The Benefits of Tumeric Powder
Turmeric, a traditional culinary spice, is one the most versatile and scientifically-backed nutritional supplements on the market. People have been reaping the benefits of the unique ginger root for thousands of years, but only recently has it become available for daily consumption in the form of turmeric capsules and turmeric powders. Turmeric is incredibly safe, but as with anything, following the recommended dosage is optimal as adverse effects are possible with over consumption. Here are four evidence-backed health benefits you can expect to receive from turmeric.
- Powerful Anti-Inflammatory
Chronic inflammation is something that the majority of the population suffers from without knowing it. These low, almost unidentifiable levels can wreak considerable damage over time. In fact, most research suggests that long-term inflammation is closely linked, and likely plays some role, in many diseases including cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s.
Fortunately, turmeric’s most active ingredient, curcumin, is known to be an incredibly powerful (and natural) anti-inflammatory substance. Taking daily capsules of turmeric, or consuming it in its powdered form, can have a considerable and significant impact on your long-term wellbeing.
- Increased Antioxidant Capacity
You're likely already aware that antioxidants are necessary and beneficial compounds in a body that improve the immune system and help fight off various bacteria and viruses. However, the body always has limited thresholds for antioxidants that prevent them from always being the most efficient. Once again, turmeric's most active ingredient, curcumin, saves the day. Curcumin itself is a strong antioxidant but adds an additional layer of benefit in that it helps existing antioxidants within the body perform more efficiently.
- Improved Brain Function
Yes, "improved brain function," is the latest and greatest buzzword phrase in the health industry, but turmeric has considerable scientific research to back this claim. Without getting too technical, scientists have long known that a growth hormone in the brain, named brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) plays an incredibly important role in overall cognitive function. Interestingly, turmeric has been consistently shown to increase the production of BDNF in the brain, which can result in a number of benefits including improved memory capacity, better levels of focus, and a decrease in age-related degenerative brain diseases.
- A Natural Arthritis Reliever
Arthritis is an all too common side effect of getting older. The wear and tear we put on our bodies tends to catch up to us in the form rickety, painful joints. Turmeric has been shown to considerably decrease pain levels in those suffering from arthritis, likely due to its well-known anti-inflammatory effects. More research is needed to determine if turmeric can help slow or even prevent the onset of arthritis altogether.