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Health 24 April 2020
By: Natasha Tanga

How Turmeric May Help You Prevent and Fight Virus Infections

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Curcuma longa, widely known as turmeric, is a native Indonesian herb. Its fragrant smell and deep golden-yellow hue is commonly used to spice up Indonesian cooking. However, turmeric is also useful as a healing herb. Curcumin, active ingredient in turmeric, is known to maintain digestive health, as well as curative aid for some common illnesses. On this week's journal, we will shed some light on this wonder herb, as well as highlighting its benefits for your immunity. Read on!

1. Rich in antioxidant

According to research, turmeric is a good source of antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Active component in turmeric is called curcumin, and is able to protect the brain against dementia and damage caused by viral infections. A study have shown that curcumin encourages the production of bilirubin, a powerful antioxidant. This is why curcumin is also known to clean the body from free radicals, strengthen the body's immune system, as well as improving the body's response to infections.

2. Reduces inflammation

As previously mentioned, turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which could help protect against illnesses caused by bacteria and viruses, as well as decreasing pain from chronic inflammation. Research have shown that turmeric is an effective aid to reduce joint pain caused by arthritis, reduce muscle pain due to exercise, as well as improving overall physical function. Some studies even note that turmeric may act as effective as anti-inflammatory meds like ibuprofen and aspirin.

3. Aids immunity

Nowadays, a lot of people opt for immune-boosting supplements to help reduce risks of contracting illnesses caused by bacteria and viruses. Turmeric can be one of your primary option, as it can enhance immunity and reduce symptoms.

Studies have shown that curcumin is loaded with anti-viral properties and can help reduce the severity of virus infections, particularly influenza virus. Curcumin can reduce viral replication by over 90 percent in infected cells, and at the same time protect other cells from becoming infected with the virus. This makes turmeric one of the best options for preventing and treating influenza naturally, as it can reduce replication process in viruses and other microbes.

Turmeric can be taken in powder or capsule form, and acts as both supplement and aid for various illnesses. Relief Sari Kunyit from Herbana can be your primary choice to ensure healthy digestion as well as improved immunity. 

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