More and more people are becoming aware of the importance of diet to their overall health and wellness. They are choosing to avoid processed foods and become aware of the ingredients that factory food manufacturers include in what should be food along with seeking to avoid GMOs. However, many people are not yet aware of how effective spices can be bringing their bodies to overall health and wellness.
For example, take turmeric. The list of health benefits from ingesting this spice seems to grow and grow. Recent studies show that this spice can be effective in treating Alzheimer’s Disease. Drweil.com notes:
“Population studies have shown that elderly villagers in India appear to have the lowest rate of Alzheimer’s disease in the world, and researchers have speculated that the anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin may be partly responsible.”
Additionally, here are six additional benefits of ingesting turmeric every day:
- Combat inflammation: Turmeric contains curcumin which has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. This may explain the effect on Alzheimer’s Disease as Drweil.com also notes that “Alzheimer’s begins as an inflammatory process in the brain, and Indians eat turmeric with almost every meal.”
- Reduce risk of cancer: J.D. Heyes writes, “In reality, turmeric could very well be one of the most potent natural anti-cancer agents there is. Not only can it prevent the growth of cancer cells, but it also blocks the development and spread of cancer and, some believe, may even hold the cure for several cancers.”
- Improved digestion: Ingestion of turmeric can reduce gas and bloating and help with gallbladder and digestive tract function. If you have gallbladder disease, be cautious as turmeric can worsen the condition.
- Improved heart health: Turmeric can reduce LDL (bad cholesterol).
- Combats arthritis and joint pain: Because arthritis is inflammation of the joints, turmeric can help this common ailment.
- Increased longevity: Many, maybe most, diseases associated with aging have strong links to inflammation. By reducing inflammation, the body does not wear out as quickly, thus allowing people to live longer.
Having said this, Drweill.com offers some cautions when ingesting turmeric:
“Neither curcumin nor turmeric taken orally is well absorbed unless taken with black pepper or piperine, a constituent of black pepper responsible for its pungency. When shopping for supplements, make sure that the one you choose contains black pepper extract or piperine. (If you’re cooking with turmeric, be sure to add some black pepper to the food.). Be patient when taking turmeric supplements: the full benefits may not be apparent for eight weeks.
“Don’t use turmeric if you have gallstones or bile duct dysfunction. Pregnant women shouldn’t use it without their doctors’ approval. In rare cases, extended use can cause stomach upset or heartburn. (Note that piperine can slow the elimination of some prescription drugs including phenytoin [Dilantin], propranolol [Inderal], and theophylline. Some evidence also suggests that curcumin can interfere with a chemotherapy agent used to treat breast cancer, so if you’re being treated for this disease, be sure to discuss the advisability of taking curcumin with your physician.”
In light of these benefits, you may want to consider adding turmeric as a regular part of your diet.