Turmeric is a spice commonly used in cooking. The flavor is warm and it carries a mild aroma. It was traditionally used for coloring fabric, medicinal purposes and hair and skin care. In its raw form, turmeric looks a bit like ginger and for cooking it’s usually boiled up, dried in the sun and then ground down into a fine powder. The turmeric plant itself is called Curcuma Longa and is mainly found growing in Southeast Asia and India. It’s the root of the plant that is ground up to make the bright yellow turmeric powder that we all may recognize. The unique curcumin compound found within turmeric is the magic ingredient that can alleviate and improve many ailments and conditions.
1. Helps fight free radicals + boosts antioxidants
Antioxidants protect the body from free radicals which are considered a health risk because they attack healthy cells, proteins and DNA. Free radicals can come from a range of sources such as UV rays, diet, exposure to metals, medicines, smoking and the consequences include a negative impact on the appearance of your skin. Oxidative damage is said to be one of the main causes behind aging. Luckily Curcumin is a potent antioxidant which not only neutralizes free radicals but also boosts the activity of your body’s own antioxidant enzymes.
Everyone’s body needs some level of inflammation as it aids the body in fighting foreign bacteria as well as playing a role in repairing damage. In the short term, inflammation is a good thing. Chronic inflammation over the long term is what needs to be avoided. Inflammation of the skin can occur as a result of chronic inflammation and it can not only feel irritating and uncomfortable, but can show up as redness, dullness or blemished skin. For skin appearance and health, it’s hard not to see why it’s so important to prevent inflammation where possible. Curcumin is strongly anti-inflammatory and is so powerful that it can match anti-inflammatory drugs, without the negative side effects.
3. Encourages hair growth + scalp health
Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory powers are a major boost to thinning hair, as it may stimulate growth. “Most hair loss is caused at least on some level due to inflammation,” Gaunitz (Trichologist) says. “Reducing inflammation, in turn, reduces the impact of pattern hair loss or directly inflammatory hair loss on the scalp and hair follicles.”
When we were formulating our beauty supplement Age Defy, we included turmeric as part of the ingredients for the above reasons. Healthy hair, skin and nails starts on the inside on a cellular level. Once internal health is addressed this then pours outward as beautifully healthy hair, skin and nails.