Yes, we've already written about the amazing properties of turmeric, but we just can't shut up about this wonderful spice! Aside from being an effective component of a healthy diet, turmeric has many preventative qualities to boot, protecting one's body and mind from toxins, cancers and other nasty ailments. Take a look at the different ways turmeric improves your health and, ultimately, your happiness when imbibed daily.
*Note* - It is important to make sure you are buying organic turmeric to avoid ingestion of harmful chemicals from pesticides.
1. Turmeric Protects Your Brain
Curcumin, the active compound within turmeric, has been the subject of much research over the years. Amazingly, it has been discovered that curcumin increases the the brain's levels of a certain growth hormone called BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor), the deficiency of which is linked to cognitive disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer's. So, by increasing BDNF levels, turmeric helps prevent, delay and perhaps even reverse brain diseases and declined functioning.
2. Turmeric Fights Inflamation
Chronic inflammation is the cause of many diseases such as heart, kidney, and respiratory disease, as well as diabetes, stroke, and cancer. But never fear! Curcumin's anti-inflammatory properties have been found to match, and in some cases even surpass those of some store-bought drug brands.
3. Turmeric Aids Easeful Digestion
Daily ingestion of turmeric has been found to stimulate the gallbladder and reduce chronic bloating and gas (sign me up!) Due to its aforementioned anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric can help prevent inflammation of the digestive tract.
4. Turmeric Eases the Pain of Arthritis
In some studies, those who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis claimed that turmeric reduced their pain and improved their overall condition. Some even report that curcumin supplements have done more to ease their arthritis symptoms than any prescribed drug they have received!
5. Turmeric Reduces Your Risk of Cancer
Turmeric is widely known to be a powerful anti-carcinogen. More specifically, Curcumin has been found to prevent the formation of new free radicals, and neutralize free radicals that are already in the body. If that weren't enough, curcumin enhances the effect of antioxidants in the body, interferes with DNA changes that lead to cancer, and also prohibits the functioning of enzymes that are needed for cancer to spread. Is that not amazing?! Some people even think turmeric holds the natural cure to cancer. Perhaps time will tell.
6. Turmeric Keeps You Younger for Longer
Simply put, free radicles (highly reactive, damaging molecules) are thought to play a major role in premature aging and longevity. Thankfully, turmeric inhibits free radical activity in the body and keeps us looking and feeling fresh!
7. Turmeric Protects Your Heart
In studies, curcumin has been shown to decrease low-density lipoprotein (or bad) cholesterol levels, preventing life-threatening blood clots and plaque build-ups in the arteries!
Wondering how to fit turmeric into your daily life? See our previous article for ingredients to a delicious turmeric beverage!