The Health Benefits of Turmeric

You might know it as the deliciously peppery, bright yellow-orange powder that infuses so much Indian cuisine, but turmeric’s virtues aren’t only to be found in its flavour and colour. Used by Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, this powerful root has gained international recognition for its curative properties. Digestive problems? Difficulty sleeping? Arthritis, allergies, asthma? Adding some turmeric to your diet is a great place to start to remedy these on your journey to good health.

What’s it good for?Curcumin is turmeric’s most important compound. “Although how it works is a little unclear,” says Amanda Weber, a registered dietician based in Cape Town, “we know that curcumin is a potent immune modulatory agent, which means that it activates the cells needed to keep you healthy.” Overall, turmeric is particularly good for:

·                Anti-inflammatory conditions: Whether you’re battling arthritis or chronic, low-level inflammation that can contribute to heart disease, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s or a host of other degenerative problems, it’s time to get your curry on.·                Cancer: Turmeric has gained a lot of traction in cancer research. “It’s very interesting to look at the low incidence of cancer – especially prostate cancer – in Asian countries where turmeric is eaten daily,” says Amanda. What’s more, recent studies on turmeric’s molecular effects show that this snazzy spice might not only be beneficial in the prevention of cancer, but also in its treatment.·                Brain health: Turmeric can increase levels of an important growth hormone in your brain, which can help to delay or even reverse brain diseases and age-related decreases in brain function. It could also help improve your memory and alleviate depression.·                Skin: Using turmeric on your skin can help to reduce the amount of oil your skin produces without drying it out. If you’re fair in complexion, test it on a small patch of skin first, as it can sometimes leave a yellow stain.

How much should you take?“Although there is no conclusive evidence about the most effective turmeric dose to take, most experts suggest 2 to 4g per day,” says Amanda. If cooking with it every day isn’t convenient for you, or if you don’t particularly like the taste, you can also take it as a supplement in capsule form, which will help you to control the dose, too.

“Try taking it for two months to see what kind of effect it has on your inflammatory condition,” advises Amanda. “Often people who suffer from arthritis find that turmeric dramatically helps them after six to eight weeks.” If you can, take it with black pepper, since this helps the curcumin to absorb into your bloodstream better.

Tasty, bright and good for you, too! Incorporating turmeric into your eating is an excellent idea if you’re dealing with any of the conditions listed above, or simply trying to keep your overall health in check.

Sources:·                Natural News: https://www.naturalnews.com/2017-08-11-six-health-benefits-of-turmeric.html·                Banyan Botanicals: https://www.banyanbotanicals.com/info/ayurvedic-living/living-ayurveda/herbs/turmeric/·                Healthline: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-turmeric ·                Ganga108: https://ganga108.wordpress.com/2015/12/28/turmeric/

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