If I could drink cups of Turmeric, I probably would. Ok, maybe I wouldn’t go that far, but there was a point in time when I would put so much turmeric on my food that it turned my palms orange. I’ve toned it down a bit to avoid dermal dying, but still make sure to supplement with turmeric every day. Not only does this fragrant spice add a deliciously savory flavor to any dish, it has major health benefits too.
For thousands of years, this plant has been used across Asia, from India to China, in Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine. Originally used as a dye, which becomes evident if you’ve ever handled freshly peeled turmeric rhizomes, turmeric has found its way back into common healing practice. For millennia it has been used to treat colds, infections, and digestive issues, similarly to its cousin, ginger. No longer are these healing claims anecdotal. Curcumin, the main healing compound found in turmeric has received much-needed attention in the last decade. Mainstream science has poked and prodded this healing plant, and the results are in: Turmeric really works!
5 Amazing Benefits of Turmeric
Powerful Natural Anti-Inflammatory
Health problems ranging from asthma to heart disease all have a basis in inflammation. A 2004 study published in Oncogene showed that curcumin, the active healing compound in turmeric, was a more potent anti-inflammatory than aspirin and ibuprofen.
Published in the Phytotherapy Research journal, researchers discovered that curcumin was as effective as Prozac in managing depression. “This study provides the first clinical evidence that curcumin may be used as an effective and safe therapy for treatment in patients with Mild Depression.”
Powerful Against Arthritis
A 2012 study published in Phytotherapy Research compared curcumin in turmeric to arthritis drugs. “The curcumin group showed the highest percentage of improvement in overall [Disease Activity Score] scores and these scores were significantly better than the patients in the diclofenac sodium group. More importantly, curcumin treatment was found to be safe and did not relate with any adverse events. Our study provides the first evidence for the safety and superiority of curcumin treatment in patients with active RA”
Auburn University studied curcumin as it related to diabetes and proved its remarkable efficacy. The study published in Biochemistry and Biophysical Research Communications circa 2009 showed this natural remedy to be “400 times more potent than Metformin (a common diabetes drug) in activating AMPK which improves insulin sensitivity which can help reverse Type 2 Diabetes.”
According to the American Cancer Society, “Laboratory studies have also shown that curcumin interferes with cancer development, growth, and spread. Researchers have reported that curcumin blocked the formation of cancer-causing enzymes in rodents.” Similar studies also showed that adding curcumin to conventional treatment combined to kill more cancer cells than chemo alone.
Many spices have been known to possess certain health benefits, but turmeric is in a class all by itself. Being able to counteract the destructive nature of inflammation with something as unsuspecting as a powdered root while avoiding the side effects of over the counter drugs makes turmeric a must have. One additional tip when it comes to using turmeric: adding ground pepper dramatically increases the absorption and benefits of this deep orange wonder-spice!
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