Turmeric! Why You Need To Meet This Dude!
Turmeric, what do you know about it? Maybe that its used to give curry that wild orangey-yellow colour? Maybe you have heard loads of health hippies rave about it? Maybe you have no idea what it is or why I have chosen to write about it?....Well, give me a few minutes of your time and you will soon be keen to meet this dude!
Turmeric is being hailed as one of the most effective natural supplements. It isn't new, it has been used for thousands of years in India for medicinal purposes but the root is making a rise to fame like an X-Factor singer. We hadn't really heard about him and now he pops up everywhere!
The main component of turmeric which has been hailed to provide some of the amazing benefits below is called curcumin, I'll explain later how you can enhance this ingredient once you know just how SUPER this superfood is!
So lets get to it! What are the benefits of turmeric?
- Anti-inflammatory properties! This natural root repairs damage and is amazing for chronic long term inflammation.
- It is an amazing antioxidant and it increases the antioxidant count in our body! This is important as antioxidants protect our bodies from free radicals (nasty little blighters which are formed through natural human processes in addition to being a result of our environment such as a poor diet, air pollutants, alcohol or smoking for example).
- It manages pain! Turmeric is a legitimate natural pain killer! How cool is that? (Plus there is no list of side effects that come in the box either!)
- It helps the brain! Yes, really, it boosts the levels of the brain hormone called BDNF (if you are interested this stands for Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor) which helps to increase the growth of new neurones (cells which transmit information) and can help with decreases in brain function and degenerative processes in the brain such as depression.
- It may help to reverse Heart Disease! Turmeric improves the lining of your blood vessels helping to regulate blood pressure and blood clotting.
- It can help Arthritis! There are many types of arthritis, but most involve some sort of inflammation and turmeric can help to relieve pain in the joints.
- It can be used for Diabetes Management! Turmeric can lower blood sugar and reverse insulin resistance.
- It can be used for Cholesterol regulation! Turmeric and particularly the magical ingredient in turmeric - curcumin has been used as an alternative to the drug Statin to reduce the oxidative stress and damaged blood vessels which contain a gradual build up of the bad cholesterol (known as LDL cholesterol) .
- It can be used for Gastrointestinal Treatments! Where drugs can tear up the mucosal lining (the moist layer in our gut which aids absorption of substances during digestion), curcumin with its anti-inflammatory properties can help to heal the gut and support the growth of good bacteria.
- It is a powerful Antiseptic! Use it to disinfect cuts and burns.
Pretty cool hey! I'm sold! But how can we get more turmeric and most importantly increase the absorption of curcumin in our diets?
Well, lets look at how we get it in our diet first; in its natural form, turmeric comes as a root, very much like ginger but with that yellow middle which stains unbelievably!
WARNING! Be careful if you get the root in your house, I made that mistake when cutting and juicing turmeric root and everything including my hands stayed yellow for days!
You can buy turmeric root or turmeric powder and add it to your dishes when cooking or I guess if you were pretty hard core you could eat it raw?! (let me know how that goes if you try it!) You can also juice it, buy it in cold pressed juices or make a turmeric latte! These bad boys rock, I love them! Finally, you can buy a turmeric supplement, just make sure it contains curcumin.
Wait, before you go I want to give you a final tip to make your meeting with this dude the best it can be.....
As the curcumin in turmeric is hard to absorb, consume it with black pepper or look for a turmeric supplement with bioperine (this makes the curcumin more bioavailable, meaning it enhances the amount that is absorbed into the bloodstream).
So, what are you waiting for?! I have introduced you, now its time you guys took things one step further ;) ......