Seeing turmeric everywhere recently? It’s popping up in some surprising places–from turmeric lattes at our favorite coffee shops to turmeric cake recipes, turmeric yogurt, turmeric mocktails, and it’s even trending as an ingredient for face masks! It might seem like just a fad, but turmeric is one health trend that is here to stay, and it has actually been here all along.
Turmeric has been used for over 4,000 years to nurture wellness, both inside and out.1 Ayurveda practitioners as early as 250 B.C. used turmeric for digestive support, and other cultures embraced it for liver health and skin benefits, adding it to foods, herbal teas, lotions and creams for centuries.1
So, putting turmeric paste on your face isn’t such a novel idea after all, and there are plenty of other uses for this golden paste, too. In fact, making it into a paste may also boost the internal benefits of turmeric.
Turmeric Paste Benefits
Turmeric offers a very long list of health-promoting benefits. That’s mostly because of an antioxidant compound called curcumin, which is one of three pigments in turmeric known as curcuminoids. Curcumin gives turmeric its bright color, as well as its potent wellness potential. Internally, turmeric is good for digestion and it may be particularly beneficial for cognitive health.1,2 It also supports cardiovascular and joint health, and it’s good for your skin when taken internally or applied externally.1
Digestive Support–Turmeric may provide multifaceted gastrointestinal support. It can help after eating spicy or fattening foods, and it may also help with gas and digestion, and calm muscle movements resulting from digestive issues. Turmeric also contains potassium and magnesium, which may help your body hydrate and regain balance after a bout of stomach upset.3
Antioxidant Support–Curcumin is a carotenoid with robust antioxidant activity, helping the body combat free radical damage and promoting cellular health amidst both environmental stressors and oxidative stress from everyday bodily processes.
Skin Benefits–The antioxidant effects of turmeric carry over to provide skin benefits as well, because the damage from oxidative stress is a major contributor to aging. Turmeric may also help support skin health and exfoliation, giving your skin a healthy glow when applied externally. It’s also used in some sunscreens and commercially available turmeric face creams.1
Mood, Memory and Attention–Recent research from the University of California (UCLA) revealed a positive impact of curcumin on cognitive health, including memory, attention and mood support in healthy, middle-aged or older adults.2 During the study, 40 adults that experienced memory lapses in the past took a highly absorbable form of curcumin known as Theracurmin® in 90 mg doses twice per day for 18 months. Study participants who took the curcumin supplements demonstrated a 28% improvement on memory tests, as well as improvements in mood and sustained attention.