For thousands of years, humans have used turmeric for its wide-ranging medicinal effects. In ancient Indian medicine, called “Ayurveda,” turmeric is an important cultural and medicinal centerpiece.
In the past few decades, modern science has caught up with ancient tradition and validated turmeric’s usefulness. In fact, turmeric seems to surpass all expectations. Research has detailed the herb’s astonishing health-boosting effects.
The Virtues of Turmeric
We can start with turmeric’s ability to powerfully fight oxidative stress and inflammation.
Inflammation and oxidative stress are involved in the initiation and/or progression of most health disorders. Considering this, it makes sense that turmeric is able to fight the symptoms of many health problems in various ways.
According to researchers, compounds in turmeric “aid in the management of … metabolic syndrome, arthritis, anxiety” and may be able to fight many of the ill-effects of dozens of other health issues 1,2.
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Can Turmeric Help Fight Yeast Infections?
Research on turmeric’s yeast-killing abilities includes its ability to kill Candida, which is the group of yeasts responsible for vaginal yeast infections. Candida can grow out of control in our bodies.
In laboratory tests, curcumin (a component of turmeric) effectively killed all 14 tested strains of Candida3. Although curcumin was not as effective as a pharmaceutical antifungal drug in this study, it still packed an impressive punch. Curcumin can also fight Candida’s ability to attach and settle in a spot, which is an important part of its survival 4.
Some yeasts use metals like iron and copper to promote their own growth, and curcumin can actually penetrate into the yeast cell and grab these metals, causing the yeast to die 5!
Curcumin could be useful in fighting yeast infections in humans, although we need further study! In addition to laboratory tests, researchers have tested curcumin against Candida taken from AIDS patients, and it was effective in fighting the disease 11. Curcumin has also been effective in killing yeast in animals 11.
Turmeric Holds Promise
Aren’t you impressed with all the evidence on the turmeric component curcumin?
Most of the research has focused on curcumin and not turmeric (the whole herb), but you can be sure that turmeric has many of the same benefits of a number of therapeutic compounds.
The takeaway is that this amazing herb holds great promise for many health complaints, including yeast infections. Without a doubt, it’s a super healthy herb to include in your diet.
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