turmeric Promotes Metabolic Health [ Diabetes, BP, Weight Loss]
Turmeric improves metabolic health by improving metabolism, cholesterol levels, causing weight loss, etc
47. Turmeric benefits in weight loss
Turmeric has anti-obesity property- it prevents fat deposit and improves metabolic health.
Curcumin supplementation hastens the outcome of diet and exercise in weight loss. (Read – Turmeric & weight loss)
48. It reduces cholesterol levels
High dose curcumin supplementation reduces cholesterol levels in 12 weeks.
Curcumin is found to reduce inflammation in obesity and metabolic syndrome. (Read – 5 Ways turmeric helps in tackling high cholesterol)
49. It is an anti-diabetic agent
Turmeric and curcumin work as anti-diabetic agents by reducing blood glucose levels, stimulating insulin secretion and promoting pancreas function.
It also benefits in other complications in diabetes. (Read – Turmeric : Your Miracle Weapon Against Diabetes)
50. It reverses pre-diabetes
A clinical trial was conducted where 240 individuals with prediabetes were treated with curcumin for 9 months. The dose was 6 capsules of 250mg per day.
After 9 months 16.4% of individuals in the placebo group developed diabetes while none in the curcumin group developed diabetes.
Curcumin improved blood sugar control, insulin sensitivity, and pancreas related beta cell function. (Read – Turmeric for prediabetes)
51. It lowers blood pressure
Research shows that curcumin and its derivatives have vasorelaxant property or ability to relax blood vessels which reduces resistance to blood flow and hence reduces hypertension.
(Read – Turmeric for hypertension)
Turmeric for Endocrine System and Hormonal Disorders
Limited research has investigated the role of turmeric and curcumin in hormone-related diseases and turmeric shows therapeutic potential in these disorders
52. It benefits thyroid health
Use of turmeric in diet is associated with reduced occurrence of goitre. Curcumin is beneficial in reducing inflammation in thyroiditis.
Turmeric is found to be beneficial in reducing oxidative stress occurring in hyperthyroidism. (Read – Turmeric for goitre, Can turmeric help in thyroid disorders)
53. It benefits in hirsutism
Hirsutism or excessive facial hair occurs as a result of hormonal imbalances. Traditionally turmeric is used as a home remedy for hirsutism as its topical application helps lighten facial hair and reduce the growth.
Additionally taking turmeric orally can help in easing out hormonal imbalances causing hirsutism. (Read – Turmeric for hirsutism)
Turmeric for Cardiovascular System & Heart Diseases
Turmeric is great for heart health which makes it one of the most important reasons to include it in your diet daily
54. It offers cardioprotection
Curcumin has a cardioprotective effect. It scavenges the free radical species and oxygen free radicals that worsen cardiac damage.
Curcumin is effective in the treatment of myocardial ischemia, myocardial infarction, cardiomyopathy, and arrhythmia. (Read – How Turmeric benefits your heart)
55. It reduces the incidence of heart attacks
High dose supplementation of curcuminoids is found to reduce the incidence of heart attacks after surgery.(Read –Curcumin reduces incidence of in-hospital heart attacks)
56. It helps in atherosclerosis
Dietary curcumin exerts antiatherogenic effect and helps in reducing atherosclerotic lesions by virtue of its anti-inflammatory property.
Long term curcumin treatment reduces cholesterol level and suppresses early atherosclerotic lesions. (Read – 9 ways turmeric Can help in Atherosclerosis)
57. It benefits in thrombosis
Thrombosis is the formation of a clot in the blood vessels which blocks blood flow and can develop into a serious condition.
Curcumin’s antiplatelet activity benefits in thrombosis and helps maintain anti-coagulant status. (Read – How Turmeric Can help In Thrombosis)
Turmeric for Healthy Reproductive System
Turmeric benefits both male and female reproductive system in various ways
58. It reduces symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome
Curcumin by virtue of its anti-inflammatory property helps with the pain occurring in PMS and also modulated brain chemicals and thus alleviated mood changes and depression. (Read – 8 ways Turmeric benefits in Menstruation)
59. Turmeric has multiple benefits in menopause
Turmeric is a phytoestrogen- a plant source of estrogen, a female hormone.
Turmeric’s painkiller, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties benefit in menopause in several ways. (Read – 11 ways turmeric benefits in menopause)
60. It helps in the treatment of endometriosis
Endometriosis is a condition in which the uterine lining grows outside the uterus.
Research shows that curcumin is an anti-endometrotic agent and regulates hormones and enzymes in order to inhibit endometrial growth. (Read – Turmeric for endometriosis)
61. It is therapeutic in uterine fibroids
62. It benefits in PCOS
63. It therapeutic in the treatment of vaginitis and leucorrhoea
Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial property aids in the treatment of conditions like vaginitis and leucorrhoea.
Curcumin’s anti-fungal property can aid in the treatment of yeast infections which cause leucorrhoea. (Read – 6 Ways Turmeric benefits in Leucorrhoea, How Turmeric benefits Female reproductive system)
64. It can help in the treatment of toxicity induced male infertility
Curcumin protects against drug-induced testicular toxicity.
Nicotine (Tobacco smoking) and chronic alcohol administration is proven to cause infertility and curcumin has a therapeutic effect on them. (Read – Turmeric for Male Infertility)
65. It is therapeutic in prostatitis and benign prostate enlargement
Curcumin’s anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory property benefits in prostatitis and benign prostate enlargement. (Read – Turmeric for male health)
Turmeric Benefits for Urinary System
Turmeric protects the kidney and benefits in condition like urinary infections, diabetic nephropathy etc
66. It helps in the treatment of urinary infections
Indian researchers have found that curcumin can inhibit the growth of microbes causing urinary tract infections.
They proved that curcumin can increase the sensitivity of these microbes to antibiotics. (Read – Turmeric for urinary tract infections, Turmeric for Urinary Disorders)
67. It protects the kidney from disorders and toxicity
Curcumin’s antioxidant property is beneficial in the treatment of various kidney diseases such as diabetic nephropathy, chronic renal failure, ischemia and reperfusion and kidney toxicity caused medicines such as adriamycin, gentamycin, etc.
Kidney inflammation is a common symptom of acute and chronic kidney diseases.
Curcumin as an anti-inflammatory agent helps in inhibiting kidney inflammation by interfering in the activity of protein nuclear factor kappa B. (Read – Turmeric-A powerful Weapon against kidney disorders)
Turmeric Benefits for Skin
Traditionally turmeric is used to protect healthy skin and remedy skin disorders
68. Turmeric shows potential in reducing aging of the skin
Turmeric can protect skin from wrinkles and sun damage induced aging. Curcumin’s antioxidant property is found to beneficial in managing skin aging.
(Read – Stay Young With Turmeric-World’s Best Anti-Aging Agent)
69. It helps in the treatment of psoriasis
Curcumin gel is found to be effective in treating psoriasis-like inflammation and its therapeutic effect is similar to that of clobetasol, a steroid used to treat skin disorders. (Read – How turmeric can help in psoriasis)
70. It protects from sunburns and offers photo-protection
Curcumin is found to protect the skin from sun rays induced inflammation and is a viable sunscreen agent. (Read –Turmeric for sunburn)
71. It can soothe eczema
Curcumin is found to reduce inflammation of the skin under adverse conditions and also reduces radiation dermatitis.
Topical turmeric paste is traditionally used to reduce itching. (Read – Turmeric for eczema and itching)
72. It can help in the treatment of acne
Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory, wound healing and anti-microbial properties can aid in treating acne.
Curcumin inhibits the growth of bacteria that cause acne. (Read – Turmeric for acne, Turmeric for rosacea)
73. It hastens wound healing
Turmeric is traditionally used in wound healing. It speeds up the process and enables skin regeneration. (Read –Turmeric for wounds)
Turmeric for Autoimmune Conditions
Turmeric regulates immune responses which are highly beneficial in managing symptoms of autoimmune conditions
74. It has immunomodulatory action
Curcumin has immunomodulatory effects- it can regulate immune responses. This property is extremely beneficial in autoimmune disorders.
75. It helps in the treatment of lupus
Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties are beneficial in lupus treatment.
Its immunomodulatory properties help to regulate immune responses in SLE.
Oral turmeric supplementation 500mg is found to decrease symptoms of lupus nephritis. (Read – Turmeric for lupus)
76. It ameliorates allergic reactions
Turmeric’s health benefit as an anti-allergic agent is due to curcumin’s immunomodulatory property.
Based on this property curcumin finds its use in treating asthma, skin allergy, and food allergy.
However, some individuals may be allergic to turmeric itself.
77. It is therapeutic in ulcerative colitis
Turmeric Helps Fight Infectious Conditions
Turmeric’s anti-microbial action helps in terminating infections
78. It is a strong anti-microbial agent
Turmeric has been used traditionally to heal wounds because of its antiseptic property. Curcumin inhibits the growth of bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
Curcumin acts against viral infections like influenza, HIV, HPV Hepatitis C, etc. (Read – Turmeric for Fungal infections, How Turmeric fights 7 serious viral infections)
79. It benefits in HIV in multiple ways
Curcumin is one of the natural lead compounds recommended for treatment of HIV infection. It inhibits the replication of HIV virus in multiple ways.
Additionally, turmeric holds various health benefits that help fight the virus from attacking different systems of the body. (Read – 10 Therapeutic properties of turmeric in HIV/AIDS)
80. It prevents HPV from progressing to cancer
81. It is therapeutic in herpes
Curcumin inhibits the replication of HSV-1. Turmeric’s wound healing properties can help in treating warts and sores occurring in herpes. (Read – Turmeric for herpes)
82. It can help in the treatment of influenza
Very low concentrations of curcumin are required to deactivate the influenza virus. Curcuminoids display anti-viral activity against H1N1 and drug-resistant H1N1 strain.
Additionally, turmeric aids as an immune booster and relieves cough and cold in influenza treatment. (Read – Turmeric for influenza)
83. It is an anti-Candida agent
Turmeric for Cancer
Turmeric and its bioactive ingredient, curcumin are potent anti-cancer agents and work in multiple to prevent and treat cancer
84. Turmeric kills cancer cells
Curcumin exerts strong anti-cancer property. It terminates the growth of cancer cells, prevents them proliferating and causes cancer cell death.
Research shows that curcumin manipulates 20+ biochemical targets in the body to kill cancer cells. (Read – Turmeric for Cancer, Turmeric/Curcumin Dosage for Cancer: A Scientific Plan, How Turmeric Redesigns Cancer Cell Mortality?)
85. It is an anti-angiogenic agent
Angiogenesis is the development of new blood vessels and this is not beneficial in terms of cancer.
Curcumin inhibits the activity of proteins that help in blood vessel formation and prevents the migration of blood vessels to tumors. (Read – Turmeric and angiogenesis)
86. It prevents metastasis
Apart from preventing the growth of cancer cells, turmeric benefits by preventing metastasis or spread of cancer to other parts of the body.
Studies show that curcumin prevents metastasis in prostate cancer and thyroid cancer. (Read – 8 Ways turmeric Can Prevent Cancer Metastasis)
87. It increases chemosensitivity and radiosensitivity
Resistance to cancer therapy is one of the emerging problems in cancer treatment.
Curcumin is found to increase the sensitivity of various cancer cells to chemotherapeutic agents and potentiate their anti-cancer effect.
Similarly, curcumin enhances the effect of radiation therapy and reduces tumor growth better than radiation alone. (Read – How Turmeric Increases Radiotherapy’s Effectiveness How Turmeric Increases Chemotherapy’s Effectiveness)
88. It protects from the toxicity of cancer treatment
Unlike chemotherapeutic agents, curcumin exerts anti-cancer effect only on cancer cells and protects normal cells.
Curcumin also serves as a chemoprotector and radioprotector in cancer treatment. (Read – Turmeric: Natural Chemo/Radioprotector)
89. It has chemopreventive potential
90. Topical application of turmeric benefits in cancer
Turmeric and curcumin applied topically reduce itching, smell, size and pain in cancer lesions. (Read – Topical turmeric for cancer)
91. Turmeric benefits in 50+ types of cancer
Experimental and clinical studies demonstrate that curcumin can benefit from 56 types of cancer.
(Read – Turmeric and Lung Cancer, Turmeric and Skin Cancer, How Turmeric Can Help In Cervical Cancer, Turmeric and Brain Cancer)
Turmeric Promotes Healthy Aging
Turmeric can protect the body from developing age-associated disorders
92. It protects heart function from ageing related changes
93. It protects from age-related bone loss
Curcumin balances the rate of bone formation and bone absorption thereby protecting from loss of bone mass. It also protects postmenopausal bone loss.
94. It protects the brain from age-related changes and boosts memory
Curcumin protects the brain from age-related cerebrovascular (blood flow in the brain) function and also boosts mood and memory.
Its neuroprotective activity also reduces the chances of developing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
95. Turmeric boosts immunity and promotes longevity
Curcumin’s antioxidant property and ability to regulate aging associated genes can help promote longevity and reduce the occurrence of age-related disorders.
Turmeric also boosts immunity to protect from infections
Turmeric & Nutrition
Simply adding to turmeric to your food increases the nutritional quotient and also protects you from disease risks due to cooking food at high temperatures
96. It reduces oxidation of cooking oils
Cooking with oils at high temperatures leads to oxidation of oils which forms compounds that on long term could lead to cancer and fibrosis.
Cooking fried foods after dipping them in turmeric marination helps reduce oxidation of cooking oils.
97. It reduces oxidation of meat items and protects from carcinogens
Dietary turmeric reduces the risk of cancer.
Cooking meat items with turmeric and black pepper reduces oxidation of the meat, thereby reducing the formation of carcinogens (cancer-causing agents) and reducing the risk of developing diseases by consuming meat cooked at high temperatures. (Read – Does cooking turmeric and black pepper reduce their health benefits?)
98. It protects from food pathogens
Research shows that turmeric in diet can actually protect the gut from inflammation and invasion of bacteria present in food. (Read – Dietary Curcumin Protects Gut From Food Borne Bacteria)
Turmeric vs. Conventional Medications
Turmeric’s multi-action mechanism and safety profile make it a viable alternative and add-on therapy versus many conventional drugs.
99. It is better than steroids
One of the best health benefits of turmeric is the lack of side effects in comparison to steroids despite of similar pharmacological action. Curcumin is as effective as steroids in managing chronic anterior uveitis.
Curcumin can be an alternative to steroids in treating apthous ulcers. (Read – Why Turmeric Beats Many Steroidal Medications Hands Down)
100. It protects from side effects of drugs
Apart from its multi-action phenomenon in most conditions, turmeric is preferred over conventional medications because it does not cause side effects and also reduces the side effects of other medications.
It protects from gastric side effects of painkillers, it protects liver and kidney function from the toxicity of various drugs and also protects the reproductive system from drug-induced toxicity. (Read – How Turmeric Saves you from Drug induced side effects)
Turmeric Dosage For Health Benefits
Simply including turmeric in the diet makes a lot of difference to your health. 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder can be included daily in the diet.
You can find turmeric recipes here.
Golden Paste is one of the most effective ways to include turmeric in diet. It is a combination of turmeric with black pepper and oil that improves the absorption of curcumin in the body. You can make Golden Paste from fresh turmeric roots too.
Start with low doses of Golden Paste say 1/4 to 1/2 tsp per day and follow for a week. If no side effects such as gastric discomfort are observed then increase the dose gradually per week. The suggested dose is 1-2 tsp Golden Paste 2-3 times a day (precisely 1 tsp 3 times a day).
Turmeric Milk and Turmeric Tea are also some delicious ways of taking turmeric. If opting for a good turmeric brand please check our recommendations on Organic Turmeric Brands.
If opting for turmeric supplements consult a health practitioner prior.
Turmeric in dietary quantities does not pose any risk. Doses up to 8g have found to be safe but high doses can cause gastric side effects in real life. Avoid taking turmeric on an empty stomach. (Does Turmeric cause acid reflux?)
Turmeric supplements should be opted for only after consulting a doctor. In conditions like gout or if you are at high risk of developing kidney stones it is advisable to opt for curcumin supplements because turmeric is moderately high in oxalates. ( Read Is Turmeric safe in gout? Does turmeric cause kidney stones?)
Turmeric supplements should be avoided in pregnancy and lactation. Discontinue use of turmeric supplements 2 weeks prior to surgery. Avoid supplements if you are suffering from bile duct obstruction. (Can you take turmeric in gallstones?)
When on blood thinners, it is safe to occasionally introduce turmeric in diet and take in small doses in the diet but do not use curcumin supplements. In such a condition it is best to discuss this with your doctor.
Curcumin in turmeric interferes in drug metabolism and hence must not be taken concomitantly with any medication. A 3-4 hour gap must be maintained.
Now that you know about 100 health benefits of turmeric for general health as well as for particular conditions, you would definitely start with your daily turmeric dose.