Healing Benefits of Turmeric
Hello there, Beautiful People!
It's time to ditch the salt and add more anti-inflammatory spices into your diet. Give turmeric a try!
Turmeric is responsible for the yellow color in curry. It's touted for its' anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin is the main ingredient in turmeric that yields antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
I personally started using more turmeric when my thyroid biopsy indicated cancer. Prior to this, I had read about the potential anti-carcinogenic effects of the precious spice. I started adding a sprinkle to my tea and generous amounts to my plant-based dishes.
Growing up, until my mid-20's- I barely ever used spices. Nowadays, I can't live with out 'em. Not only do they add flavor to dishes, but they provide significant health benefits. Turmeric blends really well with most dishes, so it's easy to add this pretty little spice into your diet. It's especially delicious in hummus, vegetable stir-fries, and bean burgers.
Chronic, low-grade inflammation is believed to be one of the root-cases of many degenerative diseases. Since you are what you eat, it's no surprise that diet and lifestyle play a large role in either quelling or causing inflammation.
Turmeric can help lower inflammation in the body as it fights inflammation at a cellular level. Curcumin, found in turmeric, inhibits the molecules that are responsible for inflammation.
Many healthcare practitioners actually compare its' effectiveness favorably to that of anti-inflammatory drugs. But of course, always ask your doctor before starting any new lifestyle regimens.
Antioxidant Rock Star
The all-star antioxidant content in turmeric promotes glowing skin and fights cancer. Turmeric helps our bodies fight free radical damage, protects our DNA strands from breaking, and get this - it actually stimulates our bodies to create more endogenous antioxidants. Awesome.
We keep coming back to that free radical concept, don't we? Since we know that an overload of free radicals contributes to aging (both inside and out) - our goal is to get rid of 'em. Turmeric can help neutralize these free radicals.
Eat the spice rather than reaching for a supplement
Many people inquire about turmeric supplements. I'm generally not a big fan of supplements. Indeed, "natural" supplements can have side effects. And, isolating a particular compound does not usually yield the same beneficial effects that eating or drinking the food or beverage does. I recommend using real turmeric in its fresh or dried powder form. See my tip below for increasing the bioavailability of turmeric.
Don't overdo it.
Large doses of turmeric, even in its' natural form, can cause stomach upset. Increase your turmeric usage slowly and monitor how you feel.
Tip: To increase the bioavailability of turmeric, add a dash of black pepper along with it. The compound in pepper called "piperine" helps us absorb turmeric better.
Then, add a little bit of healthy fat such as olive oil, to further enhance turmeric absoprtion.
That's it for today, wellness lovers!
Until next time...