3 health benefits of turmeric

Turmeric may be the most effective nutritional supplement in existence. Many high quality studies show that it has major benefits for your body and brain.

Turmeric is that golden spice found in many Indian dishes.  Turmeric has been used for thousands of years in India as a spice and medicinal herb. Recently, modern science has started to back up what the Indians have known for a long time… it really does contain compounds with medicinal properties.

Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. Here are some of the diseases turmeric has helped alleviate or prevent.

  1. Anti-Inflammatory

Chronic inflammation plays a major role in western medicine, heart disease, high cholesterol, Alzheimer’s disease and some cancers. This vibrant spice has many anti -inflammatory compounds and is so powerful that it matches the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs. It has been used as a medicine for centuries to treat wounds, infections, colds, and liver disease.

2. Antioxidant

One of the key properties which make turmeric such a great herb is its antioxidant property. What gives turmeric its anti-oxidant nature? The key ingredient – curcumin. Studies have shown that curcuminoids are very effective in scavenging free radicals and neutralize them.

3. Cancer

Research has shown that there are low rates of certain types of cancer in countries where people eat curcumin at levels of about 100 to 200 mg a day over long periods of time. Some studies have shown that curcumin helps prevent several forms of cancer including breast, lung, stomach, liver, and colon because of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

How can you get more turmeric in your diet

Morning shot: Try a simple lemon shot in the morning. Shots are quick hits of concentrated nutrition! One of my go to shots is freshly ground ginger, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, turmeric and black pepper. Although the quantity of liquid is small, it’s potent, it will give you a burst of energy almost immediately. I personally like to add organic maple syrup for some sweetness, enjoy warm or cold.

Spice up your meals: Spice up your dinners with Indian or Thai inspired curry dishes. Whether you get turmeric from a supplement or use it to spice up your food, you will be on the road to optimum health and feeling great. I like to add some turmeric to my scrambled eggs in the morning, the taste is pretty mild. Don’t forget to add black pepper to get the super benefits!

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