Turmeric is an unmistakable spice.
When you add up the mounting number of studies chronicling the health benefits of this flavor booster, it’s clear that you’re wise to move beyond those traditional uses and start using it in all sorts of dishes.
These days, turmeric has duly earned its place in your spice rack.
In his speech of this place of honor among your most highly ranked spices, turmeric would be remiss to not give credit to curcumin.
Curcumin is the compound that gives the spice its trademark color and trademark health benefits, including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antitumor, antibacterial, and antiviral properties, according to research from the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.
Caution: pregnant women or people with bile duct obstruction, gallstones, stomach ulcer, or stomach hyperacidity should not use turmeric medicinally, so check with your doctor to make sure it’s OK for you.
Check out these 9 conditions you can improve by spicing things up with turmeric.
Anti-inflammatory turmeric is a perfect acne-fighting solution. Tasneem Bhatia, MD, author of What Doctors Eat, recommends blending turmeric with water or yogurt into a paste. Applied topically, she says it will improve acne lesions and scarring.
2. Alzheimer’s Disease
Neurodegenerative disease may be preventable with regular helpings of turmeric. Research shows that curcumin cleans up the beta-amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Importantly, unlike failed treatment options for the disease, curcumin’s molecular weight is low, so it’s small enough to pass through the blood-brain barrier to get into the brain.
Lot of people suffering from knee osteoarthritis saw improvements in painseverity, stiffness, and functional limitations after taking turmeric, according to research from Inflammopharmacology. Even more impressive was that people taking turmeric saw greater improvements than those taking glucosamine, a common supplement for joint pain.
Bloating can be caused by gut inflammation, according to Isaac Eliaz, MD, founder of the Amitabha Clinic & Healing Center, and that makes turmeric an obvious solution to relieve it. Also, turmeric promotes circulation and detoxifies, which can help get your digestion back on track.
Meat like Char-grilled is very tasteful, but it comes with a side of carcinogens. Meat cooked at high temperatures naturally produces heterocyclic amines (HCAs), a carcinogen also found in cigarette smoke. Fortunately, researchers from the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii found that marinating your meat in a sauce containing turmeric (the researchers used a turmeric-garlic sauce, specifically) reduced carcinogens by 50%. Importantly, the sauce was a thin, vinegar-based marinade with no sugar.
Consuming sugar-free foods isn’t the only thing you can do to avoid diabetes. In a study from Diabetes Care, taking curcumin capsules daily for nine months helped protect those diagnosed with prediabetes from developing full-blown type 2 diabetes.
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