Turmeric, the rhizome of the Curcuma domestica or Curcuma longa plant has been used in Ayurvedic Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine for over a thousand years. Studies have shown turmeric to be effective because of the curcumin in it. Western medicine is now seeing the health benefits of turmeric. It’s been shown to improve circulation, promote digestion, and relieve pain.
Benefits of Turmeric for Circulation
Turmeric is said to increase circulation by stimulating blood flow and reducing blood clotting. The curcumin in turmeric improves the function of the lining of the blood vessels, which is vital for regulating blood pressure. The curcumin in turmeric also reduces oxidation and inflammation, which is important for circulatory and heart health.
Turmeric extract has been known to lower cholesterol levels and remove bad cholesterol from the body. The curcumin in turmeric is also said to stimulate LDL reception and inhibit platelet aggregation. All these properties help improve circulation.
urmeric promotes digestion by soothing any inflammation in the digestive tract, relieving flatulence, and acting as an anti-spasmodic, which relieves cramping. Its anti-inflammatory properties help people with indigestion and a host of other digestive issues. Turmeric is an antioxidant that helps the liver process metabolic wastes and toxins while its astringent characteristics tone the digestive tract in general. Turmeric can be used for relieving stomach ulcers because it can tone the surface of the ulceration, decrease inflammation, stop bleeding, and help prevent infection.
The curcumin in turmeric stimulates the gallbladder to release bile. Turmeric supports the bile ducts and liver by improving bile flow. By preventing toxins from being converted to compounds that can damage the liver, turmeric rejuvenates liver cells, cleanses the liver, and helps overall liver function.
Benefits of Turmeric for Pain Relief
Turmeric has been used effectively as a pain reliever without the severe side effects of over-the-counter medications. Turmeric is often used to help reduce arthritis pain. It is used both internally and externally for pain. Turmeric, taken internally, stops nerve endings from communicating pain to the brain. Taken externally as a paste directly on sore joints and sprains, it can also relieve pain. Its effectiveness as a pain reliever is why we use it as one of the ingredients in X-Jow Pain Gel.