Over the years, turmeric has become a buzzword for optimal health. Everywhere you look, online and in print, turmeric is praised as a miracle ingredient. It’s fair to say that turmeric has gained “superfood status” and recognition for its health properties – and rightly so! It has been proven to be effective in reducing menstrual pains and premenstrual symptoms, amongst other things.
Much like our PMS guide, we know how uncomfortable being on your period can be. That’s why we thought it would only make sense to discuss what makes turmeric so special and why you should try it to improve menstrual health.
What’s so special about turmeric?
Turmeric is loaded with curcumin, which is the main active ingredient. It is curcumin that gives the spice its distinctive golden-yellow colour and is known for its anti-inflammatory effects and antioxidant properties. It is this compound that makes turmeric especially beneficial.
What does it do?
Reduces inflammation – Curcumin contains anti-inflammatory properties, which means that it works in the same way as anti-inflammatory medication would. However, turmeric does not pose the same risk of possible side effects as anti-inflammatory medication.
Improves mood – One of the more severe symptoms of PMS are anxiety and depression. In fact, premenstrual dysphoric disorder is the name given to a condition where women experience severe depression during their menstrual cycle. The reason for this is because the change in hormone may also negatively affect mood. According to studies, the curcumin found in turmeric has been found to improve mood and reduce stress.
Reduces pain – The majority of women experience some form of menstrual cramps and for some, these cramps can be debilitating and a massive disruption to daily life. Curcumin contains anti-inflammatory properties that reduce the production of prostaglandins, hormones which affect pain in the body.
Reduces PMS symptoms – Likewise, curcumin is thought to effectively reduce symptoms of PMS. A study published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine in 2015 showed that amongst women who were given curcumin, their PMS symptoms significantly reduced.
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