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Wonder Spice: Understanding How Turmeric Boosts Health

Turmeric is a yellow-orange powder that comes from an Asian plant of the ginger family. It smells slightly of ginger and orange and has a spicy, earthy flavor that compliments numerous meals and beverages. A little-known fact about turmeric is that it boasts numerous health benefits. Here are a few ways part-time caregivers in The Grand Strand can add turmeric to their loved one’s diets and a handful of its health benefits.

Preparing the Spice

Turmeric has many popular uses, which are known to heal and improve both major and minor health problems. It may be combined with other natural ingredients to boost its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Here are a few ways your loved one can use it:

  • Tea – Helps boost brain health, improve sleep, and prevent Alzheimer’s.

  • Facemask – Topically applying the spice to the skin reduces inflammation in eczema. It also reduces small pimples and redness related to rosacea.

  • Milk – Milk combined with manganese, iron and antioxidants in turmeric may be used as either a lotion or drink. This milk aids in fighting skin-damaging free radicals and as a drink, it reduces cough and cold symptoms.

  • Paste – Relief of itching and pain due to poison ivy, chickenpox and burns may be achieved by mixing aloe vera gel with turmeric.

Preventing Health Problems

Turmeric aids in the management and prevention of several illnesses. Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties contribute to these and other health benefits, including the following:

  • Diabetes – The spice assists in decreasing blood glucose levels.

  • Cancer – Fights prostate and many other forms of cancer. Curcumin in turmeric is an anti-cancer nutrient, which aids in killing cancer by altering DNA regulation.

  • Heart health – Promotes heart health by aiding in the breakup the cholesterol that block arteries. It also helps prevent stroke and heart attack.

  • Alzheimer’s – The spice’s anti-inflammatory properties have been shown to prevent Alzheimer’s.

There are many nutrient-dense foods and beverages that can benefit senior health. To learn more about these and other aspects of senior health, reach out to Home Care Assistance of The Grand Strand, SC. Our highly trained caregivers promote senior health and wellbeing by helping clients adopt healthy lifestyle choices pertaining to diet and exercise. Additionally, we help seniors with all aspects of daily life including housekeeping, running errands, and personal care. Call an experienced Care Manager at (843) 353-3105 today to learn more and schedule a free in-home consultation.