5 Remarkable Health Benefits of Turmeric

5 Remarkable Health Benefits of Turmeric

Author -  Good Health

Spice Up your Life with Turmeric

5 Remarkable Health Benefits of Turmeric

As a natural anti-inflammatory, turmeric is really beneficial for keeping inflammation at bay. Why do we need to stress the importance of inflammation? To put it simply, wherever there is inflammation there is pain.

If you’ve read our blogs on turmeric, you’re well aware how fond our naturopath, Vanessa is of recommending it to all her patients who suffer from pain and discomfort. This is because it works on all the inflammatory pathways, unlike pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories that usually target one pathway. Here are our top 5 benefits of including turmeric into your diet.

1. Natural and Potent Anti-Inflammatory

5 Remarkable Health Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric contains the active ingredient curcumin, which is an antioxidant that demonstrates anti-inflammatory properties. The more curcumin, the better the benefits. Good Health Turmeric has about 95% curcumin. Unlike the turmeric you would buy in the supermarket, which only offers about 3%.

Something most of us don’t realise is that inflammation is the main underlying factor present in just about every chronic health condition, despite the different symptoms each of us might have.

2. Liver and Digestion Health

5 Remarkable Health Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric is also a great digestive and liver tonic and can help with a wide range of gastrointestinal disorders. People who suffer from inflammatory bowel conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, diarrhoea or have had a stomach bug could benefit from regular use of turmeric due to its anti-inflammatory benefits and anti-microbial properties. Turmeric also enhances digestion and can help the liver work more efficiently assisting with the detoxification processes.

Try adding turmeric to your porridge, grains and beans. The bottom line is, whatever way turmeric is consumed it will benefit both the digestive system and the liver.

3. Amazing Antioxidant

5 Remarkable Health Benefits of Turmeric

Including antioxidants in our diet can help fight free radicals that cause damage to our cells causing premature ageing and disease. Turmeric is a fantastic antioxidant as it combats oxidative damage. Regular intake of turmeric can help the body stay in top form to fight back against all the toxins and environmental pollutants we are exposed to daily. In fact, it’s even believed to prevent the development of these nasty free radicals altogether, reducing the risks of damage to our cells.

4. Heart Health

5 Remarkable Health Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric can help lower your risk of heart disease by improving the function of lining of the blood vessels. Turmeric also helps in maintaining heart health by reducing cholesterol oxidation, plaque build-up, clot formation, reducing bad cholesterol (LDL) and reducing pro-inflammatory response.

5. Keeps you Sharp

5 Remarkable Health Benefits of Turmeric

If you’re not already rushing towards the spice isle, turmeric has also been proven to help lower your risk of brain disease. This is because it helps to increase the levels of something called “Brain-Derived Neurotropic Factor” or (BDNF), a type of growth hormone that functions in the brain. Many common brain disorders have been linked to decreased levels of this hormone and could even help improve your memory.

Turmeric, the main spice used in curry is probably the most powerful spice on the planet, as well as the most effective natural supplement in existence to date. Whether you’re looking to help fight the effects of ageing or keep your heart healthy, the benefits of including turmeric in your diet far outweigh the negatives. Because there are none!

To read more about the benefits of turmeric as a functional food, read what our naturopath has to say here.

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