Turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory properties and is incredibly healthy for body and brain. Turmeric has a number of, clinically proven, health benefits that you can read more about here. We hope you are convinced to include more of this healthy herb in your own diet. Do you have input? Use the comment box below or ours Facebook Page - feel free to share the post.
Turmeric has been used in India for thousands of years as both a spice and a medicinal herb - in fact, it is this spice that gives curry its characteristic yellow color. The active ingredient in turmeric is called curcumin and is a strong antioxidant with strong anti-inflammatory (fighting inflammation) properties.
Alzheimer's is one of the leading neurodegenerative diseases in the world - and a major cause of dementia. There are no definitive treatments for this disease, but it has been seen that inflammatory reactions and oxidative damage play a role in the development of this disorder. As is well known, turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory effects and it has also been proven that curcumin can cross the blood-brain barrier - which means that the drugs can actually reach the affected areas. (1, 2)
However, we see the most important effect through a study that showed that curcumin can reduce plaque formation - which is the main cause of Alzheimer's. (3)
Curcumin has shown very exciting results as a potential treatment for depression.
In a randomized study with 60 participants, divided into three groups, the patients who received curcumin as treatment had almost as good results as the drug prozac (a known antidepressant that is marketed as Fontex Lilly in Norway). It was seen that the group that received both treatment methods in combination had the best results. (5) There are other studies that have shown that curcumin can increase the brain's content of neurotransmitters (dopamine and serotonin). (6)
Rheumatism is a relatively common health problem and many people often look for ways to relieve symptoms and pain. Turmeric can be a good help against symptoms of such disorders. This is thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties.
In a study of 45 participants (4), the researchers concluded that curcumin was more effective than diclofenac sodium (better known as Voltaren) in the treatment of active rheumatic arthritis. They further wrote that unlike Voltaren, curcumin has no negative side effects. Turmeric can thus be a healthy and good alternative for those who suffer from osteoarthritis and / or rheumatism - yet we do not see many recommendations from GPs that patients with such ailments should consume curcumin instead of medication.
Curcumin has shown positive results in studies in reducing heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer's. It is therefore no major surprise that it has its clear health benefits in relation to preventing age-related ailments and ensuring an increased quality of life.
Oxidative damage and degeneration are thought to be one of the most important mechanisms leading to aging and degenerative changes. Curcumin is a very potent antioxidant that stops this "oxidative chain reaction" full of free radicals. In fact, studies have shown that curcumin neutralizes these free radicals and boosts the body's antioxidant capacity. (9)
Cardiovascular disease is the world's leading cause of death.
Turmeric has a clinically proven positive effect on the endothelial cells of the blood vessel wall. These cells help the body regulate blood pressure and prevent the accumulation of arteriosclerosis. (7) So-called endothelial dysfunction is a very high risk factor for heart disease. Studies have shown that curcumin is just as effective as Lipitor when it comes to improving endothelial function. (8)
Cancer is a terrible disorder that affects far too many people - and is characterized by uncontrolled cell division.
Researchers have tried to use curcumin as a supplement in cancer treatment and have proven that it can affect cancer growth, development and spread - at the molecular level. (10) One of the most important things they found out was that such a supplement could help reduce the supply of blood supply to cancerous tumors, as well as reduce metastasis (cancer spread). (11) More and larger studies - human studies - are needed to be able to determine whether this can be part of future cancer treatment, but there is already a lot of exciting research in the field that looks positive.
Seven incredibly exciting health benefits, all with the support of research (so you can argue above even the worst Besserwizzer you know!), So you may have been convinced to eat a little more turmeric in your diet? Maybe you should make yourself a delicious curry tonight? It is both healthy and good. We would love to hear from you on our Facebook page if you have comments on other positive impact methods.
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