The Power of Turmeric

Okay, I have spent the last several months discussing autoimmune diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, dieting and etc. But honestly I feel the need to switch gears a little bit. I remember a conversation that I had with a gentleman several months ago. He was telling me about his doctor’s appointment and his doctor told him that he needed to go on a low carb, low fat diet. The doctor told him all of the foods that he should stay away from. By the time he left from the doctor’s office, he was more confused than when he went in. His doctor had told him all of the food that he couldn’t eat, but never told him what he could eat.

That’s the issue with those of us that push health. We push people to stop eating certain things without giving them options to replace their old food. At this point we have a clue of what the overall health is in the nation, so there is no need to continue to blog about it. There is no longer a need to to talk about not eating this or eating that. I want to focus more on discussing nutrient-dense foods, herbs, spices, and supplements that can be beneficial to people as they transition to a healthier lifestyle.

Turmeric Curcumin is a spice/supplement that some regard as the most powerful spice in nature . It is traditionally used in India and Asia to treat many ailments due to its medicinal properties. Turmeric contains powerful curcuminoids, and the most important is curcumin. The curcumin in turmeric has a significant anti-inflammatory effect, and is also a great antioxidant.

I personally use turmeric in almost everything that I cook. However, it is important to note that turmeric in the spice form has low levels of the powerful ingredient curcumin. So in order to reap the full benefits of curcumin you must take a supplement that contains a significant amount of it. Also, curcumin absorbs poorly in the blood stream so you want to take turmeric with black pepper. Black pepper has a chemical called piperine that assists in curcumin absorption. Fortunately companies such as Nutra Champs makes a dynamic turmeric supplement that’s loaded with curcumin and the piperine from black pepper.

Now let’s look at some of the positive effects of turmeric:

  • It is super at reducing chronic inflammation. It has been shown to reduce inflammation at the same level as anti-inflammatory drugs, but without the side effects. I agree with this because it definitely helped reduce the inflammation associated with my Chron’s Disease.
  • Turmeric is a great antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals.
  • Turmeric improves brain function and reduces the risk of brain diseases.  Hopefully African Americans will jump on the turmeric train because a recent study show that African Americans are 2x – 3x more likely to develop a cognitive degenerative condition.
  • Lowers risk of heart disease
  • Helps to prevent and possibly treat cancer.
  • Helps to delay aging and age related health issues
  • Helps to treat arthritis
  • Fights against depression
  • Helps fight symptoms associated with AIDS
  • Lastly, it tastes really really good!

So please eat more turmeric, get a turmeric supplement with black pepper and watch your health improve. My next post will probably focus on the benefits of kale because I really love that stuff and it’s loaded with nutrients.

 

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