Turmeric has been around for ages, being used as a spice in South and Southeast Asia but what many people don’t know is that this ginger relative is not just a coloring and spice agent for food but can also be used for medicinal purposes! What’s even more exciting about this spice is that a lot of research studies have proven its healing properties.

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These 5 Health Benefits of Turmeric are Quite Impressive!

1. Helps Prevent Cancer

Several studies have shown that not only can turmeric help stop breast cancer from spreading in mice, it also appears to inhibit the growth of other forms of cancer such as melanoma or skin cancer. Another study showed that pretreatment with curcumin from turmeric makes cancer cells more vulnerable to radiotherapy and chemotherapy, making these cancer treatment options more effective.

2. Helps Prevent Liver Disease

Turmeric appears to be a natural liver detoxifier and helps delay liver damage which could lead to cirrhosis.

3. Helps Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

Aromatic turmerone, also known as ar-turmerone, is abundant in turmeric. This substance helps promote repair in stem cells in the brain whose degeneration or damage eventually lead to Alzheimer’s disease. Turmeric also helps remove amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain, preventing or slowing down the progress of the degenerative condition.

4. Helps Reduce Risk of Childhood Leukemia

Some studies have also shown that turmeric helps reduce the risks of childhood leukemia; although more studies have to be done to determine its mechanism of action as well as its effectivity.

5. Helps Treat Psoriasis

A number of promising studies have also shown that turmeric can help treat psoriasis, a skin condition. This is because the chemical substances present in turmeric helps in wound healing as well as remodeling of damaged skin.

Sources: Mind Body Green, The Huffington Post