Why You Need Turmeric In Your Diet
How Turmeric Can Improve Your Well Being
Turmeric could possibly be the most effective nutritional supplement available today.
There have been many studies which show the benefits of turmeric from the boosting brain and digestive health.
1. ANTI - INFLAMMATORY COMPOUND
Inflammation is very important.
It helps the body fight off foreign invaders. With out it bacteria can take over our bodies and cause havoc.
It turns out curcumin is a very strong anti - inflammatory, it actually targets multiple steps in the inflammatory pathway at the molecular level.
Curcumin blocks, a molecule which travels through the nuclei and turns on the cells which relate to inflammation.
2. IMPROVE BRAIN FUNCTION
Neurons in the brain can create new connections, in certain parts of the brain they can multiple in numbers. There is a growth hormone process in the brain called Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF). Many brain disorders have been linked to a decrease in levels this hormone.
Curcumin can increase the brain levels BDNF (1)
A study showed 60 adults that took 400mg of solid curcumin had improved performance on sustained attention and working on memory tasks. (2)
3. BOOST DIGESTIVE HEALTH
Curcumin stimulates the gallbladder and releases bile. This is essential to break down fats in our foods. Turmeric is also shown to calm the digestive system, by helping to relieve gas and bloating. Turmeric holds key enzymes that boost digestive health, it also produces stomach mucous - the primary defense against damage from gastric acid.
4. HELPS WITH CHOLESTEROL
High cholesterol is caused mainly by eating high fat foods, diabetes and family history of high cholesterol.
It can be controlled in many ways such as regular exercise, lesser consumption of fatty foods and more consumption of fruits and veg.
Turmeric prevents oxidation of cholesterol (3). In simple terms oxidized Lipoproteins low density (LDL) cholesterol in high levels in the blood can build up as plaques in the blood vessel which leads to heart diseases. It was found in studies that turmeric reduced the cholesterol in the blood, as both oxidation and circulation levels of LDL cholesterol is reduced.
ADDING TURMERIC TO YOUR DIET
1. Add turmeric to some roasted vegetables
2. Try turmeric with rice, it brings color and mild flavor
3. Use it in your chicken or veg soup
4. Blend it in a smoothie, just a pinch of spice adds great flavor
5. (My fav) Add some turmeric to hot milk and add honey for a comforting beverage