Reduces Inflammation In The Body
The most-researched beneficial substance in turmeric root is curcumin. It can impact inflammatory pathways in the body, giving turmeric its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Research has shown turmeric supplements reducing inflammation caused by inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and rheumatoid arthritis, while reducing abdominal pain in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) sufferers. We can all benefit from turmeric as it also counterbalances inflammation coming from western-style diets.
Protects Against Daily Aggressors
Turmeric is a source of potent antioxidants, which work to protect our cells and counteract the free radical damage incurred daily by our bodies. Cellular damage may occur due to environmental toxins, smoking and pollution. Turmeric has been found to relieve coughs and irritation in the lungs caused by air pollution.
Boosts Bone Health
Turmeric is also a source of minerals including manganese, phosphorous and potassium, which play a key role in bone, muscle and heart health. Adding turmeric to your diet regularly can increase your intake of these minerals that are essential for daily bodily functions.
Helps To Alleviate Pain
Turmeric can elicit effects upon certain pain receptors within the body, with research showing effectiveness for abdominal pain, chest pain and menstrual cramps. For the latter, research showed a turmeric extract taken daily for seven days prior to a period made a significant impact on improving pain, mood and behaviour in women with PMS. Turmeric can also reduce swelling and fatigue.
Improves Blood Flow
Turmeric has been shown to improve blood flow to the heart and reduce risk of plaque build-up in the arteries, thereby reducing the risk of developing atherosclerosis – a major cause of cardiovascular diseases worldwide. The only caution with turmeric is: at higher doses, it can have a blood-thinning effect, so make sure you consult your GP or pharmacist if you’re taking other blood-thinning medications or agents.
Encourages A Lifted Mood
There is some evidence to show turmeric can have an antidepressant effect, so it could be a worthwhile compound to incorporate into the diet alongside medication and other behavioural therapies.
Rids Unwanted Bacteria
While more research needs to be done, some studies have shown turmeric may suppress the growth of bacteria. It’s known for being a great antiseptic for healing wounds and cuts, but can also keep internal systems clean. Adding it to your diet daily is a great, easy way to bolster your immunity.
KEEN TO TRY TUMERIC?
The easiest ways to include it in your the diet is by sprinkling some into savoury dishes such as curries, soups, salads, rice dishes and sauces/marinades. You can add freshly grated or ground turmeric into the saucepan along with onions, garlic and olive oil as the base to soups and curries, cook for a few minutes, then add in your vegetables and stock of choice.
Or you can get your turmeric fix in the form of a warming turmeric latte. Mix together your milk of choice, 1-2 tsp of ground turmeric, some cinnamon for added flavour and a sprinkle of black pepper, to increase the absorption. Heat this in a saucepan and use an electric hand whisk to froth up the milk.
There are also some great snacking options that include turmeric, such as Boundless activated nuts & seeds, Turmeric & Smoked Paprika flavour.