Unfamiliar with the benefits of turmeric or wondering why you should start your day with a cup of warm turmeric water? Because turmeric is the Anti-Aging, Anti-Oxidant, Anti-Inflammatory super spice.
The key to turmeric’s healing properties is the chemical compound curcumin. Nearly 7,000 peer-reviewed scientific articles are published proving its effectiveness.
1. Fights inflammation naturally
Chronic inflammation is found to be a contributor to many common Western diseases. It turns out that curcumin is very anti-inflammatory. It is so incredibly powerful that it matches and even succeeds the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs.
2. Protects your brain
Cognitive disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s are often linked to decreased levels of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), which is a type of growth hormone. Researchers have discovered that curcumin positively influences the levels of BDNF and may help reverse certain brain diseases or age-related decline of our brain functions.
3. Anti-Cancer Properties
Curcumin, a component of turmeric, is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants are substances that help protect your body from unstable molecules that can damage cells.These benefits are only the tip of the iceberg of what turmeric can do for you.
4. Improves digestion
Research studies have shown that eating turmeric on a daily basis helps in releasing of bile which is believed to help in digestion of food.
5. Protect your heart
Curcumin has shown to prevent blood clotting, and remove plaque build-ups in the arteries. In a study published in the journal Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin in 2011, researchers from Niigata University of Pharmacy and Applied Life Sciences in Japan found that three weeks of supplementation with the turmeric compound curcumin significantly improved cardiac health in male rats who had been given an injection to induce an autoimmune disease of the heart.
6. Soothes symptoms of Arthritis
A small 2012 study of RA patients showed that a curcumin product worked better on joint pain and swelling than a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) called diclofenac.
7. Delays aging and improves longevity
Curcumin belongs to this group and it is one of the most potent therapeutic agents belonging to turmeric. Free radicals and inflammation are believed to play a major role in aging and curcumin affects both.
8. Helps Reverse Type 2 Diabetes.
In 2009, Biochemistry and Biophysical Research Communications published a study out of Auburn University that explored how supplementing with turmeric can help reverse diabetes.
9. Protects Your Liver
Turmeric, one of the most powerful foods for maintaining a healthy liver, has been shown to actively protect the liver against toxic damage, and even regenerate damaged liver cells. Turmeric also boosts the natural production of bile, shrinks engorged hepatic ducts, and improves overall function of the gallbladder, another body-purifying organ.
10. Helps Alkalize Your Body
Turmeric is a High Alkaline Herb. As you know, cancer thrives in an acidic environment, and doesn’t survive in an normal, more alkaline environment.
How to Make Turmeric Water
Once the water’s warm, add turmeric and stir well. Turmeric will settle to the bottom of cup, so continue to stir the water as you drink, so you get all the benefits of the turmeric. Make sure to drink while the water while it is still warm.