You already know the importance of nutrient-rich foods in your diet. The lifestyle you choose today has a direct impact on your health in the future. A healthy diet helps your body repair itself, boosts your immune system and helps maintain proper neurological function.
If you choose from a variety of healthful options, you are on the right path. In your quest for additional health benefits, you may want to take another look at some of the spices you use to flavor your foods. One of the most beneficial spices you can include in your diet is turmeric. This brightly colored member of the ginger family may provide many health benefits. Some of the many benefits include:
- Offers antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties
- Reduces inflammation and pain
- Improves the symptoms of depression
- Reduces cholesterol
- Reduces the beta-amyloid plaque of Alzheimer’s and dementia
- Aids digestion
- Prevents blood clots and improves circulation
- Reduces insulin resistance
Turmeric has been relied on for centuries in the Ayurvedic medicine of India. The key component of turmeric is the phytochemical curcumin. This substance is shown to be as effective as NSAID pain relievers and prescription antidepressants.
Turmeric Reduces Inflammation
Inflammation is your body’s response to infection, stress, sugar, fatty foods and environmental toxins. While Inflammation is a necessary immune system reaction, It is important to know that your immune system can overreact, increasing your risk of heart disease, joint damage, autoimmune dysfunction and weight gain. Turmeric is shown to reduce inflammation, protecting your cardiovascular system, your joints, and your skin. Turmeric can even help with the inflammation associated with psoriasis.
Turmeric Relieve Pain and Depression
There are several antidepressants that are commonly prescribed to treat chronic pain as well as depression. Studies show that turmeric may be as effective as prescription antidepressants for treating chronic pain, depression and anxiety.
Your brain relies on neurotransmitters to send signals from one part of your body to another and influence your physical and emotional responses. One of these neurotransmitters is serotonin. Too little serotonin in your system can cause pain, depression, sleep disorders, anxiety or panic. Turmeric also contains high levels of the pain inhibitor COX2 and stimulates your adrenal glands to produce cortisol, a natural pain-killer.
The benefits of turmeric are enhanced with the peperine contained in black pepper. Turmeric is easily added to food, sipped like tea or supplemented in capsule form. If you take any medication, it is important to discuss the benefits of turmeric with your health care provider.