However, only recently people on other continents started to realize the benefits one can get from turmeric. Actually, turmeric is the answer to most conditions that are affecting us today.
It’s natures gift to the human race. Turmeric contains medicinal compounds by the name curcuminoids. These compounds are what makes turmeric to stand out.
These compounds have strong anti-inflammatory properties. On top of that, they are also strong antioxidants.
Each turmeric only contains about 3% curcuminoids of its total weight. That`s why extracts containing curcuminoids are better than taking a whole turmeric. With that said, let’sets take a look at the different benefits of turmeric.
1. Anti-inflammatory properties
Curcumin, which is one type of the curcuminoids, contains unrivaled anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, chronic inflammation in the body acts as a predisposing factor to most fatal conditions in our modern society.
Some of these conditions include degenerative conditions like dementia, heart failure, various cancers and other systemic diseases.
That`s why any method to reduce or stop long term chronic inflammation is crucial to your health.
Regular use of curcumin derivative has been found to drastically reduce chronic inflammation in our bodies.
In fact, according to research, it has been found to rival synthetic drugs. Which makes it even better because it`s all natural.
2. Antioxidant properties.
As we all know, conditions like cancer can be quite intimidating. This is due to the fact that most cases are fatal. Cancer is caused by byproducts in the body by the name of free radicals.
Free radicals damage once cells DNA, causing the cell to start growing and spreading uncontrollably. However, the good news is the antioxidants found in the turmeric hunt down these radicals and destroy them.
Thus, protecting you from cancer. This is actually very cheap when you compare the price of turmeric to that of treating cancer. Right? For me I would rather choose the cheaper and more natural solution.
3. Boosts brain function
Yes, with turmeric you can now become a genius like Albert Einstein. How`s that possible? I know it sounds like fiction, but it`s entirely true. Turmeric has been found to boost a brain factor by the name neurotrophic factor.
This factor improves your brain function, making you sharper and have a clear mind. It also improves your memory drastically. This can be very beneficial for those who are still in school. A few weeks of turmeric will definitely see a change of grades.
And that’s on a positive side. The bottom line is that turmeric is good for the brain.
4. Reduces cholesterol
Too much cholesterol in the blood stream is dangerous. This is because it leads to increased sluggishness of blood, which allows for clots to be formed. This clots sometimes become dislodged, travel to the heart and cause a sudden death.
High cholesterol also blocks your coronary arteries. This causes insufficient amount of blood to be delivered to the heart, causing tissue death and cardiac arrest.
However the good news is that, turmeric, if taken on a regular basis, reduces your blood cholesterol drastically. This reduces your chance of suffering from those conditions that I mentioned.
5. Cure for arthritis
Arthritis is a fairly common disease that can be so severe and even confining in some cases. It is associated with chronic inflammation and pain, especially during the cold weather.
However, arthritis patients don’t have to live in pain. Curcumin if taken daily, has been shown to reduce the inflammation and pain. Allowing the patient to have a normal life.
6. Curcumin and depresion
As we already know, there are a lot of people suffering from depression. They live with constant suicidal thoughts looming about.
Fortunately, curcumin has proved to be as good as other drugs used for depression. In a small study carried out in the USA, combination of curcumin and other depression drugs, resulted into spectacular results.
7. Hope for Alzheimers patients
Alzheimer’s is one of the most notorious degenerative conditions in old age. It occurs due to inflammation in the brain tissues, causing permanent damage. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for alzheimer’s disease.
However, Curcumin has been shown to slow down the condition in those already affected and prevent it in those who are still healthy. This is possible as it closes the blood brain barrier, hence reaching the affected parts of the brain.
Drugs based on curcumin are being developed in the laboratories as they pursue a cure for Alzheimer`s diseases.
With that said, it’s true to say that turmeric is really a wonderful gift from nature.
So include turmeric in your food on a daily basis. It should surely help you to feel better.