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Health Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric benefits are countless. It is one of the most versatile plants. This rhizomatous plant, native to tropical Asia, is part of the ginger family. This spice has become quite valuable. Thanks to the discovery of its protective and therapeutic qualities. Turmeric is a spice that challenges more and more scientific researchers! After recognizing its anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties, new studies show that turmeric also has anti-depressive properties. Its influence on behavior and psyche are equal or even exceed as the effect of certain drugs such as ‘Prozac’. The regular consumption of turmeric in the diet develops in the depressed person a feeling of security. Curcumin, the natural element of turmeric, leaves no side effects and is very effective. Turmeric protects against the decline of mental faculties due to aging. It helps to keep a good memory.
Life in Yellow
The natural peppers that give Curcuma their beautiful yellow color are curcuminoids. Turmeric is also known as ‘the golden spice’, nickname given due to its color but also thanks to its precious virtues. For its coloring power, it was used to be used by Buddhist monks to dye their dress. Turmeric enters today into the food industry as a natural dye listed under the code E100. Spices enhance the flavor of dishes and if they also bring health benefits, then it is advisable to use them as often as possible. Studies on the properties of ‘curcumin’ in the turmeric spice demonstrate that it is beneficial for patients in depression and effective in treating the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
Turmeric benefits | Inflammation and Depression
One of the physiological mechanisms leading to depression is inflammation. It has been found that significant inflammation in the body can lead to suicidal thoughts in patients. Inflammation causes neurological degeneration and cellular disorders intimately related to behavioral disorders. The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric therefore prove to be very appropriate in the treatment of depression. Other studies have shown that in today’s society inflammatory disorders are increasing as well as behavioral disorders. A direct connection between the two is therefore coherent.
Prevent Alzheimer’s disease
Research on mice has shown that turmeric causes effects on the brain that are similar to antidepressants, but without all the side effects that drugs can cause. For millennia, this ingredient is used as a base in Indian cuisine and also in some Asian countries. Of all the old people living in the traditional villages of these countries, the rate of those with Alzheimer’s disease is very low or non-existent compared to the rest of the world. This disease is caused by a series of cellular inflammation that causes plaques in the brain. Scientific research has shown that turmeric prevents the formation of these plaques. This magic spice is promised a bright future!
One of the genes in the human body, hemoeoxygenase-1, defends the brain from free radical attacks by regulating antioxidant activity. The neuro protective effects of curcumin promote the activity of this gene and increase the resistance of brain cells to oxidative lesions.
Several Modes of Use
To take advantage of many turmeric benefits, it can be used in different forms:
- In powder, to be easily incorporated in many culinary preparations, salads, roasts, dishes in sauce, etc. This spice is part of Indian curry.
- You must add black pepper to turmeric so that it is absorbed by the body.
- In fresh Turmeric pieces can be incorporated into organic fruit juice and centrifuge together or grate the Turmeric with other vegetables.
- In pure extract for a drug consumption.
- In infusion, take 1 cm of rhizome of organic turmeric and infused in simmering water, till 5 minutes.
Nothing Beats the Natural
Focus on the consumption of turmeric in powder form rather than in the form of dietary supplements. Indeed, often the preparations of the products offered as dietary supplements contain only curcumin which represents only one of the natural components of turmeric and also some traces of chemicals such as hexane used for the extraction of curcumin. The extraction process of natural turmeric uses liquefied carbon. On the other hand, turmeric dietary supplements containing piperine (black pepper) can be used to improve the absorption of curcumin by the body by up to 154%.
Recipes of Turmeric
Calm the brain and balance the hormones with Golden Turmeric Latte
- 1 ½ cups non-dairy milk
- ½ t vanilla extract
- ½ T coconut oil
- 1 t turmeric
- ½ t ground cinnamon
- ½ t ginger
- ¼ t black pepper
- Add ingredients to a small saucepan, and bring to a boil.
- As the milk heats, whisk the ingredients until it becomes frothy and smooth (about 3-5 minutes).
- Simmer a few minutes on low, then transfer to a cup and enjoy!
Anti-inflammatory, soothing tea
- 1 cup of water
- 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 4 peppercorn
- 1/2-1 tsp unfiltered honey (depending on your preferred sweetness)
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- In a small saucepan, boil water.
- Add the spices and lemon juice, and stir to combine.
- Remove the saucepan from heat, and cover with a lid.
- Allow the mixture to steam and combine for 10 minutes.
- Add honey and drink this lukewarm soothing tea. This tea will settle as you drink it, so you will need a spoon to redistribute the spices.
Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric and Ginger Smoothie
- 10 oz unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 large handful of frozen peaches
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon of ginger
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- A few dashes of black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon of chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon of raw honey (or more to taste)
- Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.