Turmeric and especially its most active compound curcumin have many scientifically-proven health benefits, such as the potential to prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer. It’s a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and may also help improve symptoms of depression and arthritis.
1. FIGHTS INFLAMMATION
Though acute (temporary) inflammation is beneficial in protecting the body against pathogens and in stimulating the healing process, chronic inflammation has been linked to many diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s.
2. PREVENTS OXIDATIVE DAMAGE
The common link among many age-related and chronic diseases is oxidative damage. The antioxidant mechanisms of curcumin actually neutralize harmful free radicals while also boosting the body’s antioxidant capacity to create a double-edged sword in the fight against disease and aging.
3. IMPROVES BRAIN HEALTH AND FUNCTION
The active ingredient curcumin boosts brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BNDF) levels which supports cognitive function, slowing the progression of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. It may also improve learning and boost memory in the hippocampus area of the brain.
4. REDUCES RISK FOR HEART DISEASE
By reducing cholesterol, improving blood pressure, and fighting inflammation, this pungent spice helps to reduce the risk of heart disease. It has also been shown to improve endothelial function as well as blood clotting for overall heart health.
5. HELPS PREVENT AND TREAT CANCER
Though it may not be a cure, turmeric and its active ingredient curcumin have shown potential in preventing and improving the treatment of cancer. The antioxidant benefits of this spice have been shown to reduce tumor growth, particularly for colon, breast, bowel, and stomach cancers.
6. RELIEVES ARTHRITIS PAIN
The powerful anti-inflammatory benefits of this spice have been shown to relieve pain and swelling for numerous forms of arthritis. In a study showing 45 patients with rheumatoid arthritis were given curcumin supplements or Diclofenac sodium, a common arthritis medication. The results revealed that the curcumin group experienced the highest percentage of improvement.
7. IMPROVES MOOD
Numerous research studies have shown this spice to offer antidepressant benefits similar to those offered by common medications like Prozac. In one particular study, 60 patients with depression took fluoxetine (Prozac), curcumin supplements, or a combination of both. The results of the study revealed that curcumin was just as effective as Prozac in managing depression and alleviating symptoms.
8. FIGHTS AGING AND CHRONIC DISEASE
The antioxidant benefits of this yellow spice help to slow the process of aging and may also prevent chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s, metabolic disorder, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. By preventing or slowing the progression of these diseases, this spice may increase longevity as well.
8. DETOXES THE LIVER
Curcumin (a primary compound of turmeric root) has been found to increase the flow of bile, which is necessary for breaking down dietary fat during digestion.
9. KEEPS YOUR TUMMY HAPPY
Turmeric maintains gut flora and protects against stomach disorders.
10. FIGHTS INFECTION
It’s also a natural antiseptic and is useful for disinfecting cuts, burns, wounds, and other skin infections.
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