Used against many health problems, turmeric has long been considered the queen of spices in India. Formerly only used as a dye, the yellow spice has been increasingly appreciated over time, thanks to its great medicinal value.
Several studies confirm that turmeric is rich in anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and detoxifying properties, making it an effective treatment against a broad range of diseases including Alzheimer’s, cancer, and many others.
The benefits of consuming a teaspoon of turmeric a day
Reduces the risk of several types of cancer
Turmeric is one of the most powerful anti-cancer agents which effectively inhibit the development of cancer cells to the point that some see it as a miracle cure.
Daily consumption of turmeric improves the digestion process, relieves bloating and gas, stimulates the gall bladder and prevents the gastric and intestinal inflammations.
However, it is not recommended for people suffering from a disease of the gallbladder, to prevent it being excessively stimulated.
Chronic inflammations are the cause of many modern diseases. The active component of turmeric, curcumin, is a potent anti-inflammatory agent that has proved to be more effective than any anti-inflammatory drug sold on the market.
Protects the brain
Scientific research says that curcumin increases the level of brain activity since it stimulates neurotrophin factors, also known as BDNF, which is a growth hormone. Lower level of growth hormone is often associated with cognitive disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. Curcumin may not only delay but also reverse the deterioration of the brain associated with age and several other brain diseases.
Protects the heart
The active ingredient of turmeric also reduces low-density lipoprotein levels in the blood, or more simply, the bad cholesterol. It also prevents blood clotting and cleans the arterial walls of the accumulated plaque.
Relieves arthritis pain
As mentioned earlier, turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that many people find more effective in relieving pain caused by arthritis than many prescription drugs.
Prevents aging and increases longevity
Premature aging is usually caused by free radicals and inflammation, and both can be effectively treated by turmeric. If you take into consideration also the fact that it improves the health of the heart and fights cancer, the two biggest killers of our time, we must admit that it would be quite logical to say that turmeric also extends our lifetime.
To utilize the majority of its benefits and enjoy good physical and mental health, add 1 teaspoon of turmeric to your daily meals, including smoothies, juices, soups, stir-fries, sauces or any another recipe!
Finally, even if the benefits of curcumin are undeniable, its absorption by the body remains fairly low. Fortunately, you can increase its absorbtion up to 2000% by adding a pinch of black pepper to your turmeric.
Warning: turmeric consumption is not recommended for people who suffer from kidney stones, as well as pregnant and lactating women.