- Turmeric, the spice that gives curry it’s yellow color, isn’t just to make your food taste yummy. It has major health benefits too! It’s been used for thousands of years not just for food but for its medicinal purposes as well.
- The thing that makes turmeric so healing is a compound called curcumin. If taking turmeric as a supplement, make sure you get a supplement that includes turmeric root Curcuma longa as well as turmeric root extract. I found mine at Walmart and it’s a brand called Sundown Naturals. The extract gives you a high dose of curcumin, or curcuminoids.
- It’s important to note that curcumin on its own doesn’t absorb very well into the bloodstream. Curcumin is fat soluble, so make sure to take the supplement with a meal in order to properly absorb it into your bloodstream. You can also take the supplement within a drink called Golden Milk. Black pepper also helps the body to properly absorb curcumin, so you could always take a black pepper supplement with it or even just swallow a couple black peppercorns.
Now, on to the (proven) health benefits of turmeric!
- Natural anti-inflammatory. This makes it helpful in stopping pain associated with chronic inflammation conditions. Such as arthritis, migraines and endometriosis!
- It’s an antioxidant. Helps the body fight against free radicals which cause all sorts of havoc to the body.
- It’s been linked to improve brain function and lower risk of brain disease. It’s even been shown to help prevent Alzheimer’s as well as slow down the progression of the disease.
- Can lower your risk of heart disease
- Can help prevent and maybe even treat cancer! Studies have shown that curcumin can reduce the growth of cancer cells as well as inhibit the growth of tumors.
- Prevent and treat depression! Studies performed showed curcumin helps with depression.
As you can see, there are TONS of amazing reasons to use turmeric!
I feel I should mention that I am not a medical doctor. Please consult a physician for any health concerns. All information I’ve provided have been through my research in various books and information found online.