7 Health Benefits Of Turmeric (Plus Anti-Inflammatory Golden Milk Recipe)


So what are the 7 health benefits of turmeric? Is it possible this little root can really impact our health and well being?

Benefits of Turmeric on Health

Turmeric is a commonly used spice that is derived from the Curcuma plant. We most likely know it for its use in our favorite dishes such as curry.

However for many centuries Turmeric has been extensively used, especially within Chinese and Indian communities, as an anti-inflammatory.

Turmeric, when used for natural healing properties, is best consumed in its pure and natural form rather than the powdered dry form.  That is better left as a component of curry powder or other spice mixes.

The Western world has been relatively slow to appreciate the health benefits of turmeric so in order to spread the word about this great little tuber here’s the 7 top tips.

7 health benefits of turmeric

7 Health Benefits Of Turmeric

1. Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Turmeric has long been used for its anti-inflammatory properties in Eastern cultures.  This helps the body to fight infection and repair itself. It is the oil that the turmeric provides that has the scientifically proven anti-inflammatory capabilities.

Curcumin, the oil derived from turmeric, has been studied in numerous experiments, and has shown to be equally as effective as more traditional anti-inflammatory drugs.

Why Is A Natural Alternative Anti-Inflammatory Recommended?

Simple!  The reason is because there are no side effects associated with curcumin oil.

This is good news for those who suffer from joint conditions, such as arthritis, where inflammation plays a major role in exacerbating chronic pain.

7 top tips for how turmeric benefits health

2. Turmeric Massively Increases The Antioxidant Capacity Of Your Body

Oxidative damage is one of the reasons that our body ages and is linked to many degenerative diseases. It is responsible for the release of free radicals, which are responsible for the damage caused to the tissue in our bodies.

Turmeric happens to be a potent antioxidant.  It neutralizes the free radicals due to its chemical composition. Turmeric, or more importantly the curcumin oil, provides high levels of antioxidant protection, approximately 13 times higher than Blueberries

3. Studies State Turmeric Combats Depressive Illnesses.

With the pressures of modern life, the hectic pace, increasingly long hours and the impact is has on relationships and emotional health it is no wonder that hundreds of millions of people around the world suffer from depression.

Without treatment depression can become acute, it may become chronic and may become a lifelong illness.

We know that depression has a debilitating and negative impact on our mood.  However, perhaps less well known, is the long term impact of depression on the body over time.  Research suggests prolonged depression may potentially contribute to the onset of other illnesses and diseases.  Some studies suggest this could include Alzheimer’s.

The good news is that current research indicates that turmeric curcumin may be a useful treatment for depression.  In clinical trials, where participants were blind tested (not informed of the medications given), it proved equally as effective as Prozac.

There are many risks and side effects linked with Prozac.  Curcumin by contrast has very few or no side effects.

The health benefits of turmeric don’t stop there.  Research indicates turmeric may also increase dopamine and serotonin levels in the brain.

 

7 health benefits of turmeric

4. Turmeric Benefits Heart Health

Studies have shown that tumeric has a major part to play in maintaining and improving heart health.

Initial research shows that turmeric can help reduce the buildup of plaque in the heart.  This is excellent news for those who are deemed as at risk of heart attack.

Turmeric may also help to prevent oxidized cholesterol, which is the substance that does damage to blood vessels. Damaged blood vessels are a critical factor in many heart diseases, such as health attacks, strokes, and atherosclerosis.

5. Boost Metabolism And Lose Weight

It seems that turmeric helps accelerate metabolism.  When you raise your metabolism your body consumes more energy.  To provide energy your body starts to burn calories and a far greater rate than normal, leading to weight loss.

Detoxification of the liver and reducing fat mass is another of the health benefits of turmeric.  Reducing fat and detoxing are essential for weight loss.

Curcumin, or turmeric, lowers our bad cholesterol levels and suppresses inflammatory messages in our muscle, pancreatic, and fat cells.

By taking turmeric you gain double benefits – you have a natural source of anti-inflammatory and can lose weight.

health benefits of turmeric
6. Potential Cancer Prevention

Turmeric has been shown to have important antioxidant properties, which may help to protect cells against cancer, particularly in cells in the colon.

We already know that turmeric can help to protect vulnerable cells against free radicals, which can be harmful to the body.

Moreover, turmeric can also help the body to expel mutated cells.  It is these mutated cells that pose cancer risk, in future or in their current state. Therefore expelling them from the body is one of the most important action we can take.

Research is ongoing and focusing on how to utilize turmerics properties to best help with cancer prevention.

7. Curcumin Lowers Cholesterol

High cholesterol is a growing issue and has been linked to many diseases of the body.

Initial research shows that the oil in turmeric, curcumin oil, can help to lower cholesterol levels. It works on the liver and encourages it to produce more receptors that lower production of cholesterol.

Turmeric Anti-Inflammatory Golden Milk Drink

22 February, 2018
: 2
: 5 min
: 15 min
: 20 min
: Easy

This terrific turmeric Golden Milk drink is packed with powerful healing properties.

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Ingredients
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • A sprinkle black pepper
  • honey to taste.
Directions
  • Step 1 Place 2 cups of milk in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Step 2 Add 1 teaspoon dried turmeric or one-half inch fresh turmeric thinly sliced or diced.
  • Step 3 Add 1 teaspoon dried ginger or one-half inch fresh ginger thinly sliced or diced.
  • Step 4 Add a dash of black pepper.
  • Step 5 Stir well, especially if you are using the dried spices.
  • Step 6 Let the milk begin to simmer. Small bubbles will form on the sides of the saucepan. Ensure you stir!
  • Step 7 Allow to heat for another minute or two being careful not to let the milk overheat.
  • Step 8 Continue to stir at this point to get better heat distribution and so that the milk does not burn.
  • Step 9 Turn off heat, cover and allow the golden milk mixture to infuse for ten minutes.
  • Step 10 Strain the golden milk through a sieve if you have used fresh ingredients.
  • Step 11 Add honey, adjusting to taste.
  • Step 12 Serve your golden milk warm.

Pre-cautions

While completely natural and safe if you intend adding a large amount of turmeric to your diet you should seek medical advice.  It’s properties can slow blood clotting therefore may be harmful for those people who are already prescribed and taking anticoagulant medication. If in doubt, speak to your medical professional.

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