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Top 5 Benefits of Turmeric

Updated on January 7, 2020
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Anne has a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Bachelor's in Language.

A Wonder-Spice

The many health benefits and cooking uses for turmeric make it a wonder-spice.
The many health benefits and cooking uses for turmeric make it a wonder-spice.

Yellow Medicine

Turmeric is most commonly used as a spice in food dishes and condiments. Ever wonder where mustard gets its yellow color from? Turmeric. Every wonder where curry gets its yellow tint from? Turmeric. This colorful spice is used in a variety of ways in kitchens around the world, but it is also known to have many major health benefits and can be found in capsule form in many vitamin and supplement shops.

1. Anti-Inflammatory

One of the biggest benefits of turmeric is its anti-inflammatory properties. When your body is trying to fight off an illness, anti-inflammatories might be prescribed to help. A turmeric supplement can also help strengthen the bodies defense system against these illnesses. In addition, those struggling with arthritis or other joint issues could benefit from a turmeric supplement as the anti-inflammatory properties would help less arthritic pain.

2. Improves Brain Function

Turmeric has also been known to help improve brain function when it comes to memory, general brain function, and the prevention of brain diseases. This works because turmeric helps boost brain function and fight off degenerative diseases. If you are dealing with memory issues or problems, taking a turmeric supplement might be something to consider. In addition, studies have shown that turmeric could possibly help prevent Alzheimer’s or slow down the onset of the disease.

Food Coloring

Turmeric is used as a spice in many different foods, and it is best known for the yellow color it gives those foods, such as mustard and curry.
Turmeric is used as a spice in many different foods, and it is best known for the yellow color it gives those foods, such as mustard and curry.

3. Good for the Heart

Turmeric is great for the heart because it can significantly lower the risk of heart disease. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of turmeric help to reduce the risk of developing heart conditions or heart disease in the future. For many, taking a turmeric supplement can greatly improve their quality of life as well as prevent life-threatening conditions from occurring or continuing to occur.

4. Helps With Depression

Some studies have also claimed that turmeric could possibly help with the treatment and management of depression. With the improving brain function, it is not hard to imagine that a person’s emotional state can become much more stable, preventing long bouts of depression or unstable moods. Even so, it is always important, especially in the case of mental health conditions, to consult with your doctor and see what treatment plans would be best suited for you. Don’t think of turmeric as a replacement for your anti-depression medication; think of it more as something extra you can take that might ultimately help your symptoms improve even more.


Many people choose to take turmeric in capsule form as a daily supplement to aid in their overall health.
Many people choose to take turmeric in capsule form as a daily supplement to aid in their overall health.

5. Anti-Aging Effects

Because of its wonderful anti-inflammatory as well as antioxidant effects, turmeric also has some anti-aging benefits as a supplement. This can be taken in the form of a capsule, but it is important to note that you might also be able to make a paste or something topical with this spice to help with anti-aging. Consult with herbal specialists who might be able to give you more guidance with this.

A Powerful Spice

This bright yellow spice has so many health benefits, and the great thing about it is that turmeric is already present in a lot of the foods that we eat! If you are interested in taking it as a supplement every day, invest in capsules. If not, eat all the mustard and curry you want! However you choose to take turmeric, it will have a wealth of benefits for you. Do some research and see what ways that turmeric can help you in the long run. Compare different supplements and see what works best for you!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


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