Turmeric belongs to the ginger family, and most people know it as “the golden space.” The yellow spice is a common ingredient in Ayurvedic remedies, and it has an incredible healing power.
In the past, ancient Indian healers used turmeric to treat skin conditions and respiratory ailments. Well, it’s used by modern healers, too.
Turmeric is a staple ingredient in Indian cuisine. It’s usually added to curries and stews. This incredible spice is the best natural remedy you will very use, and it offers a wide range of health benefits.
Curcumin gives turmeric its anti-inflammatory power, as confirmed by Manohar Garg, professor of nutrition at the University of Newcastle.
Store-bought turmeric has around 3 percent of curcumin which is why you should avoid these stores. Look for concentrated forms of turmeric or a nanoparticle form of curcumin.
We have listed some of the benefits provided by turmeric
1. Brain power
Golden milk prevents dementia and optimizes your brain function. It reduces beta-amyloid and tau protein. Experts have confirmed that high levels of these substances lead to dementia.
A 2018 study conducted by a group of researchers at UCLA found that you can improve your memory and attention by taking 90mg of it twice a day.
Turmeric milk improves your mood and treats depression. A 2014 study based on 56 participants with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) confirmed that “curcumin was significantly more effective than placebo in improving several mood-related symptoms.”
Participants took one gram every day for eight weeks. The results were published in the Journal of Affective Disorders.
Curcumin lowers blood glucose and other diabetes-related conditions. The results of a double-blind, randomized study on 240 pre-diabetics was released in the journal Diabetes Care.
Researchers split participants in two groups. Participants in group one were given curcumin, and the others were part of a placebo group. The observation lasted for 9 months.
It showed that 19 of the 116 placebo group patients had type 2 diabetes. Curcumin was given to 124 patients, and none of them had diabetes.
4. Bad cholesterol
Curcumin and phytosterols work in a perfect synergy, and can help in lowering your levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol.
A 2017 study released in The FASEB Journal, participants diagnosed with hypercholesterolemia took part in a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial.
They were given (a) a double placebo, (b) 2 grams/day of PS, (c) 200 mg/day of curcumin, or (d) a combination of PS and curcumin.
Participants in group ‘d’ lowered their LDL cholesterol by 10-13.5 percent. Those in group ‘c’ had their levels lowered by 3 percent. In groups ‘b’ and ‘a’ participants lowered their levels by 8 and 1 percent respectively.
5. Arthritis – prevention and treatment
Inflammation is a primary cause of rheumatoid arthritis and other health conditions. Curcumin can help you reduce inflammation in your body. Two similar studies provided great results.
In the first study, participants received 500 mg of curcumin, and they had less pain than those who took diclofenac sodium.
In the second study, researchers found that, “C. Domestica [curcumin] extracts are as effective as ibuprofen for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis.” Curcumin also caused fewer gastrointestinal problems when compared to ibuprofen.
6. Burn fat
Turmeric boosts metabolism thanks to its curcumin content.
A 2014 review released in Indian Journal of Natural Products and Resources showed that curcumin has several weight loss mechanisms.
[Curcumin] is effective against inflammation, oxidative stress … maintains the harmony of nutritional substances,” so it is “beneficial for the management of obesity.”
A study released in European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences showed that curcumin promotes weight loss. Curcumin supplementation showed the following results:
- Doubled weight loss
- 7-8.5 percent of body fat burnt
- High (threefold) waistline reduction
This claim is supported by a great deal of evidence. Curcumin blocks cell proliferation and induces cancer cell death (apoptosis) and division (mitosis). You should take nanocurcumin or a concentrated form of turmeric.
Curcumin can prevent and treat:
- breast cancer
- colorectal cancer
- pancreatic cancer
- prostate cancer
Turmeric milk recipe
- 1 cup milk of your choice
- ¾ tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp honey
- ¼ tsp black ground pepper
Add the ingredients to a saucepan, and bring the liquid to a simmer. Turn the heat off, and let the liquid cool a bit before you add honey. Your turmeric milk is ready!
Make sure you use turmeric with at least 1 gram of curcumin or buy high-quality curcumin supplements. Don’t forget to add black pepper because this spice increases the bioavailability of turmeric by 2,000 percent.
Curcumin is fat-soluble, and it works even better when combined with healthy fats. You can combine turmeric with fatty fish.
Also, keep in mind that nanocurcumin is better than typical curcumin. The results of this study were released in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
Find the best way to use turmeric and enjoy its benefits!