Benefits of Adding Turmeric to Your Diet – Consumers Health Lab

Benefits of Adding Turmeric to Your Diet

There are many benefits to adding turmeric or curcumin to your daily diet that today you can simply take supplements with curcumin in it, or make homemade elixirs or simply cook with it more as you can make delicious curries and more with turmeric.

Contains Medicinal, Bioactive Compounds – The curcumin in turmeric is an amazing anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. When studies are done about turmeric typically they use an extract with large amounts of curcumin.

Is a Natural Anti-Inflammatory Compound – As mentioned, the natural anti-inflammatory ingredient in turmeric, curcumin will reduce inflammation. The body’s inflammation response is relevant to disease. If your body thinks it’s being attacked by something it automatically sends out compounds to cause the body to swell. This can cause a lot of symptoms, including pain and is thought to play a role in all illnesses.

Increases Antioxidant Effects – Antioxidants reduce free radicals which cause disease. The oxidative damage caused by free radicals is thought to be a co-factor in many diseases including cancer.

Boosts Brain Function – During your lifetime the neurons in your brain are able to multiply and increase in number. This process is faster when you are young, and slower as you age. Curcumin increases the levels of brain derived neurotrophic factors (BDNF) which may delay or reverse brain diseases.

Lowers Risks of Heart Disease – One of the biggest killers on the Earth for humans is heart disease. There is no one contributor to heart disease and certainly diet and exercise are important but some promising studies show that adding curcumin to your diet can improve your health and help prevent and even reverse heart disease.

May Prevent & Treat Cancer – No one likes the C word. It’s a horrible disease that takes many people away from us and tortures them in the process due to the horrible treatments needed to try to cure cancer. Studies on curcumin have shown that it may reduce the growth of cancer and act as a preventative as well. One study showed that just 4 grams of curcumin a day reduced cancerous lesions caused by colon cancer by over 40 percent.

May Prevent & Treat Alzheimer’s Disease – Alzheimer’s is thought to be caused by amyloid plaques, a type of protein tangles, building up in the brain. Curcumin may slow down the buildup of this protein and possibly even reverse the buildup.

Helps Lesson the Pain of Arthritis – Most diseases that cause a lot of inflammation like arthritis does, can be relieved by including turmeric in your diet. Studies are showing a curcumin supplement is more effective than most prescribed drugs.

Helps Fight Depression – Studies are starting to show that depression might also be the result of inflammation. According to several studies, curcumin might be as effective as common antidepressants like Prozac. While more studies need to be done, people have seen improvement by adding one gram of curcumin to their supplement regimen with good results.

Helps Fight Aging – It all comes down to fighting inflammation again, and it really helps to include turmeric in your daily diet or as a curcumin supplement. The combination of anti-inflammation and anti-oxidants plays a major role in helping to fight aging.

These benefits are just the tip of the iceberg. As studies continue they are finding that adding curcumin to your day can lead to improved cognition, better cardiovascular health, and improved mood. What could be better than that?

The Result: We tested over 78 brands of Turmeric pills in the market in house. We did extensive research on top brands, read consumer’s reviews and surveyed over 11,571 customers (last update November 2016).

-This is a guest post from Sherry Brooks, senior health editor from Society Health, she specializes in investigating the purity of different health supplements.