The Many Health Benefits of Turmeric
Ahh turmeric. It’s been adding color, bite, and depth to Eastern inspired foodstuffs for centuries. South Africans cook rice with it. The Vietnamese add it to their traditional crepe-like dish banh xeo. And your favorite curry just wouldn’t quite taste the same without it.
The turmeric plant is a South Asian native that produces rhizomes, which are collected, boiled, dried, and grounded in to a powder. You’ve probably seen it. We mean, its iconic bright yellow hue is pretty hard to miss.
But we digress. After all, Healthversed isn’t exactly known for having a sophisticated palate. Turmeric is delicious, sure. But it’s also pretty darn good for you too. Well one of its main components is.
Turmeric is packed full of a magical little chemical called curcumin. That’s the good stuff. That’s the stuff that fights cancer, improves brain function, and well, you’ll see.
Today on Healthversed, we’re cooking up a big ol’ pot of turmeric and everyone is invited. Let’s take a look at some of the incredible benefits of this magical spice.
Our girl Selena wasn’t kidding, turmeric certainly qualifies as one of the most nutritious foods on Earth. It’s active ingredient, curcumin, is actually a super powerful anti-inflammatory. For the unaware, inflammation is a natural process of the human body’s immune response. It helps protect our joints. It helps wounds heal. It’s supposed to be a good thing.
Though minor, short term inflammation of the knees and joints is relatively normal. Chronic, long-term inflammation can cause some serious health problems. So, if you’re looking to ease the burden of inflammation without the costly drugs, spice up your life and increase your consumption of turmeric!
Great for arthritis
Arthritis affects an estimated 54.4 million adults in the U.S. alone. It’s a large problem that’s getting substantially larger as our baby-boomer parents turn in to baby-boomer grandparents and great-grandparents. What if we told you that a little bit of turmeric could go a long way to easing their pain?
Curcumin, the butt kicking chemical buried in turmeric, is already being utilized to treat osteoarthritis. In some studies, curcumin even outperformed standard anti-inflammatory medications. Seriously, turmeric is that powerful.
It hates cancer
In this day and age, it’s safe to say that you know someone who has been effected by cancer. As far as safe bets go, that’s about as ‘safe’ as they get. Approximately 39.6% of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime. Scary stuff.
Luckily for all of us, turmeric is on our side of the battle. Scientists have been researching the cancer-busting potential of curcumin supplementation for decades. It’s been shown to reduce the growth of new blood vessels in tumors, stop the spread of cancer throughout the body, and kill cancer cells. Keep fighting the good fight, turmeric.