Did you know that cancer, heart disease, dental problems, asthma, migraines, thyroid problems, and even allergies can be caused by chronic inflammation in the body? If you suffer from these conditions, it’s possible that your problems are inflammation related. Inflammation, especially if it’s chronic, is a serious problem. It’s even been labelled the “secret killer” by some magazines.
Inflammation actually serves a purpose. For instance, when we are injured, our bodies use inflammation as its natural defense mechanism. It’s only when our inflammation levels get out of control that the problems begin.
Inflammation can be caused by stress, trauma, leaky gut syndrome, poor diet and poor sleeping habits, consuming too much refined flour or sugar, and more. Excessive inflammation can often be associated with almost every chronic disease out there, according to some healthcare experts.
The good news is that you can drastically improve these health problems and decrease the pain and inflammation in your body by using a simple, affordable spice that’s used often as a cooking ingredient — turmeric. To put it simply, turmeric works to combat inflammation by lowering the levels of two specific, inflammation-causing enzymes in the body. When inflammation is present, it causes a wide variety of pains and aches, and if left without treatment, it becomes chronic and can begin to affect many different areas of the body.
Turmeric also contains a potent antioxidant — called curcumin — that protects your body from free radicals, which are infamous for the destruction they wreak on our tissue, organs, and cells. Regularly consuming a strong antioxidant like turmeric is vital for helping fight off these little buggers, and in turn preventing yourself from inflammation and disease. In fact, turmeric has been a staple in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat a wide array of health ailments.
If you want to enjoy a multitude of health benefits and naturally fight off the inflammation that’s keeping you from living the life you want, then you’ll want to start including this golden yellow spice in your meals on a regular basis.
Research has shown us that turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory that has the ability to reduce pain and swelling by blocking inflammatory pathways. Aside from this, it also packs antibacterial properties. Research suggests turmeric can be a powerful preventative tool against periodontal diseases. In other research turmeric has shown to lower blood pressure and even have protective effects against certain cancers such as melanoma and non-small cell lung cancer cells.
The vibrant yellow spice is said to be about eight times more potent than Vitamin E and even stronger than Vitamin C, making it an ideal source of antioxidants.
Turmeric’s health benefits are numerous, but to name a few, it can help support your liver health, immune system, and bone and joint health. Turmeric improves digestion and can provide benefits to your skin. It may even help arm you against type II diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcers, Crohn’s disease, cataracts, gallstones, psoriasis, and many more painful health problems.
Turmeric is easy to consume as it can be taken in a capsule form as a daily supplement or simply added to your meals. You can use turmeric to add a blast of flavor to simple everyday dishes. It’s often used for its peppery spice in curry and other dishes like chili, broths, stews, and soups. Turmeric can also be enjoyed along with eggs and rice dishes and it goes great with tofu as well. If you’re more of a smoothie or tea kind of person, you may want to try adding a pinch of turmeric to a ginger tea or a green smoothie. Another way to get your daily dose of turmeric is by sprinkling some onto your salads.
Keep in mind that it is believed that heat may destroy the potency of turmeric’s active ingredients and potent antioxidant properties. So be careful not to cook it, but instead simply sprinkle and mix the rich, yellow goodness into your dishes after they’ve been cooked.
Secondly, you’ll want to be sure you’re using organic turmeric to avoid harmful pesticides often found in non-organic herbs and spices.
To receive turmeric’s full benefits, the typical recommendation is to use organic turmeric extract with at least 95% curcuminoids. This is usually mentioned on the product label.
To ensure proper absorption of the turmeric and all its benefits, measure out a teaspoon of turmeric and a teaspoon of coconut oil along with one to two egg yolks and blended together. You can then eat the mixture straight or mix it into any dish you like. Black pepper improves turmeric’s bioavailability and can also be taken along side turmeric to help increase its absorption.
Give your stiff, achy, inflamed body a break this fall by incorporating turmeric into your diet to start reaping the benefits before the often stressful Holidays arrive.
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*Blocks inflammation pathways
*eight times stronger than vit E source.
* Immune system, joint, bone health source
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