Turmeric is a wonderful ingredient for maintaining good health.
This vibrant and powerful root is always in my kitchen. I love to add it to all sorts of dishes, snacks and drinks, and of course my balls! It is an ingredient in my delicious Golden Balls.
Turmeric has many health benefits including..
Oxidative stress and inflammation play a role in many neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease. Research shows curcumin protects your brain cells against oxidative stress-induced damage (see below), lowers inflammation, and protects your energy-producing mitochondria.
Research shows curcumin can influence the natural treatment of several cancers, including colon, stomach, lung, breast, and skin cancers.
As little as 500 mg of curcumin for one week can improve your lipid profile including total cholesterol and HDL (your “good” cholesterol) levels.
Curcumin’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties can also aid in the treatment of cystic fibrosis, characterized by chronic respiratory infections and inflammation.
Oxidative stress and inflammation also contribute to depression. Depression, like any disease, is multi-factorial, meaning multiple culprits contribute. One study found using 500mg of curcumin twice daily for four to eight weeks provided anti-depressive benefits for people with major depressive disorders.
Gastrointestinal (GI) Disorders
Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory benefits can support people with GI disorders including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s Disease, and Ulcerative Colitis.
Research shows curcumin’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits can prevent the progression of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
Tumeric / Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits significantly slow osteoarthritis progression and relieve pain.
As an antioxidant, curcumin is a free radical scavenger that also binds and eliminates potentially damaging metals including iron and copper.
Curcumin shows promise for those with autoimmune diseases, including Rheumatoid Arthritis. Some studies show curcumin has a similar impact to NSAIDs without the side effects of medications.
What Vicky Says:
I LOVE Turmeric, and recommend it to so many of my clients due to it’s anti-inflammatory properties (with today’s Western diet, most people’s bodies are in some state of inflammation). It is also a great preventative against cancer. I recommend a supplement for a therapeutic dosage but it must be an “activated curcumin” supplement to allow optimum absorption.