If you appreciate Superfoods, you will be in love with Turmeric!
Turmeric isn’t commonly used in Western culture but its popularity is growing fast, and for very good reason. In the East, the medical properties of turmeric have been known for a long time and it’s used in Indian and Chineese medicine too.
So why are people so excited about Turmeric?
Can it earn its place in our SuperFood hall of fame ? Let’s explore 7 reasons you need to be adding Turmeric to your diet…
1. Turmeric can decrease your cholesterol level
The active ingredient in turmeric that is responsible for its remarkable health benefits is curcumin. Curcumin reduces your cholesterol levels in 3 very powerful ways. First, it helps to boost the efficiency of LDL cholesterol by increasing receptors. Second, it prevents the oxidation of LDL cholesterol due to its antioxidant properties and third, it lowers the time that cholesterol spends in the blood stream. All of which adds up to greatly improved cardiovascular health.
2. Decrease the pain from (and spread of) arthritis
During tests, the curcumin found in turmeric proved to be as effective as traditional anti-inflammatory medicine for joint swelling and stiffness. Introducing turmeric to your food plan will surely have a major impact on the quality of your life, especially if you sufferer with rheumatoid arthritis. Likewise, the antioxidant properties in curcumin help to eradicate free radicals from the body. Free radicals are highly troublesome for sufferers of arthritis because they damage cell membranes which is one of the main causes of joint pain.
3. Maintains healthy thyroid function
Thyroid complications are really prevalent in todays society and can trigger all manor of issues, including weight gain, dry skin, constipation, numbness or tingling in the hands brittle nails, and even thinning hair. . Turmeric is full of Manganese and will help you to make a great step towards a healthier thyroid. Given the list of symptoms that are caused by an incorrectly functioning thyroid, its a very good idea for you health, well-being and future medical bills to start adding turmeric to your diet.
4. Reduces pain and inflammation
When compared to traditional anti-inflammatories, curcumin (found in turmeric) wins hands down. The compounds that trigger pain during inflammation are mediators, and they hunt in packs! Most medical anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs target two or three mediators but curcumin targets dozens! The result… more efficient, all-natural and more complete pain reduction, and non of the nasty side affects linked with traditional medication!
5. (Very likely) Improves your memory and helps make you smarter!
A food that will make you clever ? I doubt much else can make something more worthy of the prestigious title of ‘SuperFood’ than its ability to increase your intelligence.
The curcumin in turmeric improves brain functioning and reduces the risk of brain disease by promoting the neurotrophic factor. As we grow, neurons build new connections and our capacity to understand and remember more information increases. The growth hormone that facilitates this process is called the brain-derived neurotropic factor (BDNF). Decreased levels of this hormone are linked to many common brain conditions, such as Alzheimers and depression.
Curcumin increases BDNF levels, which will help our brains do what they are meant to do… grow, understand more things and make us smarter, although more research is needed to prove that we actually do get smarter. An increase of BDNF could also halt, and quite possibly even reverse, the affects of several age-related brain functioning disorders.
6. Will help to prevent, and potential even treat, cancer
During scientific tests on animals, curcumin (which, as you know by now, is found in turmeric) was shown to help reduce metastasis (the spread of cancer) reduce angiogenesis (the growth of blood vessels in tumors) and even kill cancerous cells. During another study (this time on people) curcumin decreased colon lesions in 44 adult males by 40% over a period of 30 days. Although the study wasn’t on men actually suffering from cancer, colon lesions can become cancerous, so it’s a significant indication that curcumin may well help prevent cancer.
7. A natural beauty treatment
Up till now we’ve discussed some of the amazing health benefits of turmeric, but did you know it can make you more beautiful as well!
For thousands of years women in Asia have been using turmeric as a natural beauty treatment. Its powerful beautifying properties have been praised for their power to help reduce acne, cure eczema, remove dark circles from below the eyes, reduce the appearance of facial lines, reduce scarring and even remove sun spots.
If you want to enjoy turmerics enhancing benefits you can apply it topically as a face mask, as well adding it to your new healthy diet plan.
Turmeric really earns its place in our SuperFood hall of fame. A wonderful, healthy, inexpensive, colourful and delicious addition to your diet (and beauty plan) that has many incredible health and beauty benefits. In fact, many more than we’ve shown here!