Turmeric has been used in ancient medicine for over 4,000 years, going back to when residues of turmeric were found in ancient pots in New Delhi, India. Turmeric is still in use in Ayurvedic medicine today, an ancient medical system that originated in India. It’s medicinal properties and components have been the subject of thousands of peer-reviewed and published studies.
Reduces Risk of Cancer: Curcumin’s anti-cancer properties may inhibit the growth of tumors and reduce the spread of cancer.
The curcumin in turmeric may be able to slow the development and growth of cancer in the body. Research indicates that turmeric has the ability to actually kill tumour cells and inhibit tumor growth. This may prevent cancerous cells from growing in the body.
Tumeric has been shown to enhance chemotherapy treatments for colon cancer. Another 2017 study found that curcumin enhanced tumour sensitivity to chemotherapy ) in pancreatic cancer, indicating that it is useful in combating chemo-resistance.
Soothes Digestion: Reduces symptoms of bloating related to occasional indigestion.
Turmeric has been used for centuries in Indian medicine to improve digestion and heal gut inflammation – likely due to its nature as an anti-inflammatory. Also, the curcumin in turmeric stimulates the gallbladder helping your body produce bile to break down food and improve digestion.
Turmeric Improves Mood: Curcumin helps to reduces symptoms of mild mood changes.
As the curcumin in turmeric boosts the brain-builder protein BDNF, it may help prevent depression. Curcumin can also give a boost to serotonin and dopamine – two “happy” chemicals in the brain. It shows promise for helping people who already have depression too.
Turmeric Promotes Radiant Skin: By providing proper nourishment, it helps your body produce more radiant and healthy-looking skin.
Turmeric is an anti-ageing powerhouse. Given that it’s an antioxidant – it can fight oxidative damage and boost the overall look of the skin. It’s anti-inflammatory properties help fight the appearance of ageing skin as well. A scientific review of studies in 2016 found that turmeric has the ability to improve numerous skin conditions when it’s either ingested or applied directly on the skin.
Turmeric Supports Brain Health: Helps maintain healthy cognitive function and working memory.
Tumeric has the amazing ability to boost a protein in the brain called BDNF. This important protein – brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) – is responsible for helping the brain grow. It’s been shown to increase neurons and form new connections in the brain – two things we really need as we get older. BDNF builds up the “roadway” in your brain so that neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine can travel more easily where they need to go. Which is why high BDNF levels are linked to better memory and mood… And, when BDNF levels are low, the risk of Alzheimer’s and depression goes up.
Turmeric Optimizes Vitality: Its powerful antioxidant properties fight excess free radicals in the body that can damage cells and diminish health.
Antioxidants zap free radicals in the body that can lead to cancer, neurodegenerative disease and other disorders. With all of the processed “dead” foods that creep their way into our diets… we can all use more of antioxidants in our life! The curcumin in turmeric is a powerful antioxidant. Even better, curcumin is special in that it’s been shown to boost the antioxidant enzymes in your body!
Turmeric Supports Healthy Metabolism: Aids in maintaining normal blood sugar levels.
Turmeric has been used to treat diabetes in Indian and Traditional Chinese Medicine for years. A 2013 review of scientific studies found that curcumin stabilizes glucose levels in the blood and also helped with complications related to diabetes.
Turmeric Supports Weight Loss: Curcumin can positively influence weight management in overweight people.
Elevated stress can cause sudden weight gain. When stress hormones (cortisol) get out of whack, fat accumulates near the stomach because the cells in the stomach are more sensitive to
The anti-inflammatory properties in curcumin are able to fight obesity too. One study actually found that taking curcumin can reduce the growth of fat cells!
Turmeric Encourages Healthy Cholesterol Levels.
High cholesterol is known to be caused by oxidative stress, brought on to the body by chronic inflammation and high blood sugar. So, again, reducing inflammation in the body supports healthy cholesterol levels.
Turmeric Promotes Heart Health: The properties support the overall health of the cardiovascular system.
There are several lifestyle factors and conditions in the body that can lead the heart disease – which is the #1 cause of death in the world. As discussed earlier, chronic inflammation plays a major role in heart disease, so taking turmeric as an anti-inflammatory can help prevent heart disease and heart attacks.
One of the most interesting benefits of curcumin is how it can improve the lining of blood vessels (known as the endothelium). When the endothelium isn’t working properly, it can’t properly regulate blood pressure and clotting, which can lead to heart disease.
We’ve all heard that exercise is good for the heart, right? One study showed that taking curcumin is as effective as an aerobic exercise at improving vascular endothelial function.