A teaspoon of turmeric a day keeps inflammation, toxins, pain, and cancers at bay.
urmeric is a powder that comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant. The powder is golden in color and has an interesting taste and aroma. It grows wild in the forests of South and Southeast Asia and is one of the key ingredients in many Asian dishes.
Here are 7 proven ways on how turmeric can improve your health and happiness. I’m sure that after reading this article you will start adding this amazing spice to your diet every day.
Fight inflammation naturally
Chronic inflammation can appear as a result of bad lifestyle habits such as poor nutrition, stress, lack of exercise, etc. Today many doctors believe that chronic inflammation is the primary factor responsible for the appearance of many serious health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s, etc. Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory activity and can block around 97 different mechanisms of inflammation in the human body.
Protects your brain
Is has been well-known for a long time that turmeric can treat physical ailments, but, until recently, turmeric’s mental benefits have been relatively unknown. The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, is recognized as a promising treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. The plaque that builds up in the brain of Alzheimer’s patients called beta-amyloid plaque, is believed to be one of the main causes of Alzheimer’s disease.
In a clinical study published in Journal of Neurochemistry has been shown that curcumin extract reduces the size of amyloid plaque by 30%, in one week. In another study has been shown that turmeric can stop the progression of multiple sclerosis. Also, turmeric is an excellent antidepressant. Studies showed that turmeric can block the activity of an enzyme monoamine oxidase, linked to depression.
Reduces the risk of cancer
There are various studies that show that turmeric has anti-cancer activity. According to the studies, curcumin in turmeric can suppress the growth and development of different cancers and can prevent metastasis. Evidence from the animal studies shows that curcumin can prevent or treat many different types of cancers such as prostate, breast, skin, colon and bone cancer.
Curcumin prompts the gallbladder to release bile and break down fat. In Germany, turmeric is commonly prescribed to treat digestive problems. It reduces the frequency of colitis flares by calming intestinal inflammation. It also soothes heartburn by neutralizing stomach acid.
Protect your heart
Studies suggest that turmeric can protect the blood vessels and heart tissue from chronic inflammation and oxidation. Also, turmeric can help to prevent atherosclerosis that is a risk factor for heart attack and stroke. Animal studies showed that turmeric extract reduces the levels of “bad” cholesterol and stops it to build up on the walls of the blood vessels.
Soothes symptoms of arthritis
Although more research is needed in this field, many people report various improvements of their condition. It helps them fight chronic inflammation and reduces the pain too. Some even claim curcumin supplements work better than many OTC or prescribed drugs available on the market today. And without any side-effects.
Delays aging and improves longevity
Free radicals and inflammation are believed to play a major role in aging and curcumin affect both. And given that it also protects our heart and fights cancer, which are 2 of the biggest killers in today’s world, it obviously benefits longevity too.
These benefits are only the tip of the iceberg of what turmeric can do for you.
To improve overall health and happiness, add 1 teaspoon of turmeric to smoothies, juices, soups, curries, stir-fries, homemade cultured sodas, and dressings on a daily basis.