6 Benefits of Turmeric Root Backed by Science
Benefits of Turmeric Root
Everyone has an opinion when it comes to healthy eating, dieting or the benefits of going green. ‘Always eat your vegetables steamed, ‘processed food is never better’ or even a casual ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’. What if one the healthiest foods is an ancient spice that could be right in your kitchen? Is Turmeric just a natural food dye and preservative? NO! Turns out, it’s way more than the substance that makes your mustard creamy.
Turmeric is one the most thoroughly researched plants in existence today.
Its medicinal properties and components have been the subject of over 5600 peer-reviewed and published biomedical studies.
Given the sheer density of research performed on this remarkable spice, it is no wonder that a growing number of studies have concluded that it compares favorably to the leading pharmaceutical drugs used to treat many different conditions, including
heart attack prevention,
other inflammatory afflictions,
Turmeric root has been used in ancient India (and currently) for its healing properties. Research has proven that its main active component and ingredient, curcumin, has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antioxidant properties that give it multiple health benefits.
The anti-inflammatory compound plays a massive role in relieving chronic pains with a lot fewer side effects. Regular use could be an effective strategy on the prevention of rheumatoid arthritis.
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Our findings indicated that Zingiberaceae extracts are clinically effective hypoalgesic agents and the available data show a better safety profile than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Diabetes is a health issue that’s far too common. Turmeric root contains high levels of antioxidant properties that aid in the reduction of liver oxidative stress. Furthermore, the root lowers glucose levels in the blood, reversing insulin resistance, the main cause of type 2 diabetes. (26088351)
No one wants to look older than they actually are. The anti-inflammatory properties in turmeric root reduce redness and irritation, while the antibacterial properties reduce acne flare-ups and blemishes giving you a perfect skin balance. That’s not all. Its antioxidant properties prevent oxidative damages that age the skin, thus keeping you looking fresh as ever. (26329948)
This powerful herb contains curcumin, which has tumor-cell death abilities. This compound inhibits the growth of new blood vessels in tumors (called angiogenesis), thus preventing nutrients from reaching the cancer cells in bladder and lung tumors.
The root strengthens the lining of blood vessels by, once again, reducing inflammation. It helps to inhibit necrosis of heart tissue by reducing bad cholesterol buildup and lowering the levels in blood overall. (25847554)
We cherish every memory we have, good or bad, but how good are we at retaining them? Boost your memory with a little turmeric powder. Turmeric root increases the oxygen intake to your brain cells, improving your memory. The root facilitates the breakdown of amyloid plaques that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease. The less clogged the blood vessels leading to the brain are, the more oxygen is fed to the brain. The root raises the levels of the brain-derived neurotrophic factor that aids and improves growth of neurons and generally fight the degenerative process. (17569205">17569205">17569205)
When in grad school, I worked in a lab where I researched the influence of turmeric (curcumin) on bone cell development and inflammation in osteoporosis. One of the main concerns that always came us in the scientific literature was the ability for curcumin (the active ingredient of turmeric) to actually be "available" to our body cells once the herb was ingested.
Before you go gulping spoonfuls of turmeric powder, remember to accompany it with a hint of black pepper for better absorption into the bloodstream. Take it in your food with a wide range of other spices and herbs for better protective effects. Or try a new and more efficient way of taking turmeric that aids in its bioavailability. (Ability for curcumin to be used by the body’s cells)
Do you take turmeric? What has your experience been?
Are you taking it via capsule, powder, extract? Do you use it in cooking?
Share your store with this amazing spice!
Jennifer Hutchison Taylor is a herbal therapist, physiologist, author, doula, and reiki practitioner who helps women rediscover their feminine beauty and find the complete path to healing. As the founder of Beauty in Bloom, her mission is to promote generational wellness by providing natural, sustainable, and holistic health solutions for women. Beauty in Bloom exists to create a world where women are happy, healthy, and are taken back to their roots for healing. While herbs are the main tools that she uses, she combines this modality with superfood nutrition, spiritual guidance, and her rich biological sciences background to teach a powerful and revolutionary approach to holistic health.