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The Golden Spice: Turmeric Benefits for Immune System

Bonny Shah

Bonny Shah
08 July 2020

This article is authored by Bonny Shah. Bonny is a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Diabetes Educator.

Every day, we are exposed to a number of harmful environmental pollutants and pathogens. Composed of an intricate network of cells, tissues and organs, our immune system serves to protect our bodies from such potentially damaging agents. There are a number of ways in which we can help our immune systems function better. In this article, we will examine the link between turmeric and immunity.

Turmeric Nutrition

Turmeric or haldi contains a number of essential nutrients like manganese, iron, potassium and vitamin C. A tablespoon of turmeric powder will contain about 29 calories, 6.3 grams of carbohydrates, 0.3 grams of fat, 0.9 grams of protein, 0.3 grams of sugar and 2.1 grams of fibre.

Turmeric Chemical Composition - Curcumin for Immunity

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The bioactive compounds in turmeric consist mainly of curcuminoids and terpenoids. These compounds help turmeric boost the immune system. Curcumin is the major curcuminoid found in turmeric, and has been studied extensively for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also responsible for giving haldi its golden yellow colour. Terpenoids are a class of organic compounds that offer a range of health benefits such as antibacterial, antiviral and antidepressant effects.

Turmeric for Immunity

Numerous studies have been conducted, examining the benefits of turmeric and the immune system. Long-term low-level inflammation has been linked to a variety of degenerative conditions like arthritis, Alzheimer’s and even cancer. The benefits of curcumin for the immune system largely revolve around its potent anti-inflammatory properties.

In recent years, antioxidants have gained a lot of buzz as we learned the connection between oxidative damage and degenerative diseases. The benefits of curcumin in immune system function extend to its antioxidant function. Studies have shown that curcumin is extremely effective at scavenging free radicals, thereby preventing oxidative damage.

One study has shown that turmeric is good for the immune system as it may have cancer-preventing effects. This study was conducted on men with colon lesions that could possibly turn cancerous. For a period of 1 month, 4 grams of curcumin was taken daily and a 40% reduction in lesions was observed.

Make the most of the natural goodness of turmeric - immune system improvement isn’t the only benefit it has to offer. It has also been proven to have anti-ageing benefits.

Turmeric Immune Booster Tonic

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In a saucepan, add 2 cups water, ½ tsp haldi powder, 1 tbsp crushed ginger, the juice of 1 lemon, 2 tsp honey and ¼ tsp black pepper powder. Bring this to a simmer and leave on medium heat for about 3 minutes. Strain and drink warm regularly and allow the goodness of turmeric to boost the immune system.

Along with benefits of turmeric, this tonic contains ginger which may also possess powerful immune boosting properties. Turmeric and ginger can help lower the levels of inflammation, which in turn help improve the immune function. Adding a splash of lemon, which is a good source of Vitamin C, also helps improve immunity. While pepper helps in absorption of curcumin present in the turmeric.

You know the benefits of turmeric for immunity, now make the most of turmeric powder for the immune system with Tata Sampann Turmeric Powder. It is made from carefully sourced turmeric from the fields of Salem and has a curcumin content of minimum 3%. It has all its natural oils intact, which makes it a good choice.

Eat healthy, stay healthy!



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The views and opinions expressed, and assumptions & analysis presented in this content piece are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any other agency, organization, employer or company. The information, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material contained on this website are for informational purposes only. The purpose of this website is to promote broad consumer understanding and knowledge of various health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

 

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Improving The Immune System During Monsoon

Dr. Shweta U. Shah

Dr. Shweta U. Shah
15 September 2020

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah. A practicing homeopath, she follows a patient-centred perspective, emphasizing the benefits of natural remedies and herbs, homeopathy and whole food nutrition.

We all know that the monsoon season is pretty much synonymous with the flu season and you most definitely would want to perk up your immune mechanism all through the monsoons, right? It is extremely vital that your immune system should be strong and your immune response should be on point so that you can battle all the infection causing agents.

Eating certain specific foods all through the rainy season can help increase immunity and stave off bacteria, fungi and viruses from attacking you. Let’s weigh in on what you can do to step up the working of the immune system; what to steer clear off, and what are the best foods to improve your immune system.

Immune Boosting Foods

Top 3 immune-boosting foods for the monsoon

Here are 3 superfoods that can help you increase immunity and keep your immune mechanism in good shape!

1. Garlic: Garlic proffers the enzyme alliinase that converts alliin to allicin - an element that can bolsters the immune mechanism considerably and combats infections successfully. Allicin is most bio-available when consumed raw and importantly, when crushed well before consuming. Chop up a flake of garlic and gulp it down with a glass of water!

2. Turmeric: This golden yellow spice is loaded with a potent antioxidant – curcumin. Curcumin encourages the chief fighting cells of the immune system and ensures that you stay fighting fit. Fortunately, we add powdered haldi to practically all our dishes! You could also crank it up a notch by drinking a cup of haldi doodh every night. Tata Sampann Turmeric Powder is sourced from the fields of Salem and provides 3% curcumin.

3. Lime: Limes contain vitamin C which is very crucial for an optimally working immune system. The vitamin helps fight free radicals, thwarts inflammation and reduces the duration and intensity of infections. Kickstart your day with a glass of lime juice and add loads of freshly squeezed lime to your salads and curries.

3 things to do to rev up the working of the immune system

1. Increase your intake of probiotics: Probiotics help you increase immunity and how! They enhance the amount of good bacteria that is very critical to your overall health. In fact, the probiotics in your gut are associated with a strong immune mechanism. So, make sure you have plenty of dahi everyday – jump-start your day with a yogurt smoothie, add dahi to your gravies and create a new raita daily.

2. Drink plenty of water: You need to drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water per day for your body to work well. Water flushes out all noxious wastes from the body and is needed for the movement of mucus and phlegm – the two strong fences for microbes. It isn’t possible to work an efficient defense system against microbes if you are dehydrated, because water is required for the mucus and phlegm which trap microbes. Hence, ensure that you keep your body well hydrated and drink 8 to 10 glasses of water every day. Don’t wait to feel thirsty; drink water through the day!

3. Work on your stress management techniques: : Stress wreaks complete havoc on your immune system. When you’re under stress, your body releases large amounts of cortisol. This cortisol raises your blood pressure and elevates blood sugar levels and leads to a weakened immunity. Whilst, it is not likely that you will be able to circumvent all the stressors, it is possible to deal with them better. Integrate – a hobby, Yoga, meditation, swimming, Tai Chi or some other stress buster in to your daily schedule. It works miracles!

3 Things to avoid since they decelerate the working of the immune system

1. Excessive sugar consumption: How to Increase Immune SystemThe sugar is being called an anti-nutrient; it has no nutrients of its own, it provides empty calories, and what’s worse is it takes nutrients away from your body. This depletion of vital nutrients compromises the immune system, seriously affecting its capacity to fight off infections. Thus, you need to cut back on your consumption of sugar.

2. A sluggish, sedentary lifestyle: Not exercising regularly unfavourably affects your immune response. Regular exercise has been associated with good immune functioning and lesser episodes of infections and ailments. Exercise boosts blood circulation as well as the movement of lymphatic fluid and thus helps you increase immunity.

3. A diet devoid of fruits: Fruits are contain robust anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals. The immune system needs these powerful elements to wipe out infection causing microbes and prevent infections from striking. Amp up your intake of - apples, mangoes, berries, pineapples, guavas, watermelon – all the fruits that are in season - they help the immune system hunt down injurious invaders. Added bonus – they guarantee you a radiant skin and fabulous hair!

Feeling sick can be really awful. That’s why it is so very essential to look after your immune system. Armed with all this information, you can concentrate on building a good lifestyle routine which will shore up your immune system.

 



DISCLAIMER

The views and opinions expressed, and assumptions & analysis presented in this content piece are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any other agency, organization, employer or company. The information, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material contained on this website are for informational purposes only. The purpose of this website is to promote broad consumer understanding and knowledge of various health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

 

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