We often associate curry with Indian or middle eastern food–but did you know that curry has numerous health benefits, including the alletivation of anxiety, the treatment of digestive problems, and even the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease? In addition to these important health benefits, research has found that the consumption of curry can lead to several beauty benefits. This article discusses 3 ways in which curry can increase your beauty. Try them out today!
What Is Curry?
Before you can completely understand all of the health benefits associated with curry, it is important that you understand how curry is made. Curry is not a ingredient in and of itself, but is rather a combination of a variety of different ingredients. While curries range in ingredients depending on the region from which they come, most typically contain tumeric, cinnamon, pepper, allspice, anise, cardmom, asafetida, clovers, chili peppers, cumin and coriander. While curry has a variety of different types of health benefits, recent research has also found that when eaten regulary, curry is able to provide many beauty benefits.
1. Helps in the Treatment of Burns or Scars
One of the main ingredients found in curries around the world is tumeric. This is what gives curry its distinctive yellow color. For years, tumeric has been used as a treatment for cuts and burns–not only does tumeric contain antiseptics that can prevent infection, but researchers have also found that tumeric is actually able to treat and prevent the development of scars associated with cuts and burns. While there is strong evidence that eating tumeric can treat these conditions, more research is needed to determine if topically applied tumeric can provide the same results.
2. Prevention of the Development of Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Another main ingredient in curry is cinnamon. While cinnamon is commonly added to teas to promote sleep and the alleviation of anxiety, research has found that cinnamon may be especially important in the prevention of fine lines and wrinkles. Cinnamon contains high quantities of natural antioxidants, which fight free radicals. Free radicals have been found to be a main culprit in the development of wrinkles and fine lines–and therefore, by eliminating free radicals, you should see a reduction in the number of fine lines and wrinkles. Like tumeric, there is not enough current research to suggest that applying cinnamon topically provides the same beauty benefits as achieved with the consumption of cinnamon.
3. Healthy Hair and Nails
Finally, cumin, which is another common ingredient is curry, has been found to be great for promoting the development of strong, shiny hair and healthy nails. Unlike tumeric and cinnamon, research has found that when applied topically, cumin may actually be of some help to dry, damaged hair and nails due to its ability to sink into the follicle of the hair and the nail bed. Look for products that contain cumin and apply according to directions in order to achieve optimal results. A salon or beauty school will be able to offer suggestions on the best products available for your needs.