Turmeric is basically incredible. It has been used for thousands of years in India as a spice (the yellow pigment of curry is a product of turmeric addition), and as a medicinal herb.

Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric and possesses powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a strong antioxidant. Curcumin accounts for approximately 3% of the weight in turmeric. Unfortunately it is poorly absorbed in the bloodstream so in order to enhance absorption and potential health benefits, it is best consumed in a concentrated extract or supplement as well as combined with black pepper (containing piperine).

An ode to inflammation: short-term inflammation is extremely beneficial as it helps fight foreign invaders. Without inflammation pathogens like bacteria could take over and be fatal. On the flip side, chronic, long-term, or inappropriately deployed inflammatory response to non-foreign tissue is extremely detrimental.

Conditions such as heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s, and various other degenerative conditions can be attributed to chronic inflammation. Curcumin blocks steps in the inflammatory pathway at the molecular level.

Oxidative damage is thought to be a contributor to aging and other diseases. Oxidative damage is caused through free radicals, these are highly reactive molecules with unpaired electrons. Free radicals often react with important fatty acids, proteins, and DNA. Thus, the reason antioxidants are so beneficial! They protect against free radical damage. Because of its chemical structure, Curcumin can neutralize free radicals and enhance the activity of the body’s own antioxidant enzymes.

You are encouraged to consume turmeric regularly and even apply it topically. Turmeric can have anti-inflammatory and reparative properties when simply applied to the skin! Just be wary of the orange pigmentation which may ensue… Don’t leave it on for too long!

Try This Turmeric Face Mask Recipe For Glowing, Beautiful Skin:

Turmeric masks can be particularly beneficial for acne, eczema, and rosacea. Turmeric possesses antioxidant properties so it can also be used for skin rejuvenation. Turmeric can give the skin a more youthful appearance as it helps soften lines and wrinkles.

A Turmeric-based mask can work as a great exfoliator and be quite moisturizing. Use in combination with some kind of milk product (yogurt or milk) to provide additional benefits from lactic acid exfoliation. As well, if combined with honey, the enzymes in raw honey cleanse and clarify the skin because it possesses antifungal and antibacterial properties.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tsp Turmeric
  • 1 Tsp Milk, optional! (if you’re VEGAN try our yogurt recipe here!)
  • 1 Tsp Raw Honey

Method:

  • Simply combine equal parts turmeric, milk (or yogurt), and raw honey for a wonderful facemask!
  • Relax and enjoy for 10 – 15 minutes.
  • Wipe of with a cloth (it will stain!) and/or rinse with warm water to remove mask.
  • Your face will be slightly orange so it is recommended to perform this mask in the evening before bed and exfoliate in the morning.

Natalia Alvarez

Natalia is a student studying Nutritional Sciences and Economics at the University of British Columbia. Natalia became interested in nutrition and medicine while enrolled in the professional program at Goh Ballet Academy. There, she regularly met with Nutritionists to ensure she was eating the right foods to fuel her body and reach the highest level of fitness required.Following dance inflicted injuries, Natalia decided to hang up her pointe shoes and delve into her other passion, the medicine of nutrition.