I’ve recently been doing a lot of research into the health benefits of turmeric. Growing up, we mainly ate South Asian food, and turmeric features quite heavily in almost any dish, so I probably consumed turmeric in some form or other on a daily basis. Not only that, but my mother used to make turmeric presses to treat wounds and injuries. As a teenager I used to hate it, it would leave my skin all yellow and it would wreck my clothes. I never really paid attention to why it was good for me and what the actual health benefits of turmeric are, until recently when my health started deteriorating.
Fibromyalgia has essentially turned my life upside down over the course of the last 7 months. I had a very bad flare up that lasted a good few months, and while I’m in a better place now post diagnosis, I still struggle with pain on a daily basis. I’m regularly graced by the presence of new symptoms, whether it’s shooting pain in my shins or the twitching of muscles that I didn’t even know I had. I’m learning to deal with the pain, but I’m also still constantly looking for natural ways to reduce my pain levels and in the long run, reduce my reliance on medication that comes with it’s own terrifying list of side effects.
Growing up, my mom would always prefer to use her own natural remedies on us. That’s not to say that she didn’t approve of western medicine, but she was a firm believer that we would always explore natural remedies first. These days, however, taking pills for everything has become a knee jerk reaction for me, as I imagine it is for most people. I didn’t realise how much of a problem that actually is, until I started taking medication that has enough side effects to impact how I live my life.
While there is nothing to suggest that turmeric has any sort of impact on Fibromyalgia, there is also nothing to suggest that it doesn’t! Arthritis research suggests that turmeric has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, which can reduce the inflammation and stiffness associated with arthritis. So there is a chance that it could also have a positive impact on Fibromyalgia. Certain studies actually indicate that it produces similar results to NSAIDs (such as ibuprofen).
But treating arthritis and helping reduce pain are not the only health benefits of turmeric. There is also research suggesting that this miracle spice could help manage/treat a whole range of other ailments.
Other health benefits of turmeric:
- treatment of stress and depression
- improved brain function
- prevention of heart disease
- treatment of cancer
- treatment of Alzheimer’s
- healing of wounds
- treatment of skin conditions
- treatment of allergies
- aid in weight loss
Beyond this, there is very early research to indicate that there are a number of other things that turmeric may potentially be good for as well, such as water retention, diabetes and inflammatory bowel disease. While it is clear that a lot more research is needed to fully understand the health benefits of turmeric and the uses of it, at least we know that there ARE real benefits to it.
I have now started having turmeric milk every day and am hoping to soon see the anti-inflammatory benefits of it, but I’d be keen to hear about your experiences. Have you tried it as an alternative remedy for anything? Have you found it effective?
Note: do not consume turmeric if you’re allergic to it. I’d recommend doing your own research into the benefits of turmeric, before you leap into it.