Turmeric May Well Become one of your Favourite Spices –
It is One of Your Body’s Best Friends!!!
Turmeric is Quite Possibly the Most Powerful Spice/Herb on the Planet at Fighting and potentially Reversing Disease
Remember the “KISS” principle – “Keep it Simple Stupid”
Food is the Very Source of Enjoying a Life of Optimal Health & Vitality
I don’t know about you but I am always looking at Easy, Effective ways to support my Health within my Everyday Living and Eating
Eating is something that you will do Everyday. So why Not include foods that are going to give you Health, Vitality and Longevity.
So let’s have a look at the major benefits of Turmeric
1. Antioxidant Properties
- Oxidative damage is believed to be one of the mechanisms behind ageing and many diseases.
- Turmeric Contains Bioactive Compounds called curcuminoids, curcumerin being the active ingredient, having Powerful Medicinal Properties:
- Works as a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
- It has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb.
- Science has commenced to back up this knowledge that has been known for a long time in India.
2. Curcumin is a Natural Anti-Inflammatory Compound found in Turmeric
Inflammation is incredibly important as it works in conjunction with our body to fight foreign invaders whilst having an important role in repairing damage.
If we do not have a certain amount of inflammation, pathogens like bacteria could easily take over our bodies and kill us.
This is where acute (short term) inflammation is beneficial, it does however become a major problem when it is chronic (long-term) and reaches out to areas of the body where it is not needed.
It is now believed that chronic, low-level inflammation plays a major role in almost every chronic, Western disease. This includes heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s and various degenerative conditions. Therefore we are looking for support to fight chronic inflammation through dietary processes as this will bring about a balanced inflammatory process in preventing disease and is much safer than anti-inflammatory drugs.
3. Curcumin Boosts Brain-Derived Neurotropic Factor, Linked to Improved Brain Function and a Lower Risk of Brain Diseases
It is now well known that neurons are capable of forming new connections, in certain areas of the brain, they can also multiply and increase in number. One of the main drivers of this process is Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), which is a type of growth hormone that functions in the brain. Interestingly, curcumin can increase brain levels of BDNF. Curcumin boosts levels of the brain hormone BDNF, which increases the growth of new neurons and fights various degenerative processes in the brain. Therefore plays a vital role in protecting and even support in regeneration of brain function and activity.
4. Curcumin Leads to Various Improvements That Should Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease
It has been found that there are many variants when it comes to heart disease, however it has been found that curcumin plays a vital role in the prevention of heart disease. In some cases it may well play a significant role in the reversal of the heart disease process. . Curcumin has beneficial effects on several factors known to play a role in heart disease. It improves the function of the endothelium, the lining of the blood vessels. It also acts as a potent anti-inflammatory agent and antioxidant.
5. Turmeric Can Help Prevent Cancer and also play an important role in its treatment
Cancer is an insidious disease, characterized by uncontrolled growth of malignant tumour cells. There are many various forms of cancer whereby curcumin has been found to affect cancer growth, development and spread at the molecular level. Studies have also shown that it can reduce angiogenesis (growth of new blood vessels in tumours), metastasis (spread of cancer), as well as contributing to the death of cancerous cells. Curcumin leads to several changes on the molecular level that may help prevent and perhaps even treat cancer.
6. Curcumin is also supportive in Preventing and Treating Alzheimer’s Disease
Curcumin can cross the blood-brain barrier and has been shown to lead to various improvements in the pathological process of Alzheimer’s disease.
7. It is effective in the Treatment & Prevention of Arthritis
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, as it has the antioxidant properties as well. It is oxidative stress that is one of the main causes of arthritic conditions.
8. It has been shown in studies that Curcumin Has Incredible Benefits Against Depression
Studies have shown curcumin was as effective as Prozac in alleviating the symptoms of depression and of course a lot safer, whilst being easy to include in your daily living.
9. Curcumin May Help Delay Ageing and Fight Age-Related Chronic Diseases
So by adding curcumin into your daily eating or drinking regime along with changing our dietary habits in general, you will have a fighting chance in the prevention of heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s, therefore combating those supposed age related diseases. So given these antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties of curcumin the benefits will go way beyond just the prevention of disease.
10. Anti Aging Properties leading to Greater skin quality
Due to the support that curcumin gives to our endothelial cells it is also going to have you having healthy skin right through to your mature years.
Some Important things you might like to know when implementing Turmeric into your Daily Diet
However, the curcumin content of turmeric is not that high… it’s around 3%, by weight . Most of the studies on this herb are using turmeric extracts that contain mostly curcumin itself, with dosages usually exceeding 1 gram per day. It would be very difficult to reach these levels just using the turmeric spice just by including it in your daily cooking.
Therefore, if you want to experience the full medicinal effects, it would be necessary to take an extract that contains at least 900 mg of curcumin.
Therefore if you have significant signs of arthritic and other pain related problems you would need to see a Qualified Naturopathic Health Professional such as myself to receive a correct medicinal dosage. I have found that over my years of practicing that the liquid form is the most effective.
Here is some indication of the quantity of curcumin in a tablespoon of Turmeric, a tablespoon of turmeric, which weighs 6.8 grams, contains about 0.136 gram curcumin, or 136 milligrams: so if you were to add 1 – 2 tablespoons of this to say your morning smoothie as well as including a diet with a majority of raw vegetables this will definitely have significant health benefits and aid in the prevention of the disease states that will be mentioned below.
As curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream. It its beneficial to add black pepper with it, which contains piperine… a natural substance that enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2000% .
Turmeric in Essence
Turmeric contains curcumin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Due to Curcumins powerful antioxidant effects it neutralizes free radicals on its own, then stimulates the body’s own antioxidant enzymes.
Most studies used turmeric extracts that are standardized to include large amounts of curcumin
What’s the Correct Dosage necessary for Turmeric?
This is a question that I am often asked – is how much should I take?
Actually, to give an accurate answer depends on your needs, goals, and health condition.
However, studies have found that when taking turmeric, the necessary elements need to be considered:
It appears to have greater benefits when used with fresh ground black pepper, coconut or flaxseed oil, ginger and cinnamon.
- Adults daily maintenance dose: 1.5 g or half a teaspoon per day.
- Adult therapeutic dose, if you are using it to fight a disease or support arthritic problems: 2 -3 g or 1 – 2 teaspoons per day
- Children and people aged over 65 years recommended maintenance dose is 1/4 of a teaspoon once a day.
The fresh ground turmeric has greater medicinal properties than the powder, however Turmeric powder still has great medicinal properties.
It is not recommended that children under two years of age, be given turmeric.
Easy ways to add Turmeric to your Daily Eating Rituals
- Smoothies: Add 1 teaspoon of turmeric to your favorite smoothie. Try this tasty combination – 1/2 teaspoon of ground cracked pepper, 1 cup of kale or spinach, 2 cups of almond or coconut milk, 1 cup of fresh pineapple, 1/2 fresh mango, 1/2 cup mixed berries and a teaspoon fresh ginger. You can also add other fruit of your choice such as a banana, kiwi fruit, an apple or pear.
- Turmeric Tea: 1 teaspoon of Turmeric, the juice of one lemon, 1/2 teaspoon honey, 1/2 teaspoon of ground cracked pepper and some fresh mint is a lovely touch to add to this too.
- Spice Up Vegetables: Sprinkle Turmeric through your vegetables prior to serving. Turmeric goes great on sweet potatoes, cooked greens, cauliflower and broccoli.
- Add to any meat, chicken or fish dishes: This can become one of your main spices to add to soups, curries, crockpot meals etc.
For additional flavour and health benefits the addition to these meals is always onions and garlic.
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