Even though today turmeric is the most popular used spice, for hundreds of years this ingredient was used because of its amazing medicinal benefits. Its potential to treat and prevent numerous health issues was confirmed even by 7000 scientific studies around the world. It was used as a common remedy in Ayurveda for more than 2 millennia. Also, this spice is a powerful blood cleanser which was used by doctors in order to help kings in the case of poisoning However, it took time for the Western medicine to include turmeric into its treatments.
As we said before more than 7000 studies proved the health benefits of this amazing spice. In the United States, turmeric has been used only in the last three decades.
Besides in cooking, turmeric has been used and in the traditional medicine due to its potent health benefits. It fights infections, reduce inflammation, and treats digestive problems. Nowadays, numerous people are becoming aware of its effectiveness and capacity to treat various health problems.
The amazing health benefits of turmeric
From clearing infections to reducing inflammation, this spice has healing properties.
#1 Reduces Inflammation
Dr. Randy J. Horwitz, the medical director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, wrote a paper for the American Academy of Pain Management in which he discussed the health benefits of turmeric.
“Turmeric is one of the most potent natural anti-inflammatories available,” Horwitz states in the paper.
He went on to cite a 2006 University of Arizona study that examined the effect of turmeric on rats with injected rheumatoid arthritis. According to Horwitz, pretreatment with turmeric completely inhibited the onset of rheumatoid arthritis in the rats. In addition, the study found that using turmeric for pre-existing rheumatoid arthritis resulted in a significant reduction of symptoms.
Some research shows that curcumin might ease symptoms of uveitis — long-term inflammation in the middle layer of the eye. Other research shows that taking turmeric daily for several months may improve kidney function for people with kidney inflammation.
#2 Reduces the Risk of Cancer
Researchers at the American Cancer Society claim that Curcumin can interfere with several important molecular pathways, involve in cancer development, spread and growth, with another study confirming the amazing properties of Curcumin. For example, it is extremely beneficial in the case of lymphoma, leukemia, as well as breast cancer, gastrointestinal cancers, ovarian cancer, lung cancer, melanoma and a whole list of other life-threatening conditions.
#3 Aids Digestion and Relieves Digestive-Related Disorders
Turmeric contains potent anti-inflammatory features that reduce symptoms of digestive disorders. In a study conducted by the University of Maryland, it was proved that turmeric treats ulcerative colitis and indigestion. According to the results, Curcumin, which is found in turmeric, stimulates the gallbladder production, thus improving digestion.
#4 Promotes Brain Health
According to experts, Curcumin improves the brain’s capacity for learning. Moreover, it prevents neurodegenerative issues, dementia and Alzheimer’s included. It was proved in a study that there is a great connection between Curcumin and enhanced cognition. Actually, turmeric helps in neuroplasticity, which is the production and development of new brain connections.
#5 Promotes Heart Health
It was proved in a study conducted by the University of Maryland that turmeric is good for the heart health since it removes plaque accumulation. In fact, plaque accumulation in the arteries provokes a heart attack or stroke. Curcumin can reduce the levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) and at the same time, can prevent blood clots.
#6 Relieves Arthritis Symptoms
Thanks to its potent anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric alleviates arthritis symptoms effectively. Moreover, turmeric provides better results than many other pharmaceutical alternatives. According to experts, patients suffering of rheumatoid arthritis who added curcumin into their diet reduced this disease.
We present you 7 easy ways to use turmeric daily:
1. Turmeric Kefir
Just add 1 teaspoon of turmeric to a cup of kefir and your drink is ready. Enjoy!
2. Turmeric Juice Shot
- ½ lemon
- Sea salt
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder or ½ inch turmeric root
Firstly you need to squeeze the lemon. Then, mix its juice with a pinch of sea salt and turmeric. Also, you can use a blender to mix these ingredients.
3. Turmeric Soup
- 4 cups veggie or organic bone broth
- 1 knuckle grated/chopped turmeric
Simmer the broth along with turmeric for 15 minutes. Strain the biggest chunks, and in order to increase the bioavailability of turmeric, you need to add a bit of black pepper.
4. Turmeric Tea
The simple and easy way is to chop some turmeric and add it to the tea maker.
But, also, there is another method you can prepare the tea.
- A squeeze of lime
- ½ teaspoon fresh grated turmeric
- Dash of black pepper
- 1 cup hot water
- Raw honey to taste
You need to boil the water and add the turmeric. Let it simmer for 5 minutes and then you can remove it from the heat. Strain it and add the rest of the ingredients. Enjoy your tea!
5. Golden Milk
The simple recipe is to add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder to a glass of warm coconut milk. But, we present you another more delicious recipe:
- 1 fresh grated turmeric/ turmeric powder
- ¼ teaspoon freshly grated ginger powder
- 2 teaspoons raw honey
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup of coconut or almond milk
- ¼ cup of water
- Dash of cardamom
- Dash of cinnamon
- Dash of clove
Add all the ingredients in a pot and simmer for 1 minute.
6. Turmeric Scramble
Just add a bit of turmeric to your eggs while making your breakfast!
7. Turmeric Smoothie
Just add turmeric to your favorite smoothie. Or, you can try this recipe:
- 1 teaspoon of fresh turmeric/turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon maca root
- ½ coconut or almond milk
- 2 tablespoons coconut flakes
- 1 teaspoon hemp seed hearts
- 1 ½ cups frozen pineapple or mango
- Dash of black pepper
Just add all the ingredients in a blender, and blend them well. Now you can enjoy the health benefits of turmeric smoothie!
How Much Is Too Much?
There are no official guidelines for the intake of turmeric, but the acceptable intake level for curcumin is 1.4 mg per pound (3 mg/kg) of body weight.
Turmeric and curcumin supplements do not seem to have any serious side effects.
However, some people may be prone to mild discomfort, such as headaches or diarrhea, at high doses.
Keep in mind that low-quality turmeric may be adulterated with cheap fillers, such as wheat starch, which will cause adverse symptoms in people with gluten intolerance.
Source: bewellhub, thehealthy-living.