Bublished by: Parinaz Kallick
You may be familiar with turmeric as a yellow spice used mostly in Indian and Persian cuisine. Turmeric has also been historically used as a healing herb in eastern medicine. Turmeric’s root contains a unique and powerful antioxidant compound called Curcumin, which based on research is able to nourish mind and body. India, which has a high consumption of turmeric, has also a remarkably low cognitive decline. Turmeric effectively supports your brain’s health as you age. It helps your memory and naturally helps your skin complexion for a radiant skin.
Curcumin Effects On skin
Scientific research has proved that free radical oxidative damage is one of the main causes of environmental aging. In general antioxidants helps our body to protect itself against free radicals. Curcumin is a potent antioxidant that has the ability to neutralize free radicals because of their unique chemical structure. Curcumin benefits for skin doesn’t end there ; Curcumin boosts the body’s own antioxidant enzymes to fight free radicals.
Three Ways To Use Turmeric On My Skin
- When I have time and I want to relax with a beauty mask on my face, drinking wine and reading a book, I make a turmeric mask and apply it to my face to make the most of my relaxing time. Turmeric is a spice that is always found in my house because of I am originally Persian and turmeric is one of the must have spices in my kitchen. This is the way I make a turmeric mask at home:
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1tsp coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil
Simply mix both ingredient and apply to your skin.
I usually use extra virgin coconut oil which is be solid at room temperature. If you are doing the same, use less than 1 tsp because it will start to melt on your face after application. After 20-30 minutes rinse your face with your cleanser. I use Savern’s Exfoliating Anti-Aging Cleanser because it is gentle and seals my skin with Antioxidants.
- I add turmeric to my food more often. I eat a lot of yogurt preferably on a daily basis, so I try to mix the some beneficial ingredients that I love to this little healthy mid day snack (such as walnuts and almonds). I add 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric with or without a bit of crushed walnuts to a cup of yogurt. I also try to use turmeric in most of the foods that I cook in my kitchen because it gives the food a nice aroma and taste.
- Of course I never forget to apply skin care that includes turmeric extract. I like Savern’s serum and day cream as a daily moisturizer and antioxidant support.
Curcumin Effect On Brain Function
Many common brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and depression is the result of decreased levels of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF). Curcumin can effectively fight and delay these diseases and boost the brain’s function by increasing the level of BDNF hormone.
Curcumin Effect on The Cardiovascular System
There are various complications that contribute to a heart attack incident. Based on research, one of the causes of heart attack is endothelial dysfunction which involves irregular blood pressure and blood clotting. Studies shows that curcumin helps to improve endothelial function.
There is ongoing research taking place on the benefits of curcumin , such as cancer treatment, depression, and Alzheimer’s disease. I will stay focused on this subject to share any new research about this powerful antioxidant.