With curry as its claim to fame, turmeric has turned into a phenomenon on its own. We can't stop hearing about its health benefits from food bloggers and the health nuts in our circle of friends. The medical world is crazy about it, too. So naturally, we did a little research to find out if it's worth the hype surrounding it. And after trying it ourselves, we're officially convinced.
Based on its benefits alone, it deserves to become a pantry staple! If you're curious about it as well, here are five of its perks that should be enough to convince you to hop on the turmeric bandwagon:
1. It helps heal acne.
Turmeric is widely-known for its powerful anti-inflammatory effects. This is due to the compound curcumin, which is found in the spice. It's also a strong antioxidant, which means it's great for troubled skin. Mix turmeric into your skin care routine with the face mask recipe below:
2. It helps boost your immune system.
Again, turmeric is very anti-inflammatory. It can help you fight off the common cold and flu if taken regularly. Combined with other healthy spices, you'll have the ultimate recipe for a strong immune system. Check out the "wellness shot" formula that Sunnies Studios Creative Director Martine Cajucom shared on Instagram recently:
3. It naturally lowers cholesterol levels.
Studies have shown that the curcumin found in turmeric lowers LDL or "bad cholesterol" in the body. Not to mention, it naturally prevents LDL from pursuing its harmful side-effects.
Side note: it's recommended to consume turmeric with black pepper to help the body absorb it better.
4. It reduces the risk for heart attacks.
Researches from Chiang Mai University found that bypass surgery patients who consumed turmeric extract had less heart attacks than those who only took placebo pills. The anti-inflammatory properties in the spice were credited by the researches in limiting stress in the patients' hearts.
5. It helps prevent arthritis.
If you already have arthritis, regularly consuming turmeric might give you results overtime. However, the spice is recommended more for prevention than treatment. So to those who are afraid of developing joint pain overtime, eat up!