Have you tried Turmeric?
Lately, there has been a lot of talk about Turmeric. It is being added into all kinds of recipes and is touted to provide many health benefits. It has even been used medically to help cure certain ailments.
Turmeric really is a superfood, and the main reason: it is anti-inflammatory. Living with chronic or daily inflammation can bring about chronic disease, inflammatory symptoms (skin rashes, arthritis, IBS, asthma attacks, obesity), and early aging. This is one of the reasons why many rave about Turmeric’s effect on the skin, with it reducing eczema and psoriasis. If you are struggling with chronic inflammation, click here to read about ways to reduce.
Why is Turmeric so effective?
Turmeric contains Curcumin, which is a protective compound that reduces inflammation. Curcumin outperforms certain anti-inflammatory medications, making it a much healthier alternative when you need an anti-inflammatory. Curcumin is an antioxidant, which helps fight damage from free radicals and oxidative stress. Our bodies have free radicals within it that damage cells, but we have been equipped with the ability to counter these effects.
For some, they have a harder time eliminating these free radicals at the right pace, and adding an antioxidant such as Curcumin, can help with this free radical elimination and reduce oxidative stress. Due to these anti-aging and antioxidant effects, Turmeric is very beneficial at repairing signs of aging and preventing aging. And this age prevention is not limited to skin health, but also cognitive health such as helping fight depression. Moving on to cardiovascular health, Curcumin helps protect the heart and improves the function of the cells lining our blood vessels.
Where to get Turmeric: Food Sources
You can find Turmeric at your local grocery store. It can be found fresh in the produce section or found within the seasonings. Keep in mind, Turmeric absorbs best with black pepper. This is because black pepper contains Piperine, and Turmeric needs this to be absorbed into the blood stream. It is also important to know that Curcumin is fat-soluble, this means it should be taken with fatty foods to be absorbed properly.
Food Ideas for Turmeric
- Mix Turmeric into a Vinaigrette containing olive oil.
- Sprinkle turmeric onto an avocado.
- Add it into your morning smoothie.
- Add it into your eggs.
Remember, there is always a limit, and you do not want to overdo it on the Turmeric. Always speak with a doctor before starting new supplementation. Turmeric is a superfood with many amazing benefits, but as with all things, you must use it the right way.
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