Fight Diabetes With Turmeric June 14, 2015

Turmeric. We have all read many many things on how it helps cure so many ailments. And for diabetes, people just wont stop talking about it! Do you wonder why it is so beneficial? That is what this article is about! We’ll tell you all about that. But before that we have a little we want to share with you on turmeric and diabetes.

Turmeric

A native of South Asia, turmeric is hailed for its culinary and medical benefits since ancient times. It is the root or rhizome of Curcuma Longa which is a perennial plant of the ginger family. The prime constituent of this herb is curcumin which renders the dark orange-yellow color, slightly bitter and hot taste and the mustard-like aroma to this spice. It is a highly acclaimed spice and is used extensively in cooking, especially in Indian cuisine, because of its taste and exotic fragrance; as an effective colouring or dying agent which renders the yellow shade to clothes, threads, foodstuff etc; and is also considered scared and used in ceremonial practices in the Hindu and Buddhist religion.

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Apart from its culinary, industrial and ceremonial usages turmeric has immense therapeutic and medicinal benefits. This rhizome is packed with healing benefits and medicinal properties that help in treating diseases like allergies, aches, infections, inflammations, heart problems, osteoarthritis, indigestion, diabetes etc, effectively. It holds a vital importance in traditional medicinal treatment system like Ayurveda and the Chinese medicine system.

Turmeric is available in the form of a rhizome, powder, capsule, tincture and oil. It does not generally have any side effects and is considered safe for consumption. However, turmeric supplements, if consumed in inappropriate quantities or in certain incompatible conditions, can have ill effects like ulcers, stomach troubles, acne etc. Consumption of this spice should also be avoided by breastfeeding mothers, pregnant women and patients who are supposed to undergo a surgery etc.

[ Read: Benefits of Turmeric ]

Diabetes

Diabetes Mellitus, better known as diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases which disturb the glucose or sugar level in the blood. This is mainly caused by either insufficient production of insulin in the body which leads to Type 1 diabetes or the body’s irresponsiveness towards insulin which results in Type 2 diabetes.

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Turmeric For Diabetes

Turmeric is known to display amazing curative properties in treating diabetes. Antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-glycaemic properties associated with curcumin in this spice help to regulate insulin in the body, control and balance blood sugar and triglyceride levels, prevent the development of insulin resistance or insulin sensitivity, boost immunity, prevent infections and inflammations, reduce body fat and stress, and thus help in curing and preventing diabetes.

Turmeric is available in the form of a rhizome, powder, capsule, tincture and oil. It does not generally have any side effects and is considered safe for consumption. However, turmeric supplements, if consumed in inappropriate quantities or in certain incompatible conditions, can have ill effects like ulcers, stomach troubles, acne etc. Consumption of this spice should also be avoided by breastfeeding mothers, pregnant women and patients who are supposed to undergo a surgery etc.

Turmeric can help in treating and relieving diabetes in the following ways:

1. Improves General health:

The presence of antioxidants and phytonutrients in turmeric help in treating an array of diseases to improve the general health and wellness of the masses. This herb thus aids in strengthening the immune system (1), prevents health problems to ensure a healthy body which can combat diseases like diabetes efficiently and effectively .

2. Boosts immunity:

The antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-glycaemic properties of curcumin present in this herb help to fight and prevent diseases by bettering and strengthening the immune system of the body and thus also aid in the prevention of diabetes (2).

3. Regulates insulin levels:

Pancreas is responsible for producing insulin in the human body. The anti-glycaemic property of turmeric helps to maintain the proper functioning of the pancreas, regulate and balance insulin levels, prevent development of insulin resistance in the body, lower the blood sugar and triglyceride levels, thereby helping to treat diabetes effectively. (3)

4. Reduces unwanted body fat:

Being overweight or the problem of obesity is a risk factor for diabetes. Curcumin helps to control triglyceride and cholesterol levels in the body, balance blood sugar and glucose levels, improve digestion, eliminate and prevent accumulation of harmful fats, thereby helping to treat issues of obesity, bloating and unwanted weight gain to further prevent the resultant onset of diabetes (4).

5. Prevents infections and inflammations:

Certain pathogens like the virus Coxsackie B4 are believed to trigger Type 1 diabetes in humans. The antiviral, antibacterial and other antibiotic properties of turmeric help to treat and prevent these infections and thereby aid avoiding diabetes. Turmeric also helps to cure metabolic and inflammatory diseases which are responsible for causing high blood sugar problems (5).

[ Read: American Diabetes Association Diet ]

So these are the tumeric and diabetes health benefits! Hope this helped. Do leave us a comment.

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  • Aatika Omar

    what about for the heavy menstrual bleeding those who have PCOS actually my bleeding prolong sometimes for many days so im taking to stop it ,is it ok ? , Im taking turmeric in water and its helping me

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

      Hi Aatika, turmeric is known to decrease intensity and pain experienced during periods.Turmeric’s antispasmodic action can help with menstrual cramps. While there are many medicines available today for this problem, but using turmeric can provide a great natural choice. Turmeric is one herb which brings back uterus back in proper shape and functioning. Turmeric can be consumed daily in diet as curries or rice preparations, soups or even with milk or water. Undoubtedly turmeric consumption reaps many benefits but it is necessary to take a health practitioner’s advice to know the right dosage of turmeric.