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Spice Up Your Life

Five reasons why you should eat more turmeric and curcumin.

Store aisles are lined with supplements, all claiming to provide a range of health benefits. While certain supplements fulfill their promises, others fall short. Ask a health expert and you’ll learn that one of the most powerful supplements you can take for your health is turmeric.

Responsible for curry powder’s bright yellow color, turmeric is essential to many of your favorite Indian and Asian dishes. But it's not just the flavor and color that sets turmeric apart. The main active ingredient found in turmeric is called curcumin. This compound gives turmeric its amazing reputation.

For thousands of years, these spices that you use to flavor food have been valued for their medicinal properties. What’s the big deal about turmeric and curcumin? Read on to find out.

Calm Inflammation

Inflammation plays an important role in your body’s immune response. When foreign invaders work their way into your body, the immune system activates. Inflammation kicks in, and the damage done by those foreign invaders is repaired. Sometimes, however, unwanted inflammation occurs in the body. As a result, your immune system attacks healthy tissue. This can lead to disease.

Fortunately for you, turmeric has an anti-inflammatory effect. For this reason, a turmeric supplement may help relieve the pain and inflammation of conditions such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. As with any medication, talk with your doctor before taking new supplements.

Fight Free Radicals

Free radicals in the body can cause oxidative damage. This damage contributes to disease and aging. Antioxidants fight free radicals and reduce the damage they cause. Where can you find antioxidants? Curcumin. But wait, there’s more! Studies suggest that curcumin may do more than fight free radicals. It may also boost the effect of other antioxidants.

Fend Off Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death around the world. Studies suggest its progression may be slowed or prevented with curcumin. It does this by benefiting the circulatory system in a couple important ways.

1. Curcumin helps keep the lining of blood vessels healthy. Damaged blood vessels are a major contributor to problems with blood clotting and blood pressure regulation.

2. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of curcumin benefit the heart and reduce risk factors for heart disease.

Boost Brain Health

More research is needed, but animal studies show the spice may increase levels of the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). This gene is involved in neuron development, memory, and learning. Low levels of BDNF are linked to mental health conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and depression. If curcumin does indeed have this effect, it may help slow the progression of brain diseases and age-related cognitive decline. It may even reverse these common issues.

Prevent Cancer

Anything that may prevent or treat cancer is worth more research and attention. While there are many cancers, studies show some may be affected by curcumin. The powerful compound may kill cancer cells, slow the growth of blood vessels in tumors, or limit the spread of the cancer. It may even keep cancer from developing in the first place. While more research is necessary, these potential benefits could have significant implications.