Turmeric is one of those superfoods that can help with so many conditions it’s hard to even touch upon half of them! Adding turmeric into your diet can benefit almost every aspect of your body because it is such a strong anti-inflammatory superfood, and chronic inflammation leads to chronic disease. Turmeric can also work as well as certain prescription medications without the side effects or added chemicals! Try adding tumeric into your diet to improve your overall health.
30 g turmeric
1. Turmeric Fights Inflammation
Turmeric is often known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties Although some inflammation is healthy, and necessary to fight off infection, chronic inflammation is very damaging, and contributes to nearly every chronic Western Disease. (1) Some of the diseases chronic inflammation contributes to includes heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s and a number of other degenerative diseases. Consuming foods that fight off inflammation, such as turmeric is essential to living an inflammation free life. Turmeric has been found to be so powerful, that it matches the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs. (2) Curcumin, the anti-inflammatory compound found in turmeric is able to target a number of steps in the inflammation process, resulting in lower levels of inflammation. NF-kB is a molecule that plays a large role in causing chronic inflammation, and turmeric is able to block this molecule from triggering inflammation. Turmeric is versatile and tastes great with many dishes, or even added to your smoothies.
2. Turmeric Increases the Antioxidants in Your Body
Antioxidants are so important for a healthy body, because they help us to fight off free radicals which cause oxidative damage, and result in chronic disease. To prevent chronic disease, it’s important to fuel our bodies with foods high in antioxidants, and foods like turmeric that are going to help to increase the amount of antioxidants found in the body. Not only can curcumin help to neutralize free radicals in the body, it also helps to boost our bodies own antioxidant enzymes. (3)
3. Turmeric can Fight Cancer
Turmeric has been studied and proven to help affect cancer growth, and reduce the spread of cancer. Turmeric may be able to reduce angiogenesis, which is the tumors own blood vessel system as well as helping to kill of cancerous cells. (4) There was a study conducted in 2007, that combined curcumin along side of chemotherapy to treat bowel cancer cells in a lab. The study showed that the combined treatment killed more cancer cells than just the chemotherapy alone! (5)
4. Turmeric may Work Better Than Certain Medications
Not only can turmeric work possibly as well as certain pain relieving medications, turmeric may be able to work as an anti-depressant as well. Numerous studies have shown that turmeric is effective in helping depression in laboratory animals, and the journal of Psychotherapy Research published a studied of 60 volunteers who had been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder. The study found that those who took the curcumin saw progress, and so much so that turmeric may have been as effective has taking Prozac for depression. Turmeric has also been shown to help arthritis pain nearly as much as arthritis medication!
5. Turmeric can Help to Manage Diabetes
By adding turmeric into your diet, it may help to lower blood sugar, and insulin resistance. A study done in 2009 by Biochemistry Research Communications found that the curcumin found in turmeric is actually an entire 400 times stronger in activating AMPK to improve insulin sensitivity than a common diabetes medication called Metformin! Turmeric supplementation may also be able to delay neuropathy that often comes with diabetes due to it’s potent anti-inflammatory effects.
1. Make an Inflammation Fighting Turmeric Tea
Turmeric makes for a great inflammation soothing tea. Turmeric tea is also great to drink when you are sick, or trying to boost your immune system.This tea is very easy to make, and has a pleasing taste. A great way to make this tea is with coconut milk, turmeric powder, ground cinnamon, honey, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Take a look at this step by step instruction liston how to easily make this tea.