With its unique flavor and yellowish color, turmeric is often added in butter, mustards, cheese, and powders. Besides being used in cooking, this spice possesses incredible health benefits and it can be used for treating a number of health issues.
Recent studies suggest that it can reduce cancer risk, treat heartburn, bloating, diarrhea, intestinal gas, colds, headaches, wounds, gallbladder disorders, arthritis, and bruising.
The researches once thought that, to get its benefits you need to take about one to two grams per day, but studies showed that lower amounts, about 50 milligrams per day, has the same health benefits. These are some reasons why you should add it to your diet:
Top Five Reasons to Add Turmeric to Your Diet
1. Reduces Inflammation
The volatile oil fraction of turmeric has demonstrated significant anti-inflammatory activity in a variety of experimental models. Even more potent than its volatile oil is curcumin, which has been shown to be comparable to the potent drugs hydrocortisone and phenylbutazone, as well as over-the-counter anti-inflammatory agents such as Motrin. Unlike OTC or prescription drugs, which are associated with significant toxic effects, curcumin produces no toxicity. Curcumin has also been proven to be an effective treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Arthritis and other inflammatory diseases.
2. Cancer Prevention
Curcumin has the ability to protect colon cells from free radicals which damage cellular DNA since it possesses powerful antioxidant properties. It inhibits the spread of cancer cells through the body because it destroys the mutated cancerous cells. Moreover, some experts claim that turmeric is one of the most powerful protective agents against radiation-induced tumors.
3. Liver detoxifier/Fat blocker
The turmeric’s active ingredient, curcumin acts as fat blocker, boosting the function of the liver. It produces enzymes that break down the toxins in the body and detoxify the liver.
4. Boosts Immune System
Turmeric contains lipopolysaccharide, a substance which can stimulate the immune system. It has powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties, which boost the immunity system, and protect your body from numerous health issues.
5. Reduces Cholesterol Levels
Curcumin can act as a messaging molecule that communicates with genes in the liver, stimulating the production of mRNA that control the formation of receptors of LDL cholesterol.
With the help of these receptors, livers cells are able to clear out more LDL-cholesterol from the body. In other words, turmeric has potent cholesterol-lowering properties.
Top Five Ways to add Turmeric to Your Diet:
Eggs and turmeric go well together! You can add this spice to your boiled, scrambled, over-easy, omelet, or poached eggs.
Add ½ – 1 teaspoon of turmeric to your favorite smoothie. A good combination to try is a couple handfuls of kale or spinach, 2 cups of almond or coconut milk, 1 cup of frozen pineapple, 1 cup of frozen mango and a bit of fresh ginger.
Make a turmeric tea by boiling water, adding 2 ½ teaspoons of turmeric, some fresh lemon juice and raw honey. Cinnamon, ginger and black pepper are also tasty additions to this tea.
Another way to use turmeric is to add it on broccoli, sweet potatoes, cooked greens and cauliflower.
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You can also use turmeric as a condiment or to add it to salad dressings along with vinegar and extra virgin oil.