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Turmeric keeps you looking young

Jul 3, 2015 | 2 min read
Turmeric keeps you looking young

The proven health benefits of turmeric are well known, we've reported on its abilities as a natural pain killer and its role in brain health - further to this, scientific research has established it as beneficial to cardiovascular health, a supporter of healthy cholesterol levels, and a powerful free radical scavenger.

However new research is now showing that turmeric may help keep you looking young - possibly slowing down the rate at which the skin ages.

Turmeric is one of the highest antioxidant-containing spices

Turmeric is one of the highest antioxidant-containing spices on the ORAC scale - ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity and is a scale that measures the amount of antioxidants in foods. It comes in at 6th place ranking just below cloves and cinnamon. Antioxidants protect the integrity of the skin by stopping free radicals from destroying it's texture and elasticity.

Most of us are aware that ultraviolet light (the sun's rays) is a key contributor to the visible signs of ageing - this is why many moisturisers and foundation products are fortified with an SPF. The powerful antioxidant properties of Turmeric also protect the skin from the damaging effects of ultraviolet light. 

Turmeric's anti-ageing power extends beyond it's antioxidant properties 

Research has shown that Turmeric's anti-ageing power extends beyond it's antioxidant properties though, with studies indicating it inhibits the functioning of a key enzyme called elastase. Elastase reduces the ability of elastin from forming and Elastin is a protein, along with collagen, needed to keep the skin smooth and pliable as well as helping it to keep it in it's original position when pinched or wrinkled. In fact, turmeric, in vitro, may inhibit elastase by up to 65%.

So do you think it's time to start adding this yellow spice to your beauty regimen? Start cooking with it or take a supplement!

» Categories: Health News, Women's Health

1 Comment

Sep 11, 2015
The lady's face-washing action conveys the idea that there is a use of Turmeric involved somewhere, whereas your note goes on about taking a supplement. Has the writer only ONE AGENDA? - push your product. Heard of the Indian custom of brides/groom having a "PITHI" (+ fresh curd & essences) ceremony previous to wedding ceremony?
Replied to on: Sep 15, 2015
Thank you for your comment. The image was simply selected to fit with the article theme of freshness and youth, but it's great to hear about the Pithi ceremony too.
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