If you appreciate Superfoods, you’ll love Turmeric!
Turmeric is not a commonly used ingredient in the West but its popularity is growing fast, and for very good reason. In the East, its medicinal properties have been known for a long time and it is used in Chinese and Indian medicines.
So why are people so excited with Turmeric?
Can it earn its place in our SuperFood wall of fame ? Let’s find out and take a look at 7 incredible benefits of adding Turmeric to your diet…
1. Turmeric can reduce cholesterol levels
Curcumin is the ingredient in turmeric that is responsible for its exceptional health benefits. Curcumin can help 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 maximize the efficiency of LDL cholesterol by increasing the receptors. All of which causes greatly improved cardiovascular health.
2. Lower the pain from (and spread of) arthritis
During laboratory tests, the curcumin that is found in turmeric was proven to be just as effective as traditional anti-inflammatory medication for joint swelling. Introducing turmeric to your diet can have a significant impact on the quality of your life, especially if you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. Likewise, the antioxidant qualities found in curcumin help to remove free radicals from the body. Free radicals can be extremely problematic 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 problems are incredibly commonplace in todays society and can cause all manor of issues, including weight gain, dry skin, thinning hair, brittle nails, numbness or tingling in the hands and even constipation. A vital mineral that’s essential for proper thyroid function is Manganese. Turmeric is packed with Manganese and helps you to make a significant step towards a healthy and better functioning thyroid. Given the list of symptoms (and we only touched on a few, there are many many more) that are due to a poorly functioning thyroid, its a very 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 medical anti-inflammatories, curcumin wins hands down. The compounds that are responsible for pain during inflammation are called mediators, and they don’t come alone! Most traditional anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs only target two or three mediators but curcumin targets dozens! The result… more effective, natural and total pain reduction, and non of the unpleasant side affects linked with regular medications!
5. (Very possibly) Improves your memory and makes you smarter!
A food that will make you smart ? I doubt anything can make something more worthy of the esteemed rank of ‘SuperFood’ than its capacity to boost your intelligence.
Curcumin strengthens brain function and decreases the risk of brain disease by enhancing the neurotrophic factor. As we grow, neurons form new connections and our potential to learn and store more information increases. The hormone that supports this process is called the brain-derived neurotropic factor (BDNF). Decreased levels of this hormone have been linked to many widespread brain disorders, such as Alzheimers and depression.
Curcumin increases BDNF levels, which helps our brains do what they are supposed to do… grow, learn more things and make us wiser, although more research is needed to demonstrate that we really do become more intelligent. An increase of BDNF could also delay, and maybe even reverse, the affects of many age-related brain functioning problems.
6. Can help to prevent, and possible even treat, cancer
During clinical tests on animals, curcumin was shown to lower metastasis (the spread of cancer) lessen angiogenesis (the growth of blood vessels in tumors) and even kill cancerous cells. During a further study (this time on humans) curcumin reduced colon lesions in 44 adult males by 40% over a period of 30 days. Although the study wasn’t on men actually suffering with cancer, colon lesions can become cancerous, so it’s a considerable indication that curcumin could very well help prevent cancer.
7. A natural beauty treatment
Up to now we’ve discussed some of the extraordinary health benefits of turmeric, but did you know it can make you more attractive too!
For hundreds of years women in Asia have used turmeric as a natural beauty treatment. Its powerful beautifying characteristics have been praised for their potential to reduce acne, treat eczema, get rid of dark circles from beneath 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 introducing it to your new healthy diet regime.
Turmeric really deserves its place in our SuperFood hall of fame. A brilliant, wholesome, inexpensive, vibrant and delicious addition to your diet (and beauty program) that has numerous incredible health and beauty benefits. In fact, many more than we’ve listed on this page!