5 Health Benefits of Curcumin (substance found in Turmeric)
I use Turmeric regularly in my cooking. Not only do I like the taste but did you know that Turmeric may be the most effective nutritious supplement? Here are 5 reasons why:
- Studies Show That Curcumin can help fight depression
Curcumin has shown some promise in treating depression. A study in 60 depressed patients showed that curcumin was as effective as prozac in alleviating the symptoms of depression. Click here for information on the study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23832433
- Curcumin helps against endothelial dysfunction which can lower the risk of Heart Disease
For the record, Heart disease is the biggest killer in the world. Endothelial dysfunction is a major driver of heart disease. Health disease occurs when the endothelium has the inability to normalize blood pressure and blood clotting. It’s been proven that Curcumin improves the function of the endothelium.
- Curcumin helps with Anti-Inflammation
Inflammation plays a main part in almost every chronic, Western disease. Curcumin is intensely anti-inflammatory; even matching the efficiency of some anti-inflammatory drugs. Curcumin can hinder many molecules known to play major roles in inflammation.
- Curcumin increases BDNF, which is linked to enhanced brain function.
Curcumin can increase brain levels of BDNF. Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), is a type of growth hormone that functions in the brain. Many brain disorders have been linked to reduced levels of this hormone, including depression and Alzheimer’s disease. By increasing levels of BDNF, curcumin helps the fight against numerous deteriorating processes in the brain.
- Turmeric can help prevent cancer.
Studies have shown that it can reduce the development of new blood vessels in tumors and the spread of cancer. There is also some evidence that it may help prevent cancer from occurring in the first place, especially cancers of the digestive system.
If you don’t know how to incorporate Turmeric in your food check out these recipes from OneGreenPlanet.org