Turmeric is a super-spice! It is that bright yellow-colored powder in the powerful rainbow of spices. Indians and Chinese cultures have been using turmeric medicinally for over 5,000 years and for good reason.
There are over 6,000 clinical studies on turmeric showing turmeric to be a healing herb. Turmeric primarily works as a strong anti-inflammatory agent. Just about anyone can use it to help treat many medical issues and for better overall health.
Curcumin is the main active ingredient found in turmeric. It provides the all the powerful anti-inflammatory health benefits of turmeric, while also performing its highly important function as antioxidant.
If you decide to incorporate it into your lifestyle, it is important to take turmeric properly. First off, turmeric if fat soluble. This means it doesn’t fully dissolve unless it is in fat. Therefore, it must be taken with fat.
Also, it has been found that turmeric is even more effective when combined with the power of black pepper. Black pepper helps make turmeric more bioavailable for the body.
So be sure your turmeric is combined with fat and black pepper.
With that said, here are…
12 things that happen when you start taking turmeric:
The curcumin agent in turmeric has been shown to help effectively treat depression and has even been shown to be just as effective as Prozac and other antidepressant medications.
Curcumin works primarily by reducing inflammation in the brain and gut (inflammation in both the brain and the gut is linked to depression) as well by boosting its most helpful chemicals such as serotonin, dopamine and BDNF.
2. Cancer and Cancer Prevention
More than several research studies reveal that turmeric may just be one of nature’s best sources of protection against cancer. Cancer is a condition exhibited by uncontrolled growth of cancerous cells in the body. They require blood flow to continue growing. Turmeric is scientifically shown to help stop the growth of any new blood vessels within cancerous tumors. Also, turmeric aids in killing any existing malignant cells.
Some evidence, in fact, also show that turmeric may even actually prevent the onset of cancer altogether.
3. Joint Pain and Arthritis
Again, its the anti-inflammatory properties that are so beneficial here too. Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties are effective in treating arthritis. In fact, many studies show that turmeric can be a more effective form of anti-inflammatory treatment than most conventional medicines.
4. Blog Sugar and Diabetes
Turmeric also contains properties that have been shown to help regulate insulin. It can help reduce insulin resistance, which is a precursor or factor contributing to Type-2 Diabetes.
5. Gut Problems
Studies demonstrate that using just a single small teaspoon of turmeric powder is more effective than placebo in easing Gastroesophageal acid reflux (heartburn).
Turmeric also helps to reduce and calm inflammation within the entire digestive tract.
6. Heart Disease
One of the world’s largest killers is heart disease. Turmeric’s curcumin agent can help reverse the effects leading to heart disease. Again, its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties help to effectively lower one’s chances of having a deadly heart attack.
Additionally, curcumin proves effective in protecting the the linings of the body’s blood vessels, thus helping to maintain one’s overall heart health.
7. High Cholesterol
Turmeric is also shown to help reduce body serum or cholesterol levels.
8. Autoimmune Disorders
An autoimmune disorder is a condition wherein the body faultily attacks itself. As is the case with many other disruptions within the body, inflammation is at the root of autoimmune disease. Since curcumin helps regulate the body’s inflammation pathways, turmeric can be helpful to control and perhaps even prevent autoimmune disorders.
9. Brain Health
Several research show that turmeric contributes to the repairing of stem cells in the brain—the cells primarily involved in many different neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
Turmeric is also believed to help people become smarter (for healthy individuals) as well as help improve memory.
Many people from all over the world also use turmeric as an anti-aging vitamin. It is believed to slow down aging because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammation characteristics.
11. Immune System Boost
Turmeric gives your immune system a boost and aids in maintaining and regulating overall immune system function.
Turmeric is also a natural antibacterial and antiseptic agent anyone can use to help treat cuts, scrapes, or burns. Use it topically on any affected area of your skin to assist healing.