Am I the last person to hear about all the health benefits of Turmeric?
Lately, I have heard so much about Tumeric or Turmeric Curcumin and all the health benefits, I decided to find out more and share with you what I learn as I go.
As we get older, I guess it is more difficult to lose and maintain weight loss- I know that. So when a product claims to increase metabolism and promote weight loss I am going to check it out.
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Here is a Quick List of the Health Benefits of Turmeric:
- An anti-cancer agent and can prevent cancer.
- Has immunomodulatory properties that benefit in autoimmune conditions.
- Protects and preserves bone health from conditions like arthritis.
- Benefits the skin and protects from skin disorders.
- It is brain food as it helps combat mood related disorders and prevents conditions like Alzheimer’s.
- Benefits in metabolic health and aids in weight loss.
- Protects from side effects of drugs.
- It protects the heart from disorders.
- Is a natural anti-inflammatory agent and enhances wound healing.
And There is More!
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Precautions- pay attention. There are warnings for some people not to take Turmeric. Pregnancy is an important one to note. Turmeric should not be taken while pregnant or nursing.
It is always recommended that everyone consult with their own doctor before taking any supplement or medication. I am not a doctor and don’t claim to be an expert on anything. I am just sharing what I found.
What is Tumeric?
WebMD definition: Turmeric is a spice that comes from the turmeric plant. It is commonly used in Asian food. You probably know turmeric as the main spice in curry. It has a warm, bitter taste and is frequently used to flavor or color curry powders, mustards, butters, and cheeses. But the root of turmeric is also used widely to make medicine. It contains a yellow-colored chemical called curcumin, which is often used to color foods and cosmetics.
Evidently, the secret of this ancient spice is curcumin, a compound well-studied for its health benefits. Turmeric contains up to 3% curcumin by weight.
So the magic is in the curcumin.
There have been numerous studies on the benefits of Turmeric and the results look pretty consistent.
Overall, the main benefit of the plant is its effect on INFLAMMATION IN THE BODY. I am pretty sure we all have that somewhere, some more than others.
Turmeric’s influence on weight loss is nothing short of amazing. Its anti-inflammatory activity promotes healthy functioning of the pancreas and liver. – WHAT?
Evidently turning white adipose tissue into brown fat is important because it may help overweight people from gaining more weight and be helpful in weight management. This spice accelerates weight loss by accelerating metabolism to burn more calories.
Turmeric may help in diet-induced weight loss. It has dietary fibers and non-absorbable carbohydrates. Fat burning may also be increased preventing more weight gain.
Turmeric reduces the risk of diabetes and helps prevent metabolic syndrome. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions of curcumin can lower blood sugar levels, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels – This has me written all over it!
Turmeric is also useful in detoxifying the liver and promoting liver health. Everyone wants a healthy liver, right?
The organic compounds in turmeric improve liver function and reduce the levels of toxins in our bodies. The antioxidant benefits can treat cirrhosis and fatty liver disease.
Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant that has been found to help prevent colon cancer and tumor growth. Turmeric is one of the best herbal approaches to the treatment or prevention of several types of cancer.
Alzheimer’s & Dementia
Many studies have shown curcumin as being efficient in helping with memory retention and concentration and improving brain functioning. Turmeric is known to remove amyloid plaque in neuropathways, which is important in slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
No More Wrinkles!!
Turmeric’s major component curcumin, loaded with antioxidants, fights signs of aging like wrinkles by slowing the growth of free radicals. It keeps pimples at bay by inhibiting the growth of pimple-causing bacteria and reducing the oil secretion by the sebaceous glands. See below for using Turmeric topically.
There is a lot of advice available regarding taking Turmeric as a supplement.
The Quality of Turmeric Curcumin Supplements is NOT the Same!
Questions to Ask Before Purchasing Turmeric Supplements
• Does this product contain cheap synthetic fillers?
Some brands add artificial fillers to cut cost to offer cheap products and sell more.
• Has a third-party tested this brand?
Supplements need to have a Certificate of Analysis on the package The studies should be conducted in labs that are not affiliated with the manufacturer. These labs verify the product for safety and potency.
• The capsules are made from what material?
Another important factor to check when purchasing supplements is to make sure the capsules are made with vegetable cellulose. This ensures you the supplement is all natural.
An effective Turmeric supplement should contain 1300mg of pure Turmeric Curcumin standardized to 95% and 10mg of BioPerine. BioPerine® is sourced out of black pepper, having BioPerine “in the right place at the right time” in the digestive tract with supplemented nutrient results in enhanced absorption. A purified extract of piperine is necessary to get the increased absorption.
Do not purchase cheap brands, filled with harmful fillers; these brands should not be trusted. Lastly, make sure the manufacturer stands by their products. Check each brand’s guarantee, delivery time and customer service.
Another Way to Add Turmeric to Your Diet is by Cooking With It!
Turmeric is a bright yellow in color and you have likely seen it and eaten already. It is kind of bitter and peppery alone but is widely used in soups, sauces, curries, meat dishes, and rice.
I will share a couple of tea recipes here I got from watching Dr. Oz’s episode on Turmeric. You can find lots of recipes and tons of ways to include the spice in your cooking.
I love this brand of tea, so I am giving Republic Tea a try. I love just plopping a bag into hot water.
Turmeric Tea Recipe
- 1-2 teaspoons of turmeric (or more, depending on how strong you want the tea to be/taste)
- 2 cups of water
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
- Pinch of clove
- 1 tablespoon of honey
Step 1 – Simmer the herbs and spices in a small point of boiling water.
Step 2 – Once the tea has steeped, strain out the herbs and spices.
Step 3 – Add honey to taste and stir until it dissolves.
Step 4 – Enjoy!
Tumeric Tonic In The Morning
2 tsp turmeric powder, 4 tsp of ginger powder, 2 tsp fresh lemon juice, 3 TBSP Agave Syrup, ½ cup sparkling water, cayenne pepper
Cosmetic Uses ( Organic Facts)
- Teeth Whitening: Mix with coconut oil and baking
- Soap: This amazing anti-inflammatory is used in herbal soaps.
- Sunburn remedy: Mix it with aloe vera gel for a sunburn soother.
- Wounds: To heal cuts and wounds, apply turmeric paste.
- Face mask: Turmeric face masks give a smooth glow to the face and prevents acne.
The amazing health benefits of turmeric and curcumin include its ability to reduce inflammation, heal wounds, improve skin health, protect cognitive abilities, and ease menstrual difficulties. Turmeric also helps eliminate depression, alleviate pain, slow the aging process, protect the digestive tract, and prevent cancer. (Natural Organic Health)
In the end, it seems taking good quality turmeric is very safe. Scientific studies have shown the benefits of turmeric have been around for thousands of years.
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