This ancient Indian spice has long earned its name as the "Queen of Spices" thanks to the presence of curcuminoids. Turmeric was discovered in Asia thousands of years ago and has been used by ancient cultures such as the Chinese, Siddha, Unani and Ayurveda thanks to its medicinal properties. This spice has only recently gained popularity in the west... but better late than never!
The major health benefits of Turmeric
It is estimated that turmeric, or Curcuma Longa, is beneficial for over 600 experimentally confirmed health benefit. The most commonly known benefits include:
- Famously known for its anti-inflammatory properties. For more proof, universities such as Arizona have proven that the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis have greatly decreased in rats.
- Chronic, low-level inflammation is known to play a role in almost every chronic disease. This includes heart disease, ulcerative colitis, chronic pains, high cholesterol, cancer, skin conditions, metabolic syndrome and various other degenerative conditions.
- Researchers at UCLA found that curcumin blocks the enzyme growth factor which propagates head and neck cancer cells.
- Curcumin also increases Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), which helps delay the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Furthermore, it also produces anti-depressant effects in the brain.
- Antioxidants which prevents and reduces free radicals from damaging our body.
- Turmeric has also been proven to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Furthermore, it also reduces the formation of plaque from people with type 2 diabetes, which in turn reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
- When thinking of anti-coagulants, people usually think of warfarin/aspirin/ibuprofen, but curcumin is known to produce similar effects including reducing vascular thrombosis without the risk of symptoms of overdose (unless taken in huge amounts!)
Beyond all of this, the most important feature of Turmeric is that it is free from side effects which usually occur with modern medicine!
Mix turmeric with black pepper to maximise absorption
Curcumin is naturally not very well absorbed by our bodies. However, by incorporating black pepper, the absorption of curcumin is increased by 2000%! As a precaution, it is ideal to protect the lining of the stomach with food, milk, ginger or other protectors.
Incorporate turmeric in your diet!
In conclusion, we all should reap the benefits of Turmeric by incorporating it into our daily food intake in the form of: marinades, table seasoning, salad sauces, teas, smoothies, etc.
If you do not like the taste of turmeric or do not know how to incorporate it your meals, then one can also supplement their diet with Royal Green’s organic turmeric supplement, which is already mixed with black pepper and ginger.