Improved mood, better heart health, and reduced inflammation are just a few of the amazing health benefits of turmeric. Here’s a closer look at this potent spice…
Turmeric has been known for its potent health benefits for centuries, and modern science has confirmed the benefits of this powerful spice. Curcumin (the compound that gives turmeric its characteristic bright orange color) has been found to play an important role in controlling inflammation, which has been linked to almost all chronic modern health problems – from heart disease to cancer and diabetes, inflammatory skin conditions like eczema, and chronic pain conditions like tendonitis and bursitis among others. A number of studies have verified that curcumin’s results compare favorably to anti-inflammatory drugs. It may also help to inhibit the growth of cancer cells, improve blood vessel health, alleviate depression and arthritis, and more.
Turmeric can be taken as a supplement but is commonly used as a spice in curries in Middle Eastern cuisine. There are numerous other ways to enjoy it as well (stay tuned for a tasty recipe later this week.) In the meantime, let’s take a closer look at 3 of the amazing health benefits of this wonder spice:
Boosts Your Mood
Curcumin works in your body as a natural antidepressant – and possibly helps quell anxiety too. A study in the journal Phytotherapy Research showed that curcumin was as effective as Prozac in alleviating symptoms of depression. It may also work by boosting the brain neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, helping you to feel calm, balanced and happy.
Reduces Blood Sugar
High blood sugar wreaks havoc on your body in all sorts of ways…From weight gain to increase your risk for diabetes and heart disease. High glucose levels accelerate the aging process, inside and out, even affecting your appearance. New research shows that people with type 2 diabetes who had elevated blood sugar were more likely to “look” older than those with lower blood sugar, who look “younger” than their age. The good news: curcumin helps to lower blood sugar by improving insulin’s ability to bind to sugar.
Note: because it can lower blood sugar, anyone taking diabetes medications or insulin will want to monitor blood sugar levels while taking curcumin.
Promotes Heart Health
Curcumin has beneficial effects on several factors that contribute to heart disease. It improves the function of the endothelium lining the blood vessels and is a potent anti-inflammatory agent and antioxidant. Studies reveal that turmeric supplements can reduce total cholesterol, as well as LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.