▷ Is Turmeric Your Miracle Cure?

Is Turmeric Your Miracle Cure?

Written by Ritu Goel and updated on June 4, 2017
Is Turmeric Your Miracle Cure

Introduction

Unless this is your first time on the internet, surely you’ve heard about the wonders of turmeric. Turmeric is considered to be one of the most powerful natural substances on the planet in terms of its potential to fight and reverse several medical conditions.

The regular spice known as turmeric has the scientific name Curcuma longa. The healing properties of this root are so numerous that more than 6,000 peer-reviewed articles have been published to investigate its benefits, specifically those of its major component curcumin.

There are more than 300 different active ingredients present in turmeric but the most beneficial one (that we know of) is the polyphenol curcumin. In fact, according to several studies, curcumin is more effective in treating diseases than many prescription drugs.

Can These Conditions be Treated with Turmeric?

We get a lot of requests to separate the fact from the fiction regarding the benefits of using turmeric, so we compiled this article to explore some of the many health benefits of turmeric.

1. Does Turmeric Help with Weight Loss?

Turmeric offers help in dealing with obesity and the metabolic disorders associated with it. Turmeric may help reduce the inflammation that is associated with obesity and provide a boost in fat burning. According to a study published in the journal Food and Function, consumption of polyphenol-rich functional foods such as turmeric in diabetic patients may be useful for regulating carbohydrate metabolism and related disorders. [1]

Another study published in the journal Cell Death and Disease states that the natural plant polyphenol compound curcumin possesses a weight loss effect. [2] A study conducted at Tufts University in 2009 found that curcumin suppresses the growth of fat tissue in mice. [3] There are many factors that go into weight loss, but there is evidence that adding this spice to your diet may help shed pounds.

2. Does Turmeric Whiten Teeth?

You may be surprised to know that despite being yellow in color, turmeric has been used in different parts of the world since ancient times to whiten teeth. Aside from teeth whitening, it also helps in cleansing gums and treating infections of the gums, including gingivitis. According to a study published in The Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice, it was found that turmeric is a good supplement to mechanical plaque control. [4]

According to another article published in the Indian Journal of Dental Research, turmeric has various uses for dental problems including the elimination of dental pain and swelling, making teeth and gums strong, and providing relief from periodontitis and gingivitis. [5] While there is some evidence that turmeric is useful for dental care, we found no studies citing the specific benefit of teeth whitening, although a lot of people around the world use it for this purpose.

3. Does Turmeric Help with Acne?

Acne is a result of damage by free radicals and chronic inflammation. According to studies, patients suffering from acne have greater levels of oxidative stress. [6] Curcumin is a potent anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and antioxidant; therefore it may help in relieving acne. According to a study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research, evidence exists that turmeric/curcumin products and supplements, both orally and topically applied, may provide therapeutic benefits for various skin ailments, including acne. [7]

The results obtained in another study published in the journal Chemical and Pharmaceutical Bulletin highlight the potential of using curcumin-based microemulsions as an alternative treatment for S.epidermidis-associated diseases and acne vulgaris. [8] Thus, the research does seem to support using turmeric for acne reduction.

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4. Can Turmeric Treat Boils?

A boil is an infection of the skin that begins in an oil gland or a hair follicle. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, which may help in treating boils and abscesses. You can prepare a powder of turmeric and use it as a poultice to cure boils. According to the article “Study on antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of turmeric clear liquid soap for wound treatment of HIV patients” turmeric liquid soap can be used in both cosmetic and therapeutic preparations for skin infections. Additionally, the clinical data supports its use for skin infection treatments for HIV patients. [9] The video below shows how to use turmeric for boils.

5. Does Turmeric Lower Blood Sugar/Help Control Diabetes?

Diabetes mellitus is a common illness that is characterized by a disruption in the levels of blood sugar. The level of blood sugar plays a key role in how the body utilizes energy and how it metabolizes food. Diabetes results when the body is unable to use or produce insulin to regulate blood sugar levels.

It has been found that curcumin may help in the prevention of type 2 diabetes. A review of studies from 2013 suggests that curcumin can reduce not only the blood glucose levels but also other complications related to diabetes. It was also found by researchers that curcumin might prevent diabetes. The research suggests that extracts of turmeric coul