Unlike war, turmeric is actually good for something. In fact, it’s good for a lot of things. From improving your skin to improving weight loss, here all the reasons why turmeric is great for you and your body.

Treating mild depression

There have been many trials on lab animals over the years that have looked into the effects of turmeric on the brain. Many studies have actually found that turmeric can affect the neurotransmitter functions in our brain, which in turn can reduce depressive symptoms.

More recently though, there have been trials conducted on humans which also show promising results. A study from 2014 found that people with major depressive disorder (MDD) who consumed turmeric over a six-week period was equally effective at combating depressive symptoms as fluoxetine – a common anti-depressive drug.

It’s great for your skin

Forget all those overly expensive skin products – turmeric can actually work wonders for your skin. Not only has it been found to improve the natural glow and shine of your skin, but turmeric is also often used to treat skin conditions such as acne.
The best way to use turmeric to enhance your skin is to incorporate it into your face mask routine. You can make a simple face mask with just flour and a bit of milk. Once you’ve made the base, add a bit of turmeric to the mix to create the ultimate face mask for your skin.

Tackling obesity

Regular exercise and a good diet is still the best way to keep healthy, but that doesn’t mean a bit of turmeric can’t help the process.

Turmeric powder has been found to prevent the growth of fat cells by suppressing the activation of specific tissues linked to fat cell creation known as white adipose tissue (WAT).

Various studies also suggest that turmeric can improve the rate of weight loss. In one study, the rate of weight loss was even doubled – without any side effects.

Keeping your cholesterol in check

In a similar vein, turmeric also has the added health benefit of keeping your cholesterol at a healthy level.
LDL cholesterol is bad for your body and its this type of cholesterol than turmeric has been found to combat.
Cholesterol can form in many places in the body, but studies over the years have found that turmeric is great at blocking bad cholesterol build-up in areas such as the liver, gut and in the lining of the arteries.

What’s not to love about turmeric?

Turmeric is more than just a tasty spice to use in your cooking. By incorporating turmeric into your diet, you too can receive all these great health and skin benefits.

Thomas Robson-Kanu

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