My fiancé has a family history of Alzheimer’s, so naturally I have been researching diets and ways to help reduce a person’s risk for degenerative diseases. I’ve been around his grandma and great-uncle, and I have seen the devastation that this disease causes. This fueled my need to research even more. Around this time is when I came across Turmeric, and now I put some into basically every dinner I make.
Turmeric is one of those natural spices that has been used for over 4,000 years to treat many conditions. The reason this is, is because turmeric has curcumin in it. There are two main reasons why curcumin is loved. The first is that it is a strong antioxidant, and the other is that it has anti-inflammatory properties.
Inflammation can lead to many health issues like heart disease, cancers, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, and other degenerative conditions. With these issues, inflammation is key, and this is why turmeric can help lower your risk.
Antioxidants seek out the molecules in our bodies that tend to damage cell membranes, screw with DNA, and many other things. Antioxidants fight these “free radicals”, and reduce/prevent some damage they cause.
Sometimes it can be hard for your body to absorb the curcumin into your blood stream. If piperine is consumed it helps absorption by 2000%. So when cooking with turmeric I like to add black pepper, which contains piperine. This will help ensure that you get the added benefits of the turmeric.
Now, I’m not claiming that turmeric can cure cancer or end Alzheimer’s. I definitely am not claiming that you can eat whatever you want, but as long as you eat some turmeric along the way nothing bad will happen. Everything is about moderation and a balanced diet. Turmeric is a great resource to utilize to help decrease your risk of many diseases, but exercise and eating healthy is still the best prevention method.
However, I am all for utilizing all the resources that you can to keep a healthy mind and body.
As with many spices, there is a point of overconsumption with turmeric. With powdered turmeric, for adults, they can consume about 400-600mg three times a day.
Certain prescription drugs, i.e. ones for: seizures, high blood pressure, angina, and bipolar disorder, can interact with the curcumin. If the said prescriptions are taken, consult with a doctor if you are considering turmeric supplements, or consuming vast amounts.
For more information about turmeric, it’s health benefits and uses check out these article:
Turmeric and its 20 Amazing Health Benefits
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