7 Health Benefits of Turmeric

7 Health Benefits of Turmeric

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I have written quite a lot about my battle with knee pain and the struggle I have encountered to find suitable exercises.  As I’ve got older, I’ve found that the exercises I used to find effortless are actually quite difficult.  This has been incredibly frustrating but I have been looking for alternatives to medications such as anti-inflammatories [Naproxen] and invasive procedures that I really don’t want to think about yet.

I’ve already started taking marine collagen which I have found very good in providing me with some very noticeable relief.  However, my quest hasn’t ended and I have been reading extensively about the power of turmeric and its powerful qualities which Asian folk seem to have known about for a very long time.

What I found out was amazing and I’ve already ordered my turmeric supplement to give it a go and ultimately to report back.

So what’s to love about turmeric?

7 Health Benefits of Turmeric – #1 = it has powerful medicinal qualities

Just buying some turmeric from the supermarket and throwing it into a curry isn’t the way to go although adding its beautiful yellow colour to food will certainly look appetising!

What we need to look out for are the ‘curcuminoids’ and the most important one of those is curcumin which is the main active ingredient in turmeric.  The percentage of curcumin in turmeric is around 3% so we need to take a specially formulated extract that contains a higher percentage of curcumin.

I have also just bought a supplement that contains black pepper.  Why? Because black pepper contains piperine which helps the body absorb curcumin by up to 2000%.

I know, the mind boggles.

7 Health Benefits of Turmeric – #2 = it’s a natural anti-inflammatory

Inflammation of our tissues on a long term basis is a common Western affliction and curcumin can help to fight chronic inflammation.

This is exactly what I was looking for.  Instead of taking Naproxen, how fantastic would it be if a natural compound was as effective as a Western medicine?

Tests have shown that curcumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory which can help to inhibit the molecules that cause inflammation

7 Health Benefits of Turmeric – #3 = it’s a powerful antioxidant

Scientists and the beauty experts have been talking about the effects of free radicals and oxidant damage for years.

It has a direct effect on ageing and so if we are living in a world where people are living and working for longer then surely we need to think about how we can live the best life we can.

Yes, you guessed it.  Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant that not only blocks free radicals but also gets our bodies to kick start its own antioxidant crusade.

7 Health Benefits of Turmeric – #4 = it lowers the risk of heart disease

Heart disease is a huge and indiscriminate killer.

However, curcumin may be able to reverse the process of heart disease by improving the function of blood vessels.

Therefore, blood pressure and blood clotting can be helped by taking curcumin.  The reduction in inflammation and oxidation [referred to above] is also another important aspect of preventing heart disease.

7 Health Benefits of Turmeric – #5 = it can help prevent and treat cancer

As I get older, I have become so much more aware of how this awful disease touches people we know and love.  It seems that everyone knows of someone who is fighting a battle with cancer and I am no exception.  So anything that can help its prevention is worth considering in my book.

Cancer is basically the uncontrolled growth of cells and curcumin has been found to have an effect on cancer growth, development and spread.

Obviously, I’m not a doctor so you should consult a medical expert if you’re at all uncertain but tests have shown that curcumin can make changes to molecules that may prevent or even treat cancer.

9 Health Benefits of Turmeric – #6 = it may prevent and treat Alzheimer’s Disease

Again, I think most of us know of someone whose life has been affected by this awful, degenerative disease.

Indeed, prevention is better than cure and there is still no cure for Alzheimer’s.  It’s a disease that’s characterised by protein plaques and curcumin’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects have been shown to be able to help clear these plaques.

7 Health Benefits of Turmeric – #7 = it can help depression

Mental health is an issue that is becoming more talked about than ever before.  So, the option of taking a natural as opposed to a medical antidepressant sounds very appealing.

There is now evidence to show that curcumin can boost serotonin and dopamine which are the ‘feel good’ hormones.  In a nutshell, a small study showed that curcumin was as effective as an antidepressant such as Prozac.

I know which one I’d prefer and I can’t wait to start taking my supplements!  If you’re already taking a curcumin supplement, I would love to hear from you.

Here’s to life on your terms,

 

Rachel a.k.a The Life Hack Tutor

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