Tumeric

Did you know Tumeric is a Natural Anti-Inflammatory Compound?

I have been using Tumeric to help relieve the inflammation on my back  and any body ache I feel after exercising.

Every night before bed, I cut a few slices of lemon and ginger and put these in a big glass of water. I leave it overnight in the fridge. In the morning, I add a teaspoon of Tumeric and drink it before having my green juice!

I have had surgery twice in my life. The first one was on my left wrist. I had a torn ligament due to playing tennis. The second, (and I hope my last) was when I broke my left elbow. When I broke my elbow (before and after surgery) I was on pain medicine and let me tell you, the side effects of these pain killers were making me feel horribly! This is the reason every time I feel pain in my body, I try to heal it using natural medicine. Of course, if the pain is too much that I can’t handle, I do take medicine.

When I learned that curcumin, found in tumeric targets multiple steps in the inflammatory pathway at the molecular level, I want it to use it forever!

Tumeric really does contain compounds with medicinal properties (1). These compounds are called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant!

Proven Health Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin

1. Turmeric Contains Bioactive Compounds With Powerful Medicinal Properties

Tumeric really does contain compounds with medicinal properties (1). These compounds are called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin. Curcumin has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.

Did you know also that Curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream? Consuming black pepper with it, enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2000% (3).

2. Curcumin is a Natural Anti-Inflammatory Compound

It turns out that curcumin is strongly anti-inflammatory, it is so powerful that it matches the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs (7). Curcumin actually targets multiple steps in the inflammatory pathway, at the molecular level.

In several studies, its potency has compared favorably to anti-inflammatory pharmaceutical drugs… except without the side effects (13, 14).

3. Turmeric Dramatically Increases The Antioxidant Capacity of The Body

The main reason antioxidants are so beneficial, is that they protect our bodies from free radicals.

Curcumin happens to be a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals due to its chemical structure (15, 16).

But curcumin also boosts the activity of the body’s own antioxidant enzymes (17, 18, 19).

4. Curcumin Boosts Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor, Linked to Improved Brain Function and a Lower Risk of Brain Diseases

The neurons are capable of forming new connections, but in certain areas of the brain, they can also multiply and increase in number.

One of the main drivers of this process is Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), which is a type of growth hormone that functions in the brain (20).

Many common brain disorders have been linked to decreased levels of this hormone. This includes depression and Alzheimer’s disease (21, 22).

Interestingly, curcumin can increase brain levels of BDNF (23, 24).

By doing this, it may be effective at delaying or even reversing many brain diseases and age-related decreases in brain function (25).

5. Curcumin Leads to Various Improvements That Should Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease

Curcumin has beneficial effects on several factors known to play a role in heart disease. It improves the function of the endothelium and is a potent anti-inflammatory agent and antioxidant.

6. Turmeric Can Help Prevent (And Perhaps Even Treat) Cancer

Curcumin leads to several changes on the molecular level that may help prevent and perhaps even treat cancer.

7. Curcumin May be Useful in Preventing and Treating Alzheimer’s Disease

Curcumin can cross the blood-brain barrier and has been shown to lead to various improvements in the pathological process of Alzheimer’s disease.

8. Arthritis Patients Respond Very Well to Curcumin Supplementation

Arthritis is a common disorder characterized by joint inflammation. Many studies show that curcumin can help treat symptoms of arthritis and is in some cases more effective than anti-inflammatory drugs.

9. Studies Show That Curcumin Has Incredible Benefits Against Depression

A study in 60 depressed patients showed that curcumin was as effective as prozac in alleviating the symptoms of depression.

10. Curcumin May Help Delay Aging and Fight Age-Related Chronic Diseases

curcumin has become very popular as an anti-aging supplement (49).

Given that oxidation and inflammation are believed to play a role in aging, curcumin may have effects that go way beyond just prevention of disease (50).

 

I hope you find this interesting and helps you in any way!