If you appreciate Superfoods, you will fall in love with Turmeric!
Turmeric is not a commonly used ingredient in the West but its popularity is growing, and for good reason. In the East, its medicinal properties have been known for a very long time and it’s used in Indian and Chineese traditional medicine.
So why are people so excited with Turmeric?
Is it worthy of its place in our SuperFood hall of fame ? Let’s explore 7 reasons for adding Turmeric to your diet…
1. Turmeric can reduce cholesterol levels
Curcumin is the ingredient in turmeric that’s responsible for its impressive health benefits. Curcumin helps to reduce cholesterol levels in 3 very powerful ways. First, it reduces the time that cholesterol spends in the blood stream. Second, it reduces the oxidation of LDL cholesterol due to its antioxidant properties and third, it helps to improve the efficiency of LDL cholesterol by increasing the receptors. All of which causes considerably improved cardiovascular health.
2. Decreases the pain from (and spread of) arthritis
During tests, the curcumin in turmeric proved to be as effective as traditional anti-inflammatory medication for joint stiffness. Adding turmeric to your diet plan can lead to a major impact on the quality of your life, especially if you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. Additionally, the antioxidant qualities in curcumin will help to eradicate free radicals from the body. Free radicals can be particularly troublesome for sufferers of arthritis because they cause damage to cell membranes which is one of the main causes of joint pain.
3. Maintains healthy thyroid function
Thyroid complications are extremely widespread in todays society and can be responsible for all manor of issues, including weight gain, dry skin, thinning hair, numbness or tingling in the hands brittle nails, and even constipation. . Turmeric is packed with Manganese and will help you to make a substantial step towards a healthier thyroid. Given the amount of symptoms that are due to a poorly functioning thyroid, its a very good idea for you health, general well-being and future medical bills to incorporate turmeric to your diet regime.
4. Reduces inflammation and pain
When compared to traditional medical anti-inflammatories, curcumin wins hands down. The compounds that produce pain and inflammation are mediators, and they hunt in packs! Most medical anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs only target a couple of these mediators but curcumin targets dozens! The result… more reliable, all-natural and more complete pain alleviation, and non of the terrible side affects linked with regular remedies!
5. (Very likely) Strengthens your memory and helps make you smarter!
A food that might make you intelligent ? I don’t think anything can make something more worthy of the esteemed title ‘SuperFood’ than its potential to increase your intelligence.
The curcumin in turmeric strengthens brain functioning and lowers the risk of brain disease by promoting the neurotrophic factor. As we grow, neurons make new connections and our capacity to learn and store 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 disorders, such as Alzheimers and depression.
Curcumin increases BDNF levels, which can help our brains do what they are supposed to do… grow, learn more things and make us smarter, although more research is needed to verify that we really do get smarter. An increase of BDNF could also prevent, and maybe even reverse, the affects of many age-related brain functioning complications.
6. Will help to prevent, and potential even treat, cancer
During lab tests on animals, curcumin was shown to decrease metastasis (the spread of cancer) reduce angiogenesis (the growth of blood vessels in tumors) and even kill cancerous cells. During an alternative study (this time on people) curcumin lowered colon lesions in 44 adult males by 40% over 30 days. Although this study wasn’t on men actually suffering with cancer, colon lesions can become cancerous, so it’s a significant indication that curcumin could quite possibly help protect against cancer.
7. A natural beauty treatment
Up till now we’ve talked about some of the extraordinary health benefits of turmeric, but did you know it can make you more beautiful as well!
For centuries women in Asia have used turmeric as a natural beauty treatment. Its powerful beautifying qualities have been praised for their potential to reduce acne, treat eczema, eradicate dark circles from under the eyes, lessen the physical appearance of lines and wrinkles, diminish scarring and even remove sun spots.
If you want to benefit from turmerics enhancing benefits you can apply it on the skin as a face mask, as well including it to your new healthy diet plan.
Turmeric really earns its place in our SuperFood wall of fame. A fantastic, wholesome, affordable, colourful and tasty addition to our diet (and beauty regime) that has several incredible health and beauty benefits. In fact, many more than we’ve listed here!