Turmeric or the Indian saffron is known for its tremendous healing and nurturing powers. Not only does it offer vital protection to combat the stress of modern living but also offer specific support for female health conditions.
Turmeric has a rich active compound called curcumin with powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immune-strengthening properties that can be a wonderful support for women's hormonal balance at all life stages.
Here are some of its benefits for supporting women health
Premenstrual Symptoms and Cycle Balance
A build-up of the hormonal estrogen or hormonal imbalances is what results in women experiencing an irregular cycle, extended cycles (more than 36 days in length), heavy periods, painful periods, PMS, weight gain or acne.
This excess of estrogen is significantly influenced by the efficiency of the liver to break-down or eliminate this build-up. Turmeric helps support the liver function and plays a good function in moderating hormonal balance thereby regulating periods.
Turmeric for Thyroid
Long-term hormonal imbalances of the hormonal glands cause excess inflammation in the thyroid gland and intestinal leakage.
Curcumin, the most studied active ingredient in turmeric, has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-bacterial, and antiviral activity, all of which can provide benefits to those suffering from thyroid and Hashimoto-s-related symptoms. Turmeric also increases bile flow, and aids in digestion that helps with break down of fats and absorption of the healthy fatty acids from food. These fatty acids help support women hormonal balance and reproductive health.
PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome)/ PCOD
PCOD (Polycystic Ovarian Disease) or PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) has affected a lot of women worldwide. PCOD is characterised by multiple small cysts in the ovaries. It makes the ovary enlarged and leads to excessive production of estrogen hormones causing many issues such as painful and heavy periods, irregular or absent cycle, weight issues, low energy and fertility challenges. All these symptoms are as a result of inflammatory chemicals called cytokines.
Turmeric has biochemical components that manage the overproduction of these inflammatory cytokines, making turmeric a superior spice for the management of PCOS and endometriosis.
Turmeric for Pregnancy
Turmeric makes a nourishing accompaniment with a good diet. It provides specific vitamin and mineral support for women looking to safe-guard their eggs and support their fertility.
In traditional Eastern medicine, it is also classified as a warming herb or spice, often used to increase warmth and blood flow to the pelvic area. This in turn, supports essential nutrients travelling to the lower body to support a healthy womb environment.Having said that turmeric shouldn't be used in high medicinal amounts as it might promote a menstrual period or stimulate the uterus, putting the pregnancy at risk.