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What are Free radicals

What are Free radicals and how Turmeric can help?

By Veena Deo

What are free radicals? This article addresses this and how Turmeric Curcumin could help the human body.

Pollution and excess intake of junk, oily,  spicy foods result in the accumulation of toxins in the human body. These toxins  affect the body’s immunity, digestion, circulation etc. These toxins are the root of cause of many diseases particularly diseases of the skin. As immunity decreases the body becomes a victim of many infectious diseases. For people that are in the lookout for relief from all these toxins there is an herb, which has negligible side effects and  yet has great  detoxifying  properties.

In Ayurveda, many herbs are described with the aforesaid properties. One of them is Turmeric or Curcuma longa or Haldi.

Turmeric is a perennial herb and  a member of the Zingiberacae family. It grows to a height of three to five feet and is cultivated extensively in Asian countries like India, China and  others with a tropical climate.

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Water and fat soluble extracts of Turmeric and its Curcumin component exhibits strong antioxidant activity, which is comparable to vitamins C and  E .

There is substantial data in the literature indicating a great variety of pharmacological properties of Turmeric, which exhibits  anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and  anti-oxidant effects. Curcumin is a major component in Curcuma longa,  and is responsible for its biological actions.

What are Free radicals and how Turmeric helps?

Turmeric acts as an antiseptic, germicidal, carminative, stimulant and tonic agent. According to Kisco et al, the rhizomes of Curcuma Longa exhibited intense anti-hepatotoxic action. Turmeric powder has been found to appreciably increase mucin content of gastric juices in rabbits and it is also indicated that it acts as a therapeutic agent in gastric disorders. Curcuma longa, along with its derivative Curcumin, is known to lower the serum cholesterol and also acts as an antioxidant to scavenge serum peroxides and hence prevent Atherosclerotic changes.

As per Ayurveda, Turmeric has a potential to purify vitiated (impure) blood. Hence, it is useful in alleviating various skin conditions. Due to its detoxifying properties, Turmeric helps to remove toxins  from the body. Hence it is more effective in relieving the symptoms of skin conditions like Acne, itching, burning sensation, rashes etc.

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The mechanism of antioxidant activity of Curcumin was discussed during the 207th National meeting of the American Chemical Society held in March 1994 in San Diego, California.

According to a research by an Anglo American team, Curcumin, isolated from Turmeric, has been proven  to be an excellent scavenger, continuously removing damaging free radicals from the body. (Burke M, Cur cumin’s duel defense against disease, chemistry and industry, 8, 289)

Turmeric extract and the essential oil of Curcuma longa inhibit the growth of a variety of bacteria, parasites and  pathogenic fungi. This also makes it very effective in helping with many skin conditions.

Turmeric’s hepatoprotective effect evidenced in a number of animal studies, suggest that it can be used for suppressing toxins arising from an unhealthy lifestyle and environment. It  increases the  output of bile and its solubility, and helping in treating of gall-stones.

Curcumin as a potent anti-inflammatory herb, shows in animal in-vitro and in-vivo studies, its effectiveness at decreasing  both acute and chronic inflammation.

Herbal products that are a combination of proven rejuvenative herbs like  Curcuma longa, Withania somnifera and Boswellia serrata are available in the market. These products help bolster  immunity and help promote healthy skin and joint pains.

Dr. Veena Deo is an Ayurvedic Doctor in India. All the information provided and supplements above and opinions expressed above are her own and should not be construed as medical advice by Herbal Destination. This information is provided for educational purposes only. For question email at veenadeo@herbsbenefits.com

 

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