Turmeric contains bioactive compounds with powerful medicinal properties.
It acts as a great anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antiviral properties. It improves the function of the endothelium, which can lower your risk of heart disease.
5 ROVEN BENEFITS ( and there are many more):
1. Natural Anti-Inflammatory Agents that can reduce your risk of cancer and other illnesses.
2. Natural antioxidants to help fight aging and disease.
3. Improve Brain Function and Memory - Useful in preventing and treating Alzheimer's
4. Decrease risk of heart disease
5. Incredible Benefits Against Depression
As many of you may know by now, I prefer to take the holistic/natural approach to health and wellness whenever possible. Therefore, I found the practice of eastern medicine to be one of the most intriguing aspects of the diverse culture in India.
Ayurvedic medicine “The Science Of Life” is one of the world's oldest holistic healing systems. It’s based on the balance between the mind, body, and spirit and its main goal is to promote good health, not fight disease. Ayurvedic was developed more than 3,000 years ago in India…. and one of the traditional spices used in Ayurveda is Turmeric (the bright yellow spice usually associated with curry). Turmeric is still used across India to treat various illnesses and can be found in almost every dish on every menu…
In recent years, we have started to hear about the benefits of Turmeric in western society.… At first, I honestly thought it was just another fitness/wellness fad. So while I was in India, I decided to dig a little deeper and do some research on whether or not Turmeric was worth all the Hype.
There are A LOT of scientific journals that study the benefits of Turmeric. These studies have proven that Turmeric contains compounds with multiple health benefits. The most important compound found in turmeric is curcumin, which is a powerful NATURAL (so it doesn't have the side effects of ibuprofen/ Advil) anti-inflammatory and antioxidant… Chronic inflammation contributes to many diseases. curcumin can suppress molecules known to cause inflammation.
Many scientists believe that inflammation plays a major role in almost every chronic, a disease in the United States. You can bring down inflammation by eating unprocessed whole foods and cooking them with spices and herbs like turmeric, that are known to fight inflammatory responses…. Studies show that turmeric can help reduce harmful inflammation in conditions like rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It can also help improve insulin sensitivity and reduce blood pressure, help improve cholesterol levels, lessen anxiety, and post-exercise muscle soreness. (1) (2) (3)
Curcumin has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Antioxidants are important because they protect your body from free radicals and oxidative damage, which is believed to be a mechanism behind aging and many diseases…. Moreover, Curcumin boosts the activity of your body's own antioxidant enzymes and neutralizes free radicals on its own while stimulating your body’s own antioxidant enzymes. (4)
Turmeric has shown the potential to treat a variety of inflammatory diseases including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, psoriasis, etc.
First, Curcumin boosts levels BDNF, a brain hormone that is responsible for helping the brain grow by increasing the growth of new neurons and fighting various degenerative processes in your brain. Depression is linked to reduced levels of BDNF and a shrinking hippocampus, a brain area with a role in learning and memory. Curcumin boosts BDNF levels, potentially reversing some of these changes (5). BDNF has been shown to increase neurons and form new connections in the brain – two things we really need as we get older. BDNF builds up the “roadway” in your brain so that neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine can get where they need to go. High BDNF levels are linked to better memory and mood (6). When BDNF levels are low, the risk of Alzheimer’s(7) and depression increase. (8)
Second, a key feature of Alzheimer's disease is a buildup of protein tangles called amyloid plaques. Studies show that curcumin can help clear these plaques. (9)
Turmeric/curcumin is not easily absorbed into our bloodstream. If you would like to add a Turmeric supplement to your diet, you should find a product with BioPerine to enhances curcumin absorption by 2,000%. I Recommend this 42Nutrition Turmeric Curcumin Supplement you can buy on Amazon. Black pepper also aids in absorption.
350ml almond milk (or any milk of your choice)
¼ tsp ground turmeric
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground ginger
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp maple syrup
Put all the ingredients in a saucepan and whisk constantly over a gentle heat, ideally with a milk frother if you have one. Once hot, pour into mugs and sprinkle with a little more cinnamon to serve.