Nine Benefits of Turmeric

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Turmeric, the main spice in curry, is an extremely powerful herb at fighting and potentially reversing disease. There are 6000+ peer-reviewed articles proving its healing properties and many benefits of turmeric and curcumin. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric.

Nine Benefits of Turmeric:

Curcumin is a Natural Anti-Inflammatory Compound

Although acute (short-term) inflammation is beneficial, it can become a major problem when it is chronic (long-term) and inappropriately deployed against the body’s own tissues. Chronic, low-level inflammation plays a major role in almost every chronic, Western disease. Curcumin can help fight chronic inflammation and even treat these diseases.

Curcumin Boosts Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor, Linked to Improved Brain Function and Treating Alzheimer’s Disease

The neurons are capable of forming new connections of the brain with the help of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor, a type of growth hormone. Curcumin can increase brain levels of Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor hormone.
It is known that inflammation and oxidative damage play a role in Alzheimer’s disease. Curcumin can cross the blood brain barrier. Studies show that curcumin can help clear the buildup of protein tangles called Amyloid plaques involved in Alzheimer’s.

Curcumin may help reverse Heart Disease

Curcumin helps improving the function of the endothelium, which is the lining of the blood vessels.

Turmeric Can Help Prevent and perhaps Treat Cancer

Studies have shown that it can reduce angiogenesis, growth of new blood vessels in tumors, metastasis, the spread of cancer, as well as contributing to the death of cancerous cells

Curcumin May be Useful in helping with Arthritis

In a study of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, curcumin was even more effective than an anti-inflammatory drug.

Curcumin Has Incredible Benefits Against Depression

Depression is linked to reduced levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor and a shrinking hippocampus, a brain area with a role in learning and memory.

Curcumin boosts BNDF levels, potentially reversing some of these changes.

There is also some evidence that curcumin can boost the brain neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine affecting one’s mood.

Turmeric Helps Wounds Heal

Studies concluded turmeric increased collagen synthesis rates, improved wound contraction, and increased tissue strength and cell proliferation around the wound.

Helps with Cholesterol Optimization

Turmeric has the ability to help the body regulate and balance cholesterol levels. Studies show an impressive reduction in lipid profiles and cholesterol markers in turmeric-supplemented groups.

Remember to choose a turmeric supplement with with bioperine (another name for piperine), which is the substance that enhances absorption of curcumin significantly.

Please note that some people have reported allergic reactions to turmeric such as:

Nausea
Diarrhea
Increased risk of bleeding
Increased liver function tests
Hyperactive gallbladder contractions
Hypotension (lowered blood pressure)
Uterine contractions in pregnant women
Increased menstrual flow

Turmeric may interfere with anti-coagulants like aspirin, clopidogrel and warfarin and can affect medications such as non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs.
As with any herb or supplement, use as directed and get medical clearance to start taking it.

One of my favorite recipes to add turmeric in your daily regime:

  • 1 teaspoon organic turmeric (makes sure it’s tested free of heavy metals) Add a pinch of organic black pepper for better absorption
  • 1 cup of unsweetended coconut or almond milk (heat up or ice it to enjoy it hot or chilled)
  • If you want to sweeten it then add, organic stevia, organic honey or cashew vanilla ice cream

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