The Super Benefits of Turmeric
I suppose you’ve already heard of Turmeric, and perhaps you’re wondering what all the hype is about when friends, colleagues or even your Yoga instructor go on about the marvellous benefits of this particular root.
Well to get started, what is it? Turmeric is a versatile ingredient, and there are many delicious ways to add it to your diet. Warm, earthy, and pleasantly bitter, it adds depth to dishes both savory and sweet. Chicken curry wouldn’t be the same without it. You can stir it into scrambled eggs and sautéed greens. Or let it tint your morning tea: ‘golden milk’ is a similar concept to your usual latte or chai, but made with the sunny super spice.
Studies show curcumin a compound in turmeric, contains powerful antioxidants that can soothe your stomach, relieve achy joints, and potentially help to fight a long list of diseases, including cancer, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, and arthritis. No wonder turmeric has earned a gold star as an anti-inflammatory food.
So why take it as a supplement?
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.
However, the curcumin content of turmeric is not that high. It’s around 3%, by weight.
Most of the studies on this herb are using turmeric extracts that contain mostly curcumin itself, with dosages usually exceeding 1 gram per day.
It would be very difficult to reach these levels just using the turmeric spice in your foods.
Therefore, if you want to experience the full effects, you need to take a supplement that contains significant amounts of curcumin.
What are the main benefits of Turmeric?
Turmeric is Anti-Inflammatory: The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, a potent anti-inflammatory that helps maintain healthy inflammation responses.
The typical western diet (think lots of processed foods, sugar, and alcohol) leads to what is called “chronic inflammation” in the body. Doctors believe this inflammation is a silent killer, because it sets the body up to be the perfect host for diseases like heart disease cancer, Alzheimer’s, and even obesity.
That’s why you want to do everything you can to bring down inflammation, including eating more unprocessed whole vegetables and fruit along with specific spices (like turmeric) and herbs known to fight inflammatory responses.
As previously mentioned, one of the main anti-inflammatory components of turmeric is called curcumin, which one scientific study found to be as effective as some over-the-counter drugs in bringing down inflammation in the body. The researchers actually found that aspirin and ibuprofen (active ingredient in Advil) were the LEAST effective out of all of the anti-inflammatory compounds they studied.
Turmeric Supports Healthy Joints: Beneficial in promoting overall joint health and mobility
So when it comes to taking turmeric for your joints, it was shown most effective when taken before symptoms kick in as a preventative measure to keep your joints healthy, pain-free, and mobile. But some studies have demonstrated it can help treat osteoarthritis (a degenerative disease of the joint) as well.
Turmeric Promotes Heart Health: The properties support the overall health of the cardiovascular system.
One of the most interesting benefits of curcumin is how it can improve the lining of blood vessels (known as the endothelium). When the endothelium isn’t working properly, it can’t properly regulate blood pressure and clotting, which can lead to heart disease
Find out many more benefits in the coming blogs! But for now, if any of this has caught your attention you can experience the benefits for yourself! And if you know anyone who could benefit from turmeric, please share this post with them!