Turmeric is not used that much in Western culture but its popularity is growing fast, and with very good reason. In the East, the medical properties of turmeric have been known for centuries and it’s used in Indian and Chineese medicine.
So why are people so excited about Turmeric?
Can it earn its place in our SuperFood wall of fame? Let’s explore 7 incredible benefits of adding Turmeric to your diet…
1. Turmeric can decrease your cholesterol levels
Curcumin is the ingredient in turmeric that’s responsible for its powerful health benefits. Curcumin reduces your cholesterol level in 3 very powerful ways. First, it blocks the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Second, boosts the effectiveness of LDL cholesterol by increasing the receptors and third, it reduces the amount of time that cholesterol spends in the blood stream. All of which results in significantly improved cardiovascular health.
2. Reduces the pain from (and the spread of) arthritis
During laboratory tests, the curcumin found in turmeric was just as effective as traditional anti-inflammatory drug for joint swelling and stiffness. Adding turmeric to your diet will have a substantial impact on the quality of your life, especially if you are a sufferer of rheumatoid arthritis. Additionally, the antioxidant qualities found in curcumin will help to get rid of free radicals from the body. Free radicals are 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 incredibly widespread in todays society and can cause all manor of issues, including weight gain, dry skin, constipation, numbness or tingling in the hands brittle nails, and even thinning hair. A vital mineral which is essential for proper thyroid function is Manganese. Turmeric is packed with Manganese and will help you to make a great step towards a healthier thyroid. Given the number of symptoms that are triggered by an incorrectly functioning thyroid, its a good idea for you health, general well-being and future medical fees to incorporate turmeric to your diet plan.
4. Reduce pain and inflammation
When compared to medical anti-inflammatories, curcumin (found in turmeric) wins hands down. The compounds that produce pain during inflammation are mediators, and they hunt in packs! Most traditional anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs only target two or three mediators but curcumin targets dozens! The result… more efficient, organic and total pain alleviation, and non of the terrible side affects associated with traditional medication!
5. (Very probably) Enhances your memory and helps make you more intelligent!
A food that can make you smart? I doubt anything can make a food more worthy of the prestigious title ‘SuperFood’ than its capacity to enhance your intelligence.
Curcumin boosts brain functioning and decreases the risk of brain disease by enhancing the neurotrophic factor. As we grow, neurons make new connections and our ability to understand and store more information increases. The hormone that facilitates 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 will help our brains do what they are meant to do… grow, learn more things and make us more intelligent, although additional research is needed to show that we really do get smarter. An increase of BDNF could also stop, and potentially even reverse, the affects of many age-related brain functioning issues.
6. Helps to prevent, and potential even treat, cancer
During lab tests on animals, curcumin was shown to lower metastasis (the spread of cancer) lower angiogenesis (the growth of blood vessels in tumors) and even kill cancerous cells. During a second study (this time on human beings) curcumin lowered colon lesions in 44 men by 40% over 30 days. Although the study was not on men that were actually suffering with cancer, colon lesions can become cancerous, so it’s a significant indicator that curcumin could very well help prevent cancer.
7. A natural beauty treatment
Up to now we’ve talked about some of the powerful health benefits of turmeric, but did you know it can make you more beautiful as well!
For generations women in Asia have been using turmeric as a natural beauty treatment. Its powerful beautifying properties have been praised for their power to reduce acne, treat eczema, reduce dark circles from under the eyes, decrease the appearance of facial lines, diminish scarring and even remove sun spots.
If you want to enjoy turmerics enhancing benefits you can apply it on the skin as a face mask, as well introducing it to your new healthy diet program.
Turmeric definitively earns its place in our SuperFood wall of fame. A remarkable, healthy, affordable, vibrant and tasty addition to our diet (and beauty plan) which has multiple incredible health and beauty benefits. In fact, many more than we’ve covered here!