Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow colour but it also has many other benefits. It this blog we explore some of them.
Why are anti-inflammatory foods so vital?
Firstly, inflammation is incredibly important. It helps the body fight foreign invaders and also has a role in repairing damage. Without inflammation, pathogens like bacteria could easily take over our bodies and kill us. Although acute (short-term) inflammation is beneficial, it can become a major problem when it is chronic (long-term) and inappropriately deployed against the body’s own tissues. It is now believed that chronic, low-level inflammation plays a major role in almost every chronic, Western disease. This includes heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s and various degenerative conditions.
What is in turmeric to make it so good for us?
Curcuminoids; this is a natural anti-inflammatory compound and helps to create lots of antioxidants in our body.
Curcuminoid compounds found in turmeric can contribute to improved memory and brain function and help to reduce abnormal proteins called beta-amyloid and tau, both of which have been tied to Alzheimer’s disease.
Turmeric — an Asian spice that gives curry its signature colour and also considered a “superfood.” Some of the health benefits include reducing the risk of prostate cancer and heart disease, fighting bacteria and viruses, and even relieving pain.
How do I take Tumeric?
Tumeric is a plant, and the roots are what is used for us to consume. Traditionally and commonly, it is turned into a powdered form and used as a spice for cooking. But, you could use your imagination and add the powder into smoothies, shakes or anything you can palate really.
Nowadays, you can purchase turmeric in a supplement form as a tablet or paste. You can even buy a turmeric latte.
Tip: Add black pepper with your turmeric
Another way to boost the absorption of the curcuminoids in turmeric is to add black pepper. The black pepper will help your turmeric make it to your gut for maximum benefits.
How much Turmeric should I take?
If you have purchased any kind of supplement, always check the recommendation on the label but if you want the anti-inflammatory effects you need to get 500 milligrams to 1,000 milligrams of curcuminoids per day.
When using the powdered spice on its own, the general rule of thumb is that there are around 200 milligrams of curcumin in one teaspoon of fresh or ground turmeric. Therefore, you would be adding at least 3 teaspoons of this precious spice to your smoothie with a dash of black pepper to help with absorption.
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