Turmeric isn’t commonly used in Western culture but its popularity is growing fast, and for good reason. In the East, the medicinal properties of turmeric have been known for many years and it is used in Indian and Chineese medicines.
So what is all of the fuss with Turmeric?
Can it earn its place in our SuperFood wall of fame? Let’s take a look at 7 reasons you need to be adding Turmeric to your diet…
1. Turmeric can lower your cholesterol levels
Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric that is responsible for its remarkable health benefits. Curcumin can help to reduce cholesterol levels in 3 very powerful ways. First, it boosts the efficiency of LDL cholesterol. Second, it inhibits the oxidation of LDL cholesterol due to its antioxidant properties and third, it cuts down the time that cholesterol spends in the blood stream. All of which causes considerably improved cardiovascular health.
2. Lowers the pain from (and spread of) arthritis
In tests, the curcumin found in turmeric was found to be just as effective as traditional anti-inflammatory medicine for joint swelling. Introducing turmeric to your diet plan has a significant impact on the quality of your life, especially if you are a sufferer of rheumatoid arthritis. Additionally, the antioxidant qualities found in curcumin can help to eliminate free radicals from the body. Free radicals are really 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 prevalent in todays society and can trigger all manor of issues, including weight gain, thinning hair, dry skin, brittle nails, numbness or tingling in the hands and even constipation. A vital mineral that’s essential for correct thyroid function is Manganese. Turmeric is loaded with Manganese and helps you to make a substantial step towards a healthier thyroid. Given the large list of symptoms (and we only touched on a few, there are many many more) that are associated with a poorly functioning thyroid, its a good idea for you health, well-being and future medical expenses to include turmeric to your diet plan.
4. Reduce pain and inflammation
When compared to traditional medical anti-inflammatories, curcumin (found in turmeric) wins hands down. The compounds that lead to pain during inflammation are known as mediators, and they don’t come alone! Most medical anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs target a couple of these mediators but curcumin targets dozens! The result… more effective, natural and complete pain reduction, and non of the horrible side affects linked with conventional medication!
5. (Very probably) Improves your memory and makes you wiser!
A food that could make you intelligent? I don’t think anything can make something more worthy of the prestigious title of ‘SuperFood’ than its capacity to increase your intelligence.
Curcumin improves brain function and lowers the risk of brain disease by boosting the neurotrophic factor. As we grow, neurons make new connections and our ability to understand and remember 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 intended to do… grow, understand more things and make us wiser, although more research is needed to show that we actually do get smarter. An increase of BDNF could also halt, and potentially even reverse, the affects of several age-related brain functioning issues.
6. Will help to prevent, and potential even treat, cancer
During laboratory tests on animals, curcumin was shown to lessen metastasis (the spread of cancer) lower angiogenesis (the growth of blood vessels in tumors) and even kill cancerous cells. During an additional study (this time on humans) curcumin lowered colon lesions in 44 adult males by 40% over 30 days. Although this study was not on men actually suffering from cancer, colon lesions can become cancerous, so it’s a significant indicator that curcumin could possibly help protect against cancer.
7. A natural beauty treatment
Up till now we’ve discussed some of the amazing health benefits of turmeric, but did you know it can make you more beautiful too!
For countless years women in Asia have used turmeric as a natural beauty treatment. Its powerful beautifying characteristics have been praised for their power to reduce acne, cure eczema, get rid of dark circles from under the eyes, decrease the physical appearance of facial lines, reduce 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 adding it to your new healthy diet program.
Turmeric truly deserves its place in our SuperFood hall of fame. A remarkable, wholesome, affordable, colourful and tasty addition to our diet (and beauty routine) which has plenty of amazing health and beauty benefits. In fact, many more than we’ve shown here!