Turmeric isn’t commonly used in the West but its popularity is very quickly growing, and with very good reason. In the East, the medical properties of turmeric have been known for many years and it’s used in Chinese and Indian medicines.
So what is all of the fuss about Turmeric?
Does it deserve its place in our SuperFood hall of fame? Let’s explore 7 benefits of adding Turmeric to your diet…
1. Turmeric can reduce your cholesterol level
Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric that’s responsible for its extraordinary health benefits. Curcumin reduces your cholesterol levels in three 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 results in significantly improved cardiovascular health.
2. Decrease the pain from (and the spread of) arthritis
During laboratory tests, the curcumin that is found in turmeric proved to be as effective as a traditional anti-inflammatory drug for joint swelling. Adding turmeric to your diet will surely have a notable impact on the quality of your life. Furthermore, the antioxidant qualities in curcumin help to get rid of free radicals from the body. Free radicals can be considerably 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 problems are incredibly widespread in todays society and can give rise to all kinds 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 significant step towards a better functioning thyroid. Given the list of symptoms (and we only touched on a few, there are many many more) that are caused by an incorrectly functioning thyroid, its a very good idea for you health, general well-being and future medical expenses to start adding turmeric to your diet.
4. Reduces inflammation and pain
When compared to medical anti-inflammatories, curcumin (found in turmeric) wins hands down. The compounds that trigger pain during inflammation are known as mediators, and they don’t hunt alone! Most traditional anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs target a couple of these mediators but curcumin targets dozens! The result… more effective, all-natural and total pain release, and non of the horrible side affects linked with regular treatments!
5. (Very probably) Increases your memory and makes you more intelligent!
A food that may be able to make you wise? I don’t think much else can make a food more worthy of the prestigious rank of ‘SuperFood’ than its potential to boost your intelligence.
The curcumin in turmeric boosts brain functioning and lowers the risk of brain disease by boosting the neurotrophic factor. As we grow, neurons build new connections and our capacity to learn and remember more information increases. The growth hormone that facilitates this process is called the brain-derived neurotropic factor (BDNF). Decreased levels of this hormone are linked to many common 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 wiser, although more research is needed to verify that we actually do become more intelligent. An increase of BDNF could also stop, and likely even reverse, the affects of several age-related brain functioning disorders.
6. Can help to prevent, and possible even treat, cancer
During laboratory tests on animals, curcumin (which is found in turmeric) was shown to reduce metastasis (the spread of cancer) decrease angiogenesis (the growth of blood vessels in tumors) and even kill cancerous cells. During a different study (this time on humans) curcumin decreased colon lesions in 44 adult males by 40% over a period of 30 days. Although the study was not on men actually suffering from cancer, colon lesions can become cancerous, so it’s a significant indication that curcumin may very well help prevent cancer.
7. A natural beauty treatment
Up to now we’ve reviewed some of the excellent health benefits of turmeric, but did you know it can make you more attractive as well!
For centuries women in Asia have used turmeric as a natural beauty treatment. Its powerful beautifying characteristics have been praised for their ability to help reduce acne, cure eczema, eradicate dark circles from under the eyes, decrease the physical appearance of lines and wrinkles, reduce scarring and even remove sun spots.
If you want to benefit from turmerics beautifying benefits you can apply it on the skin as a face mask, as well including it to your new healthy diet regime.
Turmeric definitively earns its place in our SuperFood wall of fame. A remarkable, wholesome, inexpensive, colourful and yummy addition to your diet (and beauty regime) that has many incredible health and beauty benefits. In fact, many more than we’ve listed on this page!