Turmeric, also known as Curcuma longa, is an ancient spice that has remained popular in India and Asia since 2,000 BC. It contains the bio-active ingredient Curcumin which is a staple in Ayurvedic medicine to ease physiological ailments since ancient times.
Turmeric's Explained Health Benefits:
Anti-Inflammatory - Chronic inflammation is known to be a contributor to many common Western diseases. Curcumin inhibits many NK-fb molecules known to play major roles in inflammation. Blocking these molecules disallow bacteria to go into the nuclei of cells preventing damage that cause heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer's and various degenerative conditions
High in Antioxidants - Oxidative damage is the main cause of free radicals causing aging and many diseases. Curcumin destroys the molecular structure of these free radicals blocking them to cause damage to our bodies while simultaneously boosting the body's natural antioxidant enzymes.
Rejuvenates Brain Neuron - Having low Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) growth hormone in the brain is linked to age-related brain diseases such as depression and Alzheimer's disease. Curcumin in Turmeric boosts levels of the brain hormone BDNF, which increases the growth of new neurons and fights, delays, and even reverses various degenerative processes in the brain in addition to improving memory and intelligence.
Anti-Depressant - Curcumin lead to improvements in treating depression which is linked to reduced levels of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) and a shrinking hippocampus. As already mentioned, Curcumin in Turmeric boosts BDNF levels reversing these changes. In addition, there are controlled studies that Curcumin boosts brain neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine which makes it as effective as the chemical drug Prozac.
Improves Heart and Blood Pressure - Curcumin in Turmeric improves the function of the lining of the blood vessels called endothelium. Dysfunction in endothelium is a one of the main causes of heart disease, irregular blood pressure, blood clotting, and other factors. In a study, with Curcumin's effect on the endothelium function coupled with its anti-inflammation and anti-oxidant properties, it decreases risk of experiencing heart attacks.
Prevents and Treats Cancer - Curcumin has been deemed a beneficial herb in cancer treatment by reducing angiogenesis (growth of new blood vessels in tumors) and metastasis (spread of cancer) which contributes to the death of cancerous cells. There are multiple studies that show Curcumin can help treat cancer in humans and even preventing cancer from occurring especially digestive system cancers (i.e. colorectal cancer).
Prevents Alzheimer’s - There are yet no cures available for Alzheimer's which is the leading cause of dementia. However, the best we can do is prevent this most common neurodegenerative disease. One key feature of Alzheimer's disease is a buildup of protein tangles called Amyloid plaques. Studies show that Curcumin clears these plaques crossing the blood-brain barrier which is shown to lead to various improvements in the pathological process of Alzheimer's disease.
Alleviates Arthritis - Arthritis common symptom is the painful inflammation in the joints. Many studies show that Curcumin, being a potent anti-inflammatory substance, is way more effective than anti-inflammatory drugs made of chemicals by noting improvements in the painful symptoms of Arthritis.
Heals Wounds/Infections - There are studies that found Curcumin in Turmeric offers beneficial properties that soothes irritation and oxidation that helps wounds heal faster. It also supports collagen synthesis rates, improves wound contraction, and increases tissue strength and cell proliferation in another study.
Balances Blood Sugar - A study on the effects of Curcumin on insulin-producing cells within the pancreas called Beta cells and Islet cells in relation to imbalanced blood sugar shows that the substance has a positive effect on balancing sugar levels in the body.