If you like Superfoods, you’re gonna adore Turmeric!
Turmeric isn’t a commonly used ingredient in the West but its popularity is very quickly growing, and with good reason. In the East, the medical properties of turmeric have been known for a very long time and it is used in Chinese and Indian traditional medicine.
So why are people so excited about Turmeric?
Is it worthy of its place in our SuperFood wall of fame ? Let’s take a look at 7 reasons you need to be adding Turmeric to your diet…
1. Turmeric can reduce cholesterol level
The ingredient in turmeric that’s responsible for its impressive benefits to health is curcumin. Curcumin reduces your cholesterol levels in 3 very powerful ways. First, it reduces the time that cholesterol spends in the blood stream. Second, it inhibits the oxidation of LDL cholesterol due to its antioxidant properties and third, it helps to increase the efficiency of LDL cholesterol by increasing the receptors. All of which adds up to greatly improved cardiovascular health.
2. Decreases the pain from (and the spread of) arthritis
In laboratory tests, the curcumin found in turmeric was as effective as traditional anti-inflammatory drug for joint stiffness and swelling. Incorporating turmeric to your diet will surely have a considerable impact on the quality of your life, especially if you are a sufferer of rheumatoid arthritis. Likewise, the antioxidant qualities found in curcumin can help to eradicate free radicals from the body. Free radicals can be particularly problematic for people with arthritis because they damage cell membranes which is one of the main causes of joint pain.
3. Maintains healthy thyroid function
Thyroid problems are very widespread in todays society and can lead to all manor of issues, including weight gain, thinning hair, dry skin, brittle nails, numbness or tingling in the hands and even constipation. Manganese is a vital mineral that’s essential for optimal thyroid function. Turmeric is rich in Manganese and can help you to make a substantial step towards a healthy and better functioning thyroid. Given the list of symptoms that are associated with an incorrectly functioning thyroid, its a good idea for you health, well-being and future medical expenses to start adding turmeric to your diet.
4. Reduces inflammation and pain
When compared to traditional anti-inflammatories, curcumin wins hands down. The compounds that are responsible for pain and inflammation are called mediators, and they come in packs! Most traditional anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs target a couple of these mediators but curcumin targets dozens! The result… more efficient, organic and more complete pain alleviation, and non of the nasty side affects associated with regular medication!
5. (Very likely) Strengthens your memory and makes you wiser!
A food that could make you intelligent ? I doubt much else can make something more worthy of the esteemed rank of ‘SuperFood’ than its capacity to enhance your intelligence.
The curcumin in turmeric boosts brain function and reduces the risk of brain disease by promoting the neurotrophic factor. As we grow, neurons make new connections and our capacity to learn and remember more information increases. The hormone that facilitates this process is called the brain-derived neurotropic factor (BDNF). Decreased levels of this hormone are linked to many widespread brain conditions, such as Alzheimers and depression.
Curcumin increases BDNF levels, which helps our brains do what they are intended to do… grow, understand more things and make us wiser, although a lot more research is needed to show that we actually do become more intelligent. An increase of BDNF could also halt, and maybe even reverse, the affects of many age-related brain functioning issues.
6. Will help to prevent, and potential even treat, cancer
During lab 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 a second study (this time on human beings) curcumin decreased colon lesions in 44 men by 40% over 30 days. Although the study wasn’t on men actually suffering with cancer, colon lesions can become cancerous, so it’s a considerable indicator that curcumin may very well help protect against cancer.
7. A natural beauty treatment
Up to now we’ve discussed some of the incredible health benefits of turmeric, but did you know it can make you more attractive as well!
For centuries women in Asia have been using turmeric as a natural beauty treatment. Its powerful beautifying properties have been praised for their potential to reduce acne, cure eczema, get rid of dark circles from under the eyes, reduce the physical appearance of lines and wrinkles, reduce scarring and even remove sun spots.
If you want to experience turmerics beautifying benefits you can apply it topically as a face mask, as well adding it to your new healthy diet program.
Turmeric really deserves its place in our SuperFood hall of fame. A wonderful, wholesome, inexpensive, colourful and tasty addition to our diet (and beauty program) that has numerous incredible health and beauty benefits. In fact, many more than we’ve shown in this article!