Turmeric is an excellent addition to any anti-ageing beauty and skincare regime and though this colourful orange spice has been used for centuries in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, in recent years, people living in the West have discovered its power as well.
Research shows that curcumin, the active compound in Turmeric, can decrease molecular damage and helps to retain more natural collagen. Its immense antioxidant properties equip it to fight the free radicals which dull your complexion and make it sag and it’s an excellent addition for the treatment of age-related arthritis, as collagen keeps your joints well lubricated.
Scientists have also found that curcumin can lengthen life expectancy, slowing down the symptoms of ageing and warding off the development of age related disease by preventing cellular death (senescence). As so many age-related diseases are triggered by an excess of senescent cells, it could be the key to preventing multiple serious conditions, including cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
Turmeric is a real miracle spice that can be used to treat signs of ageing – on the inside and the outside! Whether taken internally or applied externally, it can help to brighten dull, ageing skin, diminish fine lines and improve skin elasticity. This potent superfood has many applications – as well as mixing it into homemade facial treatments, why not try cooking with it, sprinkling it on salads, or stirring into drinks like lattes or tea?