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Healing Qualities of Turmeric
Turmeric has been used in cooking for several thousands of years for its beneficial qualities, which is no surprise to researchers today as they continue to be amazed with its wide range of healing benefits. Turmeric includes three different cucuminoids including curcumin, along with three volatile oils; all which come with their own health benefits. The vast majority of studies on turmeric have not examined the spice itself, but rather one of its constituents called curcumin.
Curcumin helps the regulation of inflammation, oxidation, cell signalling, blood sugar levels, blood fat levels and brain levels of the omega-3 fatty acid. Studies have found that consuming even small amounts of curcumin regularly can reduce the risk of cancer through its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and immune-regulatory effects, to name just a few. Curcumin has been documented to also play an important role in detoxification; assisting in eliminating toxins from our bodies that would otherwise be damaging and increase our risk of serious diseases like cancer.
Turmeric has been found to have cardiovascular benefits primarily through its ability to regulate blood fat levels, but also through its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. One study found that turmeric also reduced a persons overall stress levels and was effective as a mild anti-depressant.
Studies have shown an improvement in chronic digestive health problems like IBD, Chron’s disease and ulcerative colitis; when added regularly to the diet. Rheumatoid and other forms of arthritis conditions were also improved, all benefiting greatly from curcumins anti-inflammatory effects. With reduced inflammation, stress and damaging free-radicals comes reduced pain, allowing turmeric to also exhibit pain-reducing qualities.
Curcumin helps boost levels of the brain hormone ‘brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)’, which is linked to improved brain function and a decreased risk of brain-related diseases such as Alzheimers.
Through turmeric’s antioxidant and detoxification effects it also plays a role in anti-aging and age-related chronic diseases. Adding turmeric to the menu has never looked so attractive! To appreciate the goodness of turmeric it is available in capsule form. Research has found that only one capsule taken daily is required to receive the wide-ranging benefits of turmeric.
Written by: J. Marshall
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