Turmeric, the spice that gives curry its yellow colour, contains a compound called curcumin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Studies have shown that curcumin in turmeric can be beneficial in improving cholesterol levels, osteoarthritis symptoms, and even improve the appearance of the skin.
High cholesterol. Research suggests that taking turmeric extract by mouth (500 mg) twice daily for 3 months reduces total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL or "bad") cholesterol, and triglycerides in overweight people with high cholesterol.
Osteoarthritis. Some research shows that taking turmeric extracts (500 mg) 2-4 times daily can reduce pain and improve function in people with osteoarthritis. In some research, turmeric worked about as well as ibuprofen (Advil) for reducing osteoarthritis pain.
For centuries, brides in India have used turmeric and gram flour (garbanzo bean flour) as the base for an effective body scrub that leaves the skin smooth. To make a facial mask that will even out your skin tone, reduce puffiness, soften the appearance of wrinkles, and reduce acne, blend
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 2 tsp rice flour (or garbanzo bean flour, or even finely ground oats)
- 3 tbsp plain yogurt
Apply it to a clean face, leave to dry about 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse. Twice-weekly treatments are recommended for maximum benefits.
Turmeric Health Benefits, submitted by Harpal Dadi, Magna Employee