Turmeric is a root in the ginger family that is ground into a powder and used as a spice. It’s what gives curry dishes their bright yellow color and lends an earthy, mildly mustard-like flavor to food. Turmeric has become very popular recently due to its health benefits (its active compound curcumin is where all the good stuff comes from) with thousands of research papers to back it up.
While the benefits are numerous, here are just a few:
A study from this year showed that adults who took a 90mg curcumin supplement twice a day scored higher on cognitive function tests than those who took a placebo.
2) Heart Disease
A 2017 medical journal review discussed how the antioxidant properties of turmeric can help protect against heart conditions such as heart muscle disease and irregular heartbeat.
Curcumin is among the most effective anti-inflammatory compounds in existence. It’s been found to be even better than aspirin and ibuprofen.
Curcumin has the ability to inhibit cancer development and progression by working as a blocking agent and as a suppressing agent, inhibiting malignant cell spread.
A 4-week treatment of curcumin was shown to help relieve osteoarthritis pain among those afflicted with the condition.
*Note that black pepper increases the bioavailability and effectiveness of turmeric, so if you’re getting your curcumin from turmeric and not a supplement, try and include black pepper when possible.
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