3 MAJOR BENEFITS OF TURMERIC
A traditional Indian spice that has been giving curries a vibrant yellow color for thousands of years, turmeric is also now a staple in every healthy kitchen globally. From turmeric lattes and juices, to popcorn seasoning, turmeric is all the rage right now, and we really can’t get enough. And unlike some health trends, turmeric has the science to back it up: there over 6000 peer-reviewed studies that prove it has real substantial health benefits for the body. While the list is almost endless—really, what can’t turmeric do?!—we’ve compiled the top 3 major benefits of including turmeric into your everyday healthy diet.
- It has anti-inflammatory properties. One of the most widely known benefits of turmeric is its ability to reduce inflammation in the body. This is due largely in part because of the powerful active compound in turmeric, called curcumin. . Curcumin is able to reduce inflammation on a molecular level, by blocking inflammatory molecule Nf-kB. In fact, curcumin has been shown to be more effective than aspirin in reducing pain and inflammation! This is especially important, as chronic inflammation is now thought to be linked to every chronic Western disease—diabetes, heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s—which means that we need to be taking every step we can to eliminate inflammation.
- It’s a potent antioxidant. Our modern lifestyles can create a situation for free radicals—harmful and unstable molecules in the body caused by oxidative stress—to run rampant. Free radical damage, which can be caused from pollution, smoke, alcohol and sugar, is linked to a laundry list of diseases: cancer, accelerated aging and atherosclerosis, to name a few. Due to its high antioxidant content turmeric can neutralize free radicals in the body and prevents oxidative stress from happening. And for an extra kick, not only does turmeric itself contain antioxidants, but curcumin boosts the body’s own antioxidant enzymes.
- It can boost brain function. There are approximately 50 studies that show that turmeric can prevent Alzheimer’s by reducing beta-amyloid, the substance that causes the destruction of the brain, and loss of brain function. Turmeric works by boosting the hormone Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), which is needed for the growth of new neurons and the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases, like Alzheimer’s and dementia. Low levels of BDNF have also been found in people with depression, and a small study found that curcumin was just as effective as an antidepressant in treating depression. And that beautiful yellow color can certainly add a little cheer to your day!
If you want to get the most boost for your buck, you can increase the bioavailability of curcumin (er, make it easier for your body to absorb) by adding black pepper or a healthy fat, like coconut milk, to your turmeric. Piperine, a compound found in black pepper, can increase the absorption of curcumin by 2000%! But no matter how you take it, the important thing is that you do: this bright beauty will have you glowing from the inside out.
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