Turmeric, one of the most effective nutritional supplement given by nature. There are a huge number of studies show that it has major benefits for your body and brain.
Ingredient In Turmeric
Turmeric is an Indian spice that has been used for centuries in Ayurveda medicine, not only in India but in places like China as well.
With more than 300 different components, turmeric is one the best natural Ayurveda medicine. But the components known as curcumin is the best in turmeric. Today we are going to talk about benefits of curcumin.
According to a study by Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center states says that: “curcumin modulates various signaling molecules, including inflammatory molecules, transcription factors, enzymes, protein kinases, protein reductases, carrier proteins, cell survival proteins, drug resistance proteins, adhesion molecules, growth factors, receptors, cell-cycle regulatory proteins, chemokines, DNA, RNA, and metal ions”.
Here are the Amazing health benefits of turmeric
1. Reduce Cholesterol
We all know that having healthy cholesterol levels is important, but where does the whole cholesterol thing begin?
Like most things related to the body’s health, it starts in the gut with digestion and absorption of fats from the food we eat. So what if we could regulate that absorption so that we absorb less fat and cholesterol?
A study published in Lipids Health and Disease proposed that if we could stop some of the cholesterol absorptions from the intestine, we could reduce blood cholesterol by up to 36%. So they set out to test if curcumin could help with this.
It has been shown in several studies that curcumin decreases cholesterol levels because it aids in lipid (fat) metabolism. But what this study discovered was that in the intestine, curcumin inhibits the key transporter of cholesterol known as NPC1L1.
Another study by Kumar and colleagues also tested the NPC1L1 transporter and found the same thing, curcumin helps to modulate it and therefore reduce cholesterol absorption.
That means that we have a great tool here to stop cholesterol before it becomes a problem, and best of all it’s a natural tool as well.
2. Protect Against Neurodegenerative Conditions
I don’t know about you but one thing I hope never happens to me is losing my mind. I imagine that things like dementia and Alzheimer’s are two of the most difficult situations to face, especially for loved ones.
Alzheimer’s is a multi-stage condition where there is gradual decline and researchers have been turning to dietary components to see if any of them can slow this down or stop its development. What they’ve discovered is that Alzheimer’s is associated with a chronic inflammatory response in the brain.
Remember how we talked about the potent effects of turmeric on inflammation?
Patil and fellow researchers have discovered that curcumin can be used as an agent for conducting MRIs and detecting Alzheimer’s. And although there is no absolute evidence right now, researchers such as Calabrese & colleagues are currently looking into how turmeric could help delay the symptoms and progression.
Given that curcumin seems to provide so many benefits, I think they will probably discover some amazing things in the near future.
3. Aid Liver Function
Most of us know that LDL is bad and HDL is good. But did you know that LDL could affect the cells in the liver?
That’s right, the liver metabolizes all fats, and LDL has an influence on hepatic stellate cells (HSCs). HSCs are cells in the liver that form scar tissue when the liver is damaged.
A study in the British Journal of Pharmacology by researchers Kang & Chen used rats with the goal to identify if turmeric could reduce the effect of LDL on HSCs. They found that turmeric suppressed the LDL receptors on HSCs and helped to reduce cellular cholesterol.
For someone with obesity, type 2 diabetes, or hypercholesterolemia this could protect the liver from damage.
4. Increases Weight Loss
Fat tissue is a very metabolically active tissue that produces many inflammatory molecules. Turmeric reduces the inflammatory response in fat tissue and helps promote fatty acid oxidation.
The key immune cells found in fat tissue called macrophages are the ones that recruit more immune cells to come into play, up-regulating inflammation and fat storage.
Turmeric stops macrophages in their tracks so the inflammation never gets a chance to take hold, meaning you won’t keep putting on weight, but lose it instead. ?
5. Improve Depressive Symptoms
We already discovered that curcumin can help with neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s, so can it have an influence on other mental health issues like depression?
A study in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology done with 56 people with a major depressive disorder; randomized them to either placebo or 500 mg curcumin for 8 weeks. Interestingly, from weeks 0-4 both placebo and curcumin were associated with significant improvements.
Nothing like the placebo effect on thinking!
But, from 4-8 weeks that placebo effect was no longer working and the group taking curcumin came out with improvements in several mood-related symptoms, while the other group had no more improvements.
Supplementation with curcumin has also been shown to enhance the effectiveness of medications on depressive symptoms too.
All and all I’d say it shows some great results for anyone suffering from depression.
6. Fast Recovery From Gym Workouts
The last discovery I made and loved, and know you will too, is that taking a turmeric supplement can help with your post-workout recovery.
You know that horrible soreness you get after going to the gym? Delayed onset muscle soreness is what they call it.
And it usually comes on strongest 2 days later…
oh that burn!
Well, Nicola & colleagues did some research with 17 men and looked at whether curcumin could help prevent that.
They gave one group placebo and one group curcumin and tested limb pain, muscle swelling, single leg jump height, and blood levels of inflammatory molecules. They found the group taking curcumin had moderate-large reductions in pain when performing single leg jump, squats, and stretches.
They also found that inflammatory molecules were reduced 24 hours after exercise. The conclusion was, yes, curcumin definitely helps with delayed onset muscle soreness.
What a bonus!
Although the standard dosage seems to be 500 mg once or twice a day, I’d just recommend following the instructions on the manufacturer’s label because they will all be a bit different.
Like I said if you look at the scientific studies you can find THOUSANDS of health benefits of turmeric. I’ve certainly learned a thing or two, so I hope you’ve discovered some of the great ways turmeric can help you too.
Do you take turmeric or use it in cooking? Share your answer in comment section below!