KAPOW! Now You Know: Turmeric

KAPOW! Now You Know: Turmeric

August 04, 2017

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Turmeric (Turr-murr-ick), noun

Origin: India, and Southeast Asia

Curcuma longa (perennial member of the Zingiberaceae family)

Turmeric is a very close cousin to ginger and is well recognized for adding colour and flavor to curries and Indian dishes. It has been used for centuries for its natural healing properties as it is among the most antioxidant-rich, anti-inflammatory and immune enhancing herbs available. Turmeric is used in both Ayurveda and Chinese medicine as a remedy for jaundice and liver and gallbladder disorders. As it is it such a powerful antioxidant it is an effective treatment for arthritis, osteoarthritis and other anti-inflammatory conditions. Curcumin (one of turmeric major constituents) is proving to be a powerful agent against several types of cancers that impact the lives of those suffering from breast, colon, prostate and skin cancer. Turmeric helps to lower blood cholesterol levels and is a natural anticoagulant to help prevent blood clots. It is an excellent digestive aid as it helps to stabilize the digestive system's micro-flora, inhibiting yeast growth.  

Anti-inflammatory

  • Inflammation is the root cause of many Western Disease, which can be prevented with proper nutrition and anti-inflammatory foods and spices.
  • Turmeric should be ingested with peppercorns and healthy fats. Most commonly consumed in curries, and teas made with almond milk, turmeric root or powder and 3-5 black peppercorns.

Increases the Antioxidant Capacity in the Body

  • Protects against free radicals
  • Boost the activity of the body’s own antioxidant enzymes
  • Neutralize free radicals that contribute to oxidation damage, aging process, and disease

Boost Brain Function and Lowers Risk of Brain Disease

  • Turmeric boosts the levels of the brain hormone BDNF, which increases the growth of new neurons and fights various degenerative processes in the brain
  • Mental health and brain health and vital for optimum health

Helps Lower the Risk of Heart Disease

  • Because of it’s high and potent anti-inflammatory and oxidation properties, turmeric is very beneficial for preventing heart disease and assisting to heal patients who are suffering from heart disease
  • Improves the function of the endothelium, which is the lining of the blood vessels in your heart

Help Prevent and Even Cure Cancer

  • Turmeric can affect cancer growth, its development and spread at a molecular level
  • Can reduce angiogenesis, metastasis, and contributes to the cell death of cancer cells, making it anticarcinogenic

Preventing and Reducing Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Reduces inflammation and oxidation damage that plays a role in Alzheimer's disease

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Much love to Rebecca Hammond of Girls Get It - our go-to Nutritionist and Physical Trainer for sharing all this amazing knowledge.