“A pinch of turmeric in a glass of warm milk keeps sicknesses away” is something we’ve all heard before. After all, it’s an age old Indian tradition and a popular “Dadi ma ka gharelu nuska” (read: grandmother’s home remedy) for common colds. In the current age, it is gaining popularity across the globe as a health drink, especially for its anti-cancerous properties. Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin, which has strong antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that are believed to help fight diabetes and cancer among other lifestyle diseases.
Today, several health enthusiasts advocate the consumption of 1 cup of turmeric water every morning. And here are the reasons why you shouldn’t miss out!
1. It Controls Diabetes
Diabetes is one of those lifestyle diseases that occur in people who lead a stagnant life. Today, with the kind of life we lead we are very susceptible to this disease. And if we are not careful enough we soon start gaining weight, which leads to high cholesterol or blood pressure, which then leads to diabetes. It is not an immediate life-threatening disease; however, if left untreated, it can lead to several physical complications.
Studies have revealed that turmeric can help decrease glucose levels in the blood, thereby stabilizing sugar levels. This helps diabetics manage their disease better. For those who are pre-diabetics also, turmeric helps delay or keep away diabetes (1). So, a cup of turmeric water early in the morning is all you need to include in your diet to manage diabetes.
2. It Improves The Health Of Our Brain
With so much information to process every day of our lives we tend to pressurize our brain to take in and remember more and more each day. When we sleep our body gets adequate rest, which helps regenerate lost strength. However, our brain is still active even when we are asleep.
As we grow older, along with other organs, our brain also starts to age. So, it is equally important to take care of our brain like we take care of our body. While regular memory exercises help, we also need to feed our brain with healthy supplements. Turmeric, with its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties considerably increases the cognitive functions of our brain, thus strengthening our memory power (2).
3. It Eases The Pain Of Arthritis
One of the most common condition that humans of all ages have is arthritis in various forms. However, most of the time, since the pain associated with arthritis appear intermittently, we tend to ignore this disease and dismiss it lightly. If ignored, however, apart from causing immense pain, this disease can also lead to disability in the later years.
For arthritis as well turmeric is the organic answer! Researchers have found that turmeric, due to its anti-inflammatory effect, helps correct the immune system, prevents joint pain and swelling, and enhances joint functions (3), (4).
4. It Fights Cancer
Of late cancer has become too common for comfort. Almost every other person we meet is either fighting cancer, knows someone who has cancer, or has overcome cancer in the past. And the scary truth is that it is the world’s 2nd leading cause of death. Common belief is that tobacco, alcohol, poor eating habits are some of the factors that lead to cancer; however, there is not solid proof as to why, how or when cancer strikes.
Several studies on cancer have revealed that curcumin, one of the compounds found in turmeric, does contain anti-cancerous properties (5). Turmeric has the ability to kill cancerous cells and prevent them from multiplying.
5. It Prevents Heart Disease
Our heart continuously pumps blood and oxygen throughout our body, an organ we need to carefully take care of every day and maintain its health. Apart from smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol adds to the risk of heart disease. We also cannot ignore our unhealthy eating habits, which is one of the leading causes of heart disease. In our fast life, it sometimes seems like a herculean task to keep a check on what we are eating every day.
Yet, again, turmeric is our savior! Studies show that turmeric has the properties to unclog blocked arteries and even prevent formation of plaque in the arteries, reducing the risk of heart disease significantly. Consuming just a mere 4 grams of turmeric every day reduces the possibility of a heart attack.
So, has all this information made you excited about starting your own morning-turmeric-water regime? Well, here is how you can quickly make yourself a cup of turmeric water yourself:
Squeeze half a lemon into a cup of warm water, add ½ a teaspoon of turmeric into it and stir well. Your cup of turmeric water is ready to drink! And if you like it sweet, then add a spoon of organic honey and stir until it’s mixed well.
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