Turmeric is the main spice in curry (it’s what gives it its yellow color). It has been used for thousands of years in India as a spice, medicinal herb, and for the preservation of food. This plant is also arguably one of the most powerful herbs in reversing diseases.
Turmeric contains compounds called curcuminoids, the most active and important being curcumin. This active agent in turmeric has been used in Ayurveda, the traditional Indian herbal medicine, for thousands of years.
There are 5000+ studies referencing curcumin, this puts turmeric on top of the list as one of the most frequently mentioned medicinal herbs in all of science. Why? Check out its powerful benefits:
It is believed that chronic, low-level inflammation plays a major role in most diseases. For example, inflammation is caused by diseases such as cancer, arthritis, high cholesterol and chronic pain.
According to various studies, curcumin has the ability to control inflammation.
In fact, the journal Oncogene published the results of a study evaluating different anti-inflammatory compounds. What they found was that curcumin is among the most effective in treating inflammation, while aspirin and ibuprofen are the least effective.
Turmeric has also been shown to be able to reduce the risk of heart attack, and even potentially treat heart disease.
Adding turmeric to your diet can help lower blood sugar and reverse insulin resistance.
A study published in Biochemistry and Biophysical Research Communications revealed that curcumin in turmeric is 400 times more potent than Metformin (a drug commonly used to treat diabetes).
Curcumin was shown to be better at activating AMPK, improving insulin sensitivity, which can help reverse Type 2 Diabetes.
A study also found that supplementing with curcumin can delay diabetic neuropathy and retinopathy. This is because of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes the body’s defense system to attack itself. When it flares, the tissues around the joints become inflamed. This results in swelling, pain, joint destruction, and disability.
Because of its powerful anti-inflammatory and pain reducing characteristics, curcumin has been linked to improving rheumatoid arthritis.
In a study conducted on 45 rheumatoid arthritis patients to compare the benefits of turmeric versus diclofenac sodium (drugs used to treat arthritis), those who had the curcumin treatment alone had very impressive results. They showed the highest percentage of improvement in their symptoms, in fact, significantly better than those who took diclofenac alone.
Steroids are a class of drugs that are commonly used to treat immunological, inflammatory and allergic diseases. Corticosteroids have been used to treat conditions such as psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and chronic pain.
Curcumin reduces inflammation and is linked to regulating the functioning of the immune system.
A study in 1999 revealed that curcumin has the ability to cure chronic inflammation of the eye. This condition was treated typically with steroids, but today it’s common for medical doctors who practice functional medicine to prescribe curcumin instead.
Heart disease is a big problem in the United States. One of the reasons is because people are developing pre-diabetes at an alarming rate as a result of this.
A common complication due to diabetes is oxidative stress, which damages the inside of blood vessels. The damage to these arteries causes cholesterol to build up in order to patch up the damaged vessels, leading to high levels of LDL cholesterol.
Curcumin has been proven to be equally, or more effective, than diabetes medications at reducing oxidative stress and inflammation in the treatment of high cholesterol.
With benefits like these, adding turmeric to your diet is definitely something one should consider. Have you used turmeric before? Let us know what your experience was like in the comments below!
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