Over the past several years I have come to really enjoy curries through authentic Thai and Indian dishes. I have also been discovering all the benefits of one of its star ingredients, turmeric!
Not only does this versatile spice add flavor for days but it could be argued to be one of the most powerful herbs on the planet fighting inflammation so many are plagued with and in turn decreasing pain! It's disheartening to me that so many people deal with pain daily. But, on the flip side, those who are making consistent changes in their diet, refining their pallets and adding in nutrient dense ingredients are noticing great improvements! I personally have been able to witness the life giving effects turmeric has had on their lives.
One of its most spotlighted healing compound is curcumin. This herb is so popular it has been frequently mentioned in top studied herbs alongside garlic, ginger, ginseng, cinnamon and milk thistle!
Many are reporting it's blessings to cancel out prescription drugs! WOW! Time to get off the ol' medication drug train folks!
So let's examine a few of the benefits that surpass medications from those who have taken it under the microscope:
Turmeric contains curcumin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Most studies used turmeric extracts that are standardized to include large amounts of curcumin.
Chronic inflammation is known to be a contributor to many common Western diseases. Curcumin can inhibit many molecules known to play major roles in inflammation.
Curcumin has powerful antioxidant effects. It neutralizes free radicals on its own, then stimulates the body’s own antioxidant enzymes.
Curcumin boosts levels of the brain hormone BDNF, which increases the growth of new neurons and fights various degenerative processes in the brain.
Curcumin has beneficial effects on several factors known to play a role in heart disease. It improves the function of the endothelium and is a potent anti-inflammatory agent and antioxidant.
Curcumin leads to several changes on the molecular level that may help prevent and perhaps even treat cancer.
Curcumin can cross the blood-brain barrier and has been shown to lead to various improvements in the pathological process of Alzheimer’s disease.
Arthritis is a common disorder characterized by joint inflammation. Many studies show that curcumin can help treat symptoms of arthritis and is in some cases more effective than anti-inflammatory drugs.
A study in 60 depressed patients showed that curcumin was as effective as prozac in alleviating the symptoms of depression.
*Curcumin alone is not easily absorbable but has been shown to be more readily available if consumed with piperine, black pepper. It can enhance the absorption by 2000%!