Why Turmeric is Good For… Just About Anything
Turmeric, the main spice in curry, has gained a lot of momentum recently as one of the most powerful herbs on the planet.
Because countless peer-reviewed articles argue turmeric’s healing compound, curcumin, can fight and possibly even reverse diseases like cancer. Some studies even argue curcumin can be more powerful than certain prescription drugs.
And the best part is, when you use this natural remedy in your cooking instead of taking traditional drugs*, you don’t experience the side effects.
So what can turmeric actually heal? We’ve made a list of some of the most popular afflictions turmeric is being used to overcome, and how it’s being used as an alternative medicine:
Turmeric for Alzheimer’s
One of the most talked about benefits of curcumin is its ability to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. A study first found that those who ate curry at least once a month performed better on cognitive function tests than those who didn’t eat curry regularly.
More research has discovered that curcumin actually reduces the presence of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain—plaques that are the most prominent characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease.
Turmeric for Depression
In a recent study, curcumin was just as effective as Prozac in managing mild depression. More research needs to be done, but there is clinical evidence that curcumin can be used as a safe and effective treatment for those suffering from depression.
Turmeric for Pain and Inflammation
Some say curcumin’s most powerful medicinal quality is its ability to reduce inflammation. In fact, a study showed curcumin is even more effective as an anti-inflammatory than aspirin and ibuprofen! This is why it’s an effective natural pain reliever.
Turmeric for Diabetes
Research has suggested curcumin can play an important role in preventing and treating diabetes. Because of its insulin resistance as well as resisting other leading aspects of diabetes, curcumin is coming to the forefront as a natural way to help manage diabetes.
Turmeric for Cholesterol (Yes!!)
Turmeric is a natural way to reduce your LDL (bad) cholesterol. By reducing plaque buildup in arteries, turmeric can lower your cholesterol and prevent its oxidation. So if you’re hoping to manage your cholesterol and boost your heart health, add it to your spice rack and start cooking!
Turmeric for Arthritis
Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, the curcumin in turmeric can also reduce the pain, inflammation, and stiffness associated with arthritis. If you know someone suffering from joint pain, then cook them up some curry.
Turmeric for Heart Disease
Just as it helps with bad cholesterol, curcumin helps improve functions related to heart disease.
So if it isn’t already a regular part of your diet, spice up your LowFatLowCarb.com dishes with turmeric! It has so many health benefits, and adds a fun kick to your kitchen spice cabinet.
*If you are taking any medications, talk to your doctor before taking any medicinal forms of turmeric or curcumin. It can interact with some medications and shouldn’t be taken without consulting a physician first.