TURMERIC

TURMERIC

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The spice known as turmeric may be the most effective nutritional supplement in existence.
Many high-quality studies show that turmeric has major benefits for your body and brain. Many of these benefits come from its main active ingredient, curcumin.
Turmeric is a spice that comes from the root of the curcuma longa plant, which is a perennial in the ginger family. Its major active ingredient is curcumin.

Turmeric’s treasure lies in curcumin’s benefits. Curcumin has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Researchers are investigating whether it may help diseases in which inflammation plays a role — from arthritis to ulcerative colitis.

Turmeric health benefits

The spice, which is easy to add to smoothies and curries, shows promise when it comes to the following health benefits.

Lessens inflammation
For chronic conditions where inflammation starts to affect tissues in your body, taking turmeric may be beneficial.

In one study of patients with ulcerative colitis, those who took 2 grams of curcumin a day along with prescription medication were more likely to stay in remission than those who took the medicine alone.

Improves memory
Another clinical trial showed that 90 milligrams of curcumin taken twice a day for 18 months helped improve memory performance in adults without dementia.

Lessens pain
Turmeric has also deep roots in both Chinese traditional medicine and Ayurveda for treating arthritis. Research suggests that taking turmeric extract could potentially reduce pain from osteoarthritis, though further study is still needed.

Fights free radicals
Turmeric has antioxidant properties and one study shows that it may protect your body from free radicals by neutralizing them.
Another study suggests that turmeric’s antioxidant effects may also stimulate the action of other antioxidants.

Lowers risk of heart disease
With its ability to help reduce inflammation and oxidation, turmeric could lower the risk of heart disease.

Studies show that turmeric may help reverse the heart disease process. In healthy middle-aged and older adults who took curcumin supplements for 12 weeks, resistance artery endothelial production — which plays a significant role in high blood pressure — was increased.

Turmeric also may be helpful when used along with medication for managing cholesterol levels. Research shows that curcumin is safe and may protect those at risk for heart disease by lowering certain levels of cholesterol, though more study is needed to look at how much and what type is effective.

Helps fight depression
If you have depression, the protein known as brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is reduced and your hippocampus, which helps with learning and memory, starts to shrink. A study shows that curcumin can boost BDNF levels and may reverse changes.
Helps prevent cancer
Curcumin may affect cancer growth and development according to a few studies.
One study, which focused on colorectal cancer, saw a 40% reduction of the number of lesions in the colon in men.

Nutritional value

While doctors commonly recommend taking 500 milligrams twice daily with food, the dose that’s right for you depends on your overall health. More isn’t always better, so talk to your doctor.

For optimal absorption, should taking with heart-healthy fats like oils, avocado, nuts and seeds.

While the risk of side effects is low and drug interactions are unlikely, must stop taking turmeric if is noticed ill effects. Turmeric may cause bloating, and there is a theoretical concern that it may interact with blood-clotting medications. Also to avoid it if has gallbladder disease.

Always talk to your doctor before starting a dietary supplement, since they could potentially interact with other medications you’re taking. Turmeric can help supplement your conventional care, but it’s not a substitute for medicine.

No dietary supplement can replace medications or even a well-rounded diet, If your diet is poor, taking a curcumin supplement isn’t going to do anything miraculous.

How to use turmeric

You can take turmeric as a supplement or use it as a spice.

Not ready to commit to a supplement? While cooking with turmeric doesn’t give you as big of a health boost, you can still benefit by adding it to:

  • Smoothies.
  • Golden milk.
  • Soups.
  • Scrambled eggs.
  • Muffins.
  • Rice.
  • Roasted veggies.

It’s one of the main ingredients in a curry sauce — it’s potent, pungent, bitter and very earthy. You can buy the spice ground these days from many supermarkets and spice stores, or you can buy the fresh root and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can then peel, and chop or grate to use in your recipes.

Source: Cleveland Clinic 

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