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10 Amazing Health Benefits of Turmeric

Updated on March 21, 2017
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Turmeric Uses

Turmeric is a natural wonder, known with several names in different regions. Haldi, Haladi, Haridra, Haldhar, Pitras, Halede, Manjal, yu jin (Chinese), Khamin (Thai), Curcuma (French).The scientific name is Curcuma Longa. L. It has warm bitter taste. This multifaceted wonder spice has several uses.

Turmeric has several uses.

1. Used for Culinary purposes

2. Used for Beauty purposes

3. Used for Health purposes

4. Other purposes

10 Health benefits of Turmeric

  • Turmeric contains curcumin and is known for its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, stimulative, anti-spasmodic, antifibrotic, expectorant, blood purifying, and disinfectant properties.
  • For cough, turmeric is a wonderful medicine. Add 1 tsp. turmeric powder to one cup of hot milk and drink for 3-5 days.
  • For anemia, taking 1 tsp. of turmeric powder with 1 tsp. of honey taken twice a day for few days helps in reducing anemia.
  • For diarrhoea, drinking warm water added with turmeric powder gives good relief.
  • Turmeric reduces fevers, diarrhea, urinary disorders, and insanity, poisoning, cough, and lactation problems.
  • Also used for epilepsy and bleeding disorder.
  • Turmeric is highly beneficial for beautiful skin.
  • Turmeric helps in preventing and Treating Alzeheimer's Disease
  • Turmeric is also beneficial in preventing age-related problems
  • Regular use of turmeric helps in preventing deadly diseases like cancer.

Turmeric for Beauty

From time immemorial turmeric is used for beauty purposes.

  • In India, brides will be treated with turmeric to get glowing skin, weeks in advance. The paste, made with turmeric and green gram flour, will be applied on the body and washed after a few minutes.
  • To remove the stretch marks of pregnant women, turmeric powder mixed with yogurt is applied and washed after five minutes.
  • Pimples and blackheads - A pinch of turmeric powder mixed with one teaspoon of coriander juice is an effective remedy for pimples, blackheads and dry skin.
  • It is used for making kumkum, a red powder used by married women in India in their forehead.

Turmeric uses for Culinary

  • In India, turmeric is used in almost all curries, which gives a good colour and a unique flavor to the dishes.
  • It is also used as a preservative.

Therapeutic uses - Anemia, cancer, diabetes, digestion, food poisoning, gallstones, indigestion, IBS, parasites, poor circulation, staph infections, and wounds. Recent study shows that turmeric can help damaged brain.

Other uses -

  • Spiritual ceremonies at home and in the temple, turmeric is used.
  • Used as a pesticide against ants, insects and termites, by sprinkling the powder at the entry points.


The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies, supplements or starting a new health regime.

History of Turmeric

Turmeric is an ancient spice of India, which was cultivated by Harappan civilization earlier in the 3000 B.C. In the 13th century, Marco Polo, the Italian merchant traveller from Venice, had written about turmeric in his travel - “There is also a vegetable which has all the properties of the true saffron, as well as the color, and yet it is not really saffron.“ India produces approximately 90% of world’s total production of turmeric.

There are approximately 30 varieties of turmeric. Some of the popular varieties in India are 'Alleppey Finger', 'Erode and Salem turmeric’, 'Rajapore turmeric', 'Sangli turmeric', and 'Nizamabad Bulb'.

Turmeric and its uses - in brief

  • Turmeric is an ancient spice used mainly in Indian cuisine. It has got several uses.
  • Apart from cooking, it is also used for beauty purpose and therapeutic purpose.
  • Turmeric is also used for several home remedies.
  • Regular uses of turmeric keeps you away from several health disorders.

Properties of Turmeric

  • Turmeric is rich in dietary fiber, potassium, iron, magnesium and Vitamin B6, and very low in cholesterol and sodium.
  • It has properties like immune boosting and anti-oxidant.
  • According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, turmeric is“5 to 8 times stronger than vitamin E and stronger than vitamin C, this antioxidant breakthrough may help boost your immunity, maintain normal cholesterol levels, and put the brakes on aging.”
  • Other researchers like Jagetia and Aggarwal also reported that turmeric beneficial effects in arthritis, allergy, asthma, atherosclerosis, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, and cancer might be due in part to its ability to modulate the immune system."
  • According to a study published in the Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology, Turmeric is also helpful in preventing Alzheimer's Disease.
  • Another study conducted by Chandran and Goel at Nirmala Medical Center, Kerala, turmeric is helpful in the treatment of Rheumatoid arthritis, with no adverse effects.
  • Another study by the researchers from Cancer Biology Research Center, South Dakota, claim that they found that curcumin treatment suppresses the growth of cervical cancer cells.


Nutritional Value of Turmeric

Value per 100 grams

  • Moisture :13.100 gm
  • Protein : 6.300 gm
  • Fat : 5.100 gm
  • Minerals : 3.500 gm
  • Fibre: 2.600 gm
  • Carbohydrates: 69.400 gm
  • Energy: 349.000 K cal
  • Calcium: 150.000 mg
  • Phosphorus: 282.000 mg
  • Iron: 67.800 mg


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      lex123 2 years ago

      Glad to know you too love turmeric. Thank you for stopping by and adding your encouraging feed back.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      I love tumeric. Good to know how it benefits the body. THanks for sharing this important and valuable information.