Turmeric


Turmeric Health Benefits:
Antioxidants | Anti-inflammatory | Diabetes II | Cardiovascular disorders | Skin | Brain and Neurological | Cancer | Respiratory ailments | Obesity | Anti-aging | Digestion | Alzheimer’s disease | Arthritis | 

Turmeric Nutrition Facts:
Serving size: 100 g
Nutrients Amount
Water 12.85 g
Energy 312 kcal
Protein 9.68 g
Total lipid (fat) 3.25 g
Carbohydrate, by difference 67.14 g
Fiber, total dietary 22.7 g
Sugars, total 3.21 g
Minerals
Calcium, Ca 168 mg
Iron, Fe 55 mg
Magnesium, Mg 208 mg
Phosphorus, P 299 mg
Potassium, K 2080 mg
Sodium, Na 27 mg
Zinc, Zn 4.5 mg
Vitamins
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 0.7 mg
Thiamin 0.058 mg
Riboflavin 0.15 mg
Niacin 1.35 mg
Vitamin B-6 0.107 mg
Folate, DFE 20 µg
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 4.43 mg
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 13.4 µg
Lipids
Fatty acids, total saturated 1.838 g
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 0.449 g
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 0.756 mg
Fatty acids, total trans 0.056 mg

Source: USDA Nutrient Database No. 28
Turmeric Health Benefits:
Antioxidant:
Turmeric contains a very potent antioxidant compound, Curcumin, that has extremely high anti-inflammatory activity and is equivalent to several drugs in the market. It blocks the NF-κB, which is a molecule that can trigger inflammatory response of the cells. This inflammatory compound is responsible for several chronic diseases and its inhibition by Curcumin can reduce the risk of these diseases.

Brain and Neurological:
Brain-derived Neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is an essential molecule in the brain that allows the multiplication and development of the neurons in brain. Decreased levels of this molecule can cause several degenerative diseases and neurological conditions like depression, mood swings etc. Curcumin increases the level of BDNF in brain and delays the effect of these diseases.

Heart Disease:
Curcumin improves the function of the endothelium lining that lines the blood vessels. Endothelial dysfunction is a major factor for the heart diseases and results in blood clots high blood pressure etc. Moreover, this molecule also reduces inflammation and is a potent antioxidant, that further reduces the onset of heart disease.