Turmeric Health Benefits
Turmeric is truly an ancient spice. It is native to Southeast Asia and has been used for thousands of years as a dye, an ingredient in cooking and also for medicinal purposes. Today, as science is beginning to catch up with the age-old secrets of turmeric, and we are becoming more aware of turmeric health benefits, this little spice is growing in popularity. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin and it is known to have very powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Here are 5 proven benefits –
- Anti-inflammatory : The most powerful aspect of curcumin is its ability to control inflammation. It is becoming more widely used in the treatment of conditions such as Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and other degenerative joint diseases.
- Anti-oxidants: Curcumin is a powerful anti-oxidant that is able to neutralize free radicals. It has 13 times higher levels of anti-oxidants than blueberries.
- Liver Support: Turmeric is a great liver tonic and is good for digestion. The ingestion of turmeric helps increase bile flow from the gallbladder to the intestines, which is essential for the process of breaking down dietary fats. This, in turn is also beneficial for weight control.
- Supporting brain function: Curcumin boosts levels of BDNF which is a brain hormone that increase the growth of new neurons and fights different degenerative processes in the brain. Research into its effect on Alzheimer’s disease is currently underway.
- Skin benefits: Due to its antiseptic and antibacterial properties, turmeric is effective in the treatment of acne. Turmeric applied to the face on a regular basis reduces the oil secretion by the sebaceous glands as well as helping to clear acne scars and inflammation.
There are many different ways to incorporate turmeric into your diet, from adding a little to smoothies, sprinkling it on your your cereal or stirring a bit into your coffee. Maybe, adding a regular home made curry to the weekly menu is a start. Others prefer to go straight to the big guns and take a curcumin supplement. One interesting point is that when ingesting turmeric with a little black pepper, the amount of curcumin absorbed by the body is dramatically increased. However you choose to take it, this golden spice is a treasure trove of goodness and, luckily, we are learning more every day about the riches it holds.
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