Our bodies function in such a way as to make use of nutrients from the foods we eat for overall wellness. Among the foods, which have a significant impact on our health, is turmeric. Here are four, research supported, health benefits of turmeric and how to get them.
Due to the presence of curcumin, turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. These properties are so powerful that researchers have concluded that it is as effective as both prescribed and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs, but without the negative side effects. The anti-inflammatory effects produce a broad range of additional health benefits related to preventing nearly every chronic disease we face.
Turmeric is also a powerful antioxidant. The chemical structure of curcumin helps to neutralize the buildup of free radicals in your body as well as boosts your body's antioxidant enzymes. In combination, these two functions have raised interest in curcumin to a high level in the treatment and prevention of cancer.
Improved Brain Function
The curcumin found in turmeric also helps to improve brain function. A hormone known as the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), is a major part of the proper functioning of neurons. Conditions such as depression and diseases like Alzheimer's present low levels of this hormone. Curcumin able to boost BDNF levels, and is, therefore, a potential treatment option for these and other related conditions.
Treatment of Heart Disease
Another promising health benefit of turmeric comes in the form of the prevention and treatment of heart disease. A major contributor to heart disease is endothelial dysfunction, which hampers your body's efforts to control blood pressure, clotting and various other factors. Curcumin's anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties contribute to the improvement of endothelial function.
How to Benefit from Turmeric
These are among many promising health benefits of turmeric. Our body's better absorb curcumin with a little bit of help. That help comes in the form of piperine, found in black pepper. Additionally, because curcumin is fat soluble, it is more effective when taken with a fatty acid. To get the full benefits of turmeric, it is best to add a little bit of black pepper and mix it with milk, coconut oil or some other type of fat.
Turmeric is among the most promising foods for healing and preventive health. Used properly, it can help reverse the causes of some of the most critical health conditions we face. Trilogy Fitness promotes healthy eating along with regular exercise in the improvement of overall wellness. To take advantage of what we have to offer, check out our class schedule.