Have you heard of Turmeric? It’s a spice that comes from the Turmeric plant and is commonly used in Indian and Asian cooking. It’s also part of the ginger family! If you’ve had curry before, you’ve most likely tasted what turmeric tastes like. It’s a bit bitter to taste with a bit of a kick of pepper and adds an orange color to foods. But what you may not know is the many health benefits that this powerhouse spice has!
Just a little bit about the nutrition of turmeric. Contains good amounts of protein, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Dietary Fiber, Vitamin B6, Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium and Manganese.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
It’s huge to decrease inflammation. We know now that lots of diseases occur because of some type of chronic inflammation going on in our body. Diseases such as heart disease, cancer, auto-immune diseases, and other various degenerative conditions. Turmeric contains the chemical curcumin which helps to decrease swelling that comes with inflammation. I won’t go into the big medical words, but just know that curcumin targets multiple steps in the inflammatory pathway at the molecular level. In several studies, its potency has compared quite favorably to anti-inflammatory pharmaceutical drugs.. EXCEPT WITHOUT ALL THE SIDE EFFECTS! (Thanks Pharma companies!) (1) For me, I’ve been using it as my joint support formula since I’m very active and do lots of things to impact my joints, so this helps to decrease the inflammation that I have going on in my knees especially. And actually when you take a look at different formulas for joint support formulas, you may actually see some turmeric in there already! So you may already have some in your diet and you may not have known!
Turmeric has been shown to fight free-radical damage and increase antioxidant capacity. This is great! Because we cannot control all the free radicals that are in the environment, but by adding in something as powerful as turmeric to your daily diet, it can help boost your body’s natural antioxidant capacity, which will help to boost your defense system. Something to know is that curcumin alone isn’t absorbed very well by the bloodstream. But you can increase its absorption properties by having it with a high fat meal or also consuming it with black pepper. Black pepper is comprised of piperine, which is a potent inhibitor of drug metabolism. Pairing it with even just a pinch of black pepper will shoot the absorption by up to 2000%!! (2) You may have heard of Golden Milk. I first heard about this from a friend who’s husband swears by it and drinks it every night. But you basically warm up some milk and add a teaspoon of Turmeric. This of course gives you the anti-inflammation benefits but it also acts as a natural sedative as well due to easing your digestive system. So give it a try! I know I will be 🙂
HELPS WITH JOINT PAIN
Like I had mentioned above, because of its’ anti-inflammatory properties, this helps to decrease the swelling at the joints and other problem areas. If you’d like the studies that have been completed and how it works at a molecular level, read it here.
BOOST BRAIN HEALTH
It has been shown to increase levels of a hormone called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) which plays a key role in long-term cognitive function. It has been used in traditional medicine to boost cognitive abilities, increase concentration, and boost memory retention. Along the lines of brain health, turmeric can stimulate neural activity and prevent cognitive degradations. How? Curcumin helps to clear out amyloid plaque, which in Alzheimers this is a major indication of the disease.
PREVENTS BLOOD CLOTS & IMPROVES HEART HEALTH
Turmeric is known for being a powerful blood thinner. With this said, if you’re already on some sort of blood thinning agents such as Coumadin, don’t start on any Turmeric supplementation without the guidance and approval of your primary care physician. Because Turmeric has Vitamin B6 in it, this helps to prevent cell wall damage, which helps to prevent other problems that occur when the walls are damaged, such as plaque build up.
Many other benefits that I have read from various articles and studies include preventing cancer, detoxifying the liver, delaying aging, treating depression and other mood disorders, treating skin disorders, treats gut issues, regulates digestion, regulates cholesterol, and many more!
HOW MUCH TURMERIC SHOULD I TAKE?
According to NIH, for adults, its recommended you can take up to 500mg up to 4 times per day. At least 500mg – 1,000mg per day to get the anti-inflammatory effects.
With anything, do some research for yourself and try out a few recipes! Remember to slow down and listen to how your body feels when adding anything new. Does your body like it? Does you body not like it? Everyone is different so how your body reacts to it, that’s just you. Our body’s are smart and they know what we need in order to function well. We just have to take the time to listen.
Try this recipe!
- 2 Cups of milk of your choice. (I like Almond Milk and Coconut milk is also popular)
- 1 tsp Tuermeric
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
- pinch of ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp ginger powder
- 1 tsp raw honey or stevia (optional for taste)
- Blend all ingredients til smooth
- Pour into saucepan and heat for a few minutes until hot, but not boiling.
- Drink and enjoy
Recipe obtained from Wellness Mama.
I hope you found this beneficial! I know at least for me, I’m not perfect, but if I can get the benefits from real foods and herbs instead of using over the counter NSAIDS such as Ibuprofen or Tylenol that have multiple side effects, I’d rather try something all natural! Of course I’m doing my own research on it and just trying to share and hope it helps others as well!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great rest of the week! The weekend is almost here… hang in there!
Peace, Love, and Awesomeness,
Coach MelRan ❤
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