Willow Munson, Sophomore
Different health foods come in and out of fashion, and recently I have seen the health benefits of turmeric being advertised everywhere! People are using it in face masks, detox drinks, foods, and even coffee! The question is, why is turmeric the new health craze?
Turmeric Health Benefits
1. Anti-Inflammatory spice
Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory and can reduce heartburn, joint pain, and stomach aches
Turmeric can help prevent and treat cancer. There were studies performed on 44 men who had lesions in the colon which can be cancerous. These men had tumeric every day for a month and at the end of the month their lesions were reduced by 40%. Not only does Turmeric help prevent cancer but it can also help treat it. Studies have shown that turmeric can help stop the growth of cancerous tumors.
3. Wrinkles and aging
Turmeric helps tighten, reduce blemishes, serves as a lightening agent, and evens out the skin tone. When applied to the face on a regular basis, turmeric helps keep the skin tight and young, without any ageing spots. Turmeric also will help lighten undereye circles!
4. Treatment of oily skin
Turmeric helps regulate the production of sebum, an oil produced by our bodies. Sebum is a contributing factor to oily skin, and turmeric helps prevent sebum from over producing and keeping your face moisturized without the grease.
5. Hair benefits
Turmeric can treat dandruff. The spice increases circulation in the scalp helping to reduce dandruff while providing nutrition to hair follicles. Turmeric also can prevent hair loss due protein it possesses, TGF beta-one.
For more information on the health benefits of turmeric visit these websites:
Clear face turmeric face mask
Mix together 1 teaspoon of turmeric, raw honey, plain yogurt, a pinch of cinnamon, and a dash of lemon juice. Apply this mixture to face until dry.
There are many different detox drinks that contain turmeric but this simple recipe has many benefits. Simply add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of turmeric, and a small amount of honey to warm to hot water.
Additive in food
Turmeric is a main spice in many meals, but can also be added to supplement foods. Try adding turmeric to scrambled eggs, a stir fry, omelet, or a frittata!
This recipe is from the following website: Paleo: Tumeric Coffee. Brew 8 ounces of strong coffee with 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and 3/8 teaspoon of ground turmeric. Pour the coffee into a blender with 1 tablespoon grass-fed unsalted butter and 1/2 teaspoon of MCT oil. The addition of raw honey is optional but really adds to the taste. Then pour into a glass and drink up!