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What are the benefits of turmeric extract?

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Turmeric extract carries several benefits such as helping fight infections. It also helps treat digestive problems, reduce inflammation and fight some cancers, notes the University of Maryland Medical Center.

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Turmeric roots, bulbs and rhizomes are all used in food and medicine. Turmeric’s food properties are used in cooking to flavor food in Indian and Asian cuisines. It also contains an active component known as curcumin, which has antioxidant properties, notes the University of Maryland Medical Center. As an antioxidant, curcumin naturally lowers enzymes in the body that cause inflammation, therefore reducing health issues that may occur as a result of inflammation such as uveitis, or inflammation of the eye's iris.

In addition, curcumin helps fight infections by fighting free radical molecules that damage cell membranes and interfere with DNA, states the University of Maryland Medical Center. Protecting cells ensures they function properly and fight harmful substances.

Turmeric’s antioxidant property also helps fight some forms of cancer, since it reduces or prevents the damage caused by free radicals in cells. It also helps with treating ulcerative colitis, a chronic disease of the digestive tract, reveals the University of Maryland Medical Center. Additionally, turmeric has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat wounds, liver problems and skin diseases.

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