Growing globally in a few short years, turmeric has become widely popular for its tremendous health benefits.
Commonly used in Indian and Asian cuisine, it’s reputation worldwide as a top superfood is solidified.
It’s all thanks to the curcumin—a naturally occurring chemical within turmeric — that’s said to offer pain relief, reduce inflammation, fight heart disease and remedy chronic health conditions.
Here are a few specific ways turmeric can contribute to a healthy body:
The Arthritis Foundation supports the use of curcumin to fight joint inflammation and for pain relief and swelling in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Inflammation is tempered due to curcumin’s affects on the immune system, preventing inflammation from even occurring in the first case.
Cold water fish like salmon is also known for their inflammatory properties; turmeric is an excellent spice for seafood, so you can get a double superfood dosage with a dish starring those two ingredients.
The National Center for Biotechnology Information reviewed a study suggesting curcumin harboring significant antibacterial properties. Not just a combatant to bacterial infections, curcumin also provided patients within the study with relief from inflammation caused by infections.
A Boost to Heart Health
The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center at Penn State University says turmeric could potentially reduce the risks of coronary artery disease. Studies show the spice stop platelets from amalgamating, thus preventing them from building up along arterial walls.
There have also been studies showing turmeric preventing plaque buildup, which left untreated can lead to heart attack or stroke.
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