Turmeric isn’t used that much in Western culture but its popularity is growing, and for very good reason. In the East, its medicinal properties have been known for a long time and it is used in Indian and Chineese traditional medicine.
So what is all of the fuss 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 lower cholesterol level
Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric that’s responsible for its incredible health benefits. Curcumin reduces cholesterol level in 3 very powerful ways. First, it reduces the time that cholesterol spends in the blood stream. Second, it prevents 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 add up to greatly improved cardiovascular health.
2. Decreases the pain from (and the spread of) arthritis
During laboratory tests, the curcumin found in turmeric was as effective as traditional anti-inflammatory drug for joint stiffness. Adding turmeric to your diet has a major impact on the quality of your life, especially if you sufferer with rheumatoid arthritis. Likewise, the antioxidant properties found in curcumin help to eliminate free radicals from the body. Free radicals are considerably problematic for people with arthritis because they cause damage to cell membranes which is one of the main causes of joint pain.
3. Maintains healthy thyroid function
Thyroid problems are extremely commonplace in todays society and can cause all kinds of issues, including weight gain, dry skin, thinning hair, numbness or tingling in the hands brittle nails, and even constipation. Manganese is a vital mineral that is essential for correct thyroid function. Turmeric is full of Manganese and will help you to make a substantial step towards a healthier thyroid. Given the amount of symptoms (and we only touched on a few, there are many many more) that are a result of an incorrectly functioning thyroid, its a very good idea for you health, general well-being and future medical fees to start adding turmeric to your diet plan.
4. Reduces inflammation and pain
When compared to traditional medical anti-inflammatories, curcumin (prevalent in turmeric) wins hands down. The compounds that are responsible for pain during inflammation are called 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, natural and complete pain reduction, and non of the terrible side affects associated with conventional drugs!
5. (Very likely) Enhances your memory and helps make you smarter!
A food that might make you intelligent? I doubt anything can make a food more worthy of the prestigious title of ‘SuperFood’ than its capacity to increase your intelligence.
Curcumin enhances brain function and lowers the risk of brain disease by enhancing the neurotrophic factor. As we grow, neurons form new connections and our potential to understand 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 conditions, such as Alzheimers and depression.
Curcumin increases BDNF levels, which will help our brains do what they are intended to do… grow, understand more things and make us smarter, although more research is needed to show that we really do become more intelligent. An increase of BDNF could also postpone, and likely even reverse, the affects of many age-related brain functioning conditions.
6. Can help to prevent, and potential even treat, cancer
During laboratory tests on animals, curcumin (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 adult males by 40% over a period of 30 days. Although this study wasn’t on men actually suffering from cancer, colon lesions can become cancerous, so it’s a significant indicator that curcumin could perhaps help prevent cancer.
7. A natural beauty treatment
Up to now we’ve talked about some of the remarkable health benefits of turmeric, but did you know it can make you more attractive as well!
For millenia women in Asia have been using turmeric as a natural beauty treatment. Its powerful beautifying qualities have been praised for their power to reduce acne, treat eczema, remove dark circles from below the eyes, decrease the physical appearance of signs of aging, diminish scarring and even remove sun spots.
If you want to experience turmerics enhancing benefits you can apply it topically as a face mask, as well including it to your new healthy diet plan.
Turmeric completely earns its place in our SuperFood wall of fame. A wonderful, healthy, inexpensive, vibrant and yummy addition to our diet (and beauty routine) that has several amazing health and beauty benefits. In fact, many more than we’ve listed on this page!