Tumeric’s all the rage these days, and no wonder. Article after article touts its healing properties, its anti-aging effects, its power against free radicals and inflammation.
Not to mention it adds a scrumptious flavor to foods, and a deep orange tint. What’s not to like?
The body of research into tumeric keep growing, and new and amazing uses for this versatile spice are discovered every day.
Delays the Appearance of Aging
“Curcumin can counteract the pro-inflammatory state,” researchers wrote, “which is believed to participate in many age-related diseases.”
It makes sense that topical application of turmeric may also help delay the appearance of aging on the skin.
In one study, researchers applied a cream with both turmeric and niacinamide in it (niacinamide is a form of vitamin B used in many facial creams), or a cream with just niacinamide, to groups of women aged 40 to 60. They found that after eight weeks, those using the cream with both the turmeric and the niacinamide experienced a 15 percent improvement in fine lines and wrinkles over those using the cream with the niacinamide alone.
In a second study, women aged 25 to 55 were able to reduce the appearance of age spots by an average of 15 percent after eight weeks of using a cream with turmeric twice daily.
Both of these studies were supported by a company marketing the creams, so we have to consider that when looking at the results. As we wait for more research to be completed, though, it makes perfect sense that turmeric in a skin cream would have anti-aging properties.
Tired of age spots and melasma? Turmeric may help.
The spice seems to be able to affect melanin, which is the substance in skin responsible for pigmentation. If you have melasma, you have too much melanin on your cheeks, chin, and forehead. Age spots are also created by too much melanin in one place.
The curcumin in turmeric seems to block the activation of proteins that increase and regulate melanin production. In a 2009 study mentioned earlier, researchers found that curcumin extract not only protected from UV rays, but also prevented the formation of pigmentation caused by UV radiation.
A later 2013 study looked at the ability of curcumin to inhibit “tyrosinase,” which is an enzyme involved in the production of melanin. They found that it did indeed inhibit the activity of the enzyme, at a level comparable to other ingredients used in common products that help prevent hyperpigmentation.
Check out more ways tumeric helps beautify your skin at NutriLiving.
In the meantime, keep looking for ways like these to add turmeric to your cooking. It’s an easy way to make healthy dishes even better!