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Turmeric is a spice grown in India and other tropical regions of Asia. This spice is known for its distinct yellow color in Indian and other Asian curries. Unknown to the Western World, this wonder spice has been used medicinally for over 4,000 years in Asian countries, such as China, India and Indonesia! It has been used orally to treat a whole slew of ailments such as indigestion, ulcers, ulcerative colitis, osteoarthritis, arteriosclerosis, jaundice, bile, fevers, and gallstones.

Skin Benefits

Turmeric has been used for centuries for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to treat a variety of skin conditions such as eczema, acne and psoriasis. Women in India swear by turmeric and continue to use it regularly as a face pack (at least twice weekly) in their skincare regimes to keep their skin smooth, young and radiant! Recently, turmeric has gained some exposure as a skin treatment when Dr. Oz discussed using turmeric on the face for skin redness, wrinkles and age spots on his show. A Turmeric Mask is another great, natural option in managing skin redness, wrinkles and age spots.

Try ReNude’s Turmeric Mask to your face and enjoy all these benefits! Turmeric Antioxidant Mask

Medicinal Benefits

Turmeric is well known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant action. The benefits are endless, and many of them are still unknown.

Animal and laboratory studies have found that curcumin, an antioxidant that is an active ingredient in turmeric, demonstrated some anti-cancer effects in the lab. But human research is needed to determine curcumin’s role in cancer prevention and treatment in people. Several types of cancer cells are inhibited by curcumin in the laboratory, and curcumin slows the growth and spread of some cancers in some animal studies. Clinical trials are underway to find out if it can help humans as well.

Curcumin is being studied to find out whether it helps other diseases such as arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and stomach ulcers. It is also being studied to see whether it can help lower “bad cholesterol” and improve outcome in kidney transplants. A few early studies have been done in humans, but much more human research is still needed to find out if curcumin can be effective in these uses.

In herbal medicine, turmeric is used to treat indigestion, ulcers, ulcerative colitis, osteoarthritis, arteriosclerosis, jaundice, bile fevers, and gallstones. It is not recommended to consume it during pregnancy or the nursing period.

Other Beliefs and Benefits

Some believe turmeric may prevent and slow the growth of a number of types of cancer, particularly tumors of the esophagus, mouth, intestines, stomach, breast, and skin. Turmeric is promoted mainly as an anti-inflammatory herbal remedy and is said to produce fewer side effects than commonly used pain relievers. Some practitioners prescribe turmeric to relieve inflammation caused by arthritis, muscle sprains, swelling, and pain caused by injuries or surgical incisions. It is also promoted as a treatment for rheumatism and as an antiseptic for cleaning wounds. Some even claim turmeric interferes with the actions of some viruses, including hepatitis and HIV.

Supporters also claim that turmeric protects against liver diseases, stimulates the gallbladder and circulatory systems, reduces cholesterol levels, dissolves blood clots, helps stop external and internal bleeding, and relieves painful menstruation and angina (chest pains that often occur with heart disease). It is also used as a remedy for digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, Crohn’s disease, and illnesses caused by toxins from parasites and bacteria.

Because lab studies suggest that curcumin can help slow the growth of cancer cells, some people say that it can do the same in humans.

Also see Turmeric for Beauty? for more information on turmeric and your skin!