Turmeric is a powerfully yellow spice that will stain your cupboards, clothes, and skin, although its distinctively warm and bitter flavor is well worth the extra scrubbing. Used heavily in South Asian and Middle Eastern cooking, turmeric has also been used medicinally in Asia--particularly in India--for thousands of years.
As it turns out, this is for good reason. Turmeric, which comes from the root of the turmeric plant, contains a substance known as curcumin, which has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Here are 5 research-proven ways in which curcumin benefits your health.
Chronic, low-level inflammation is a culprit in nearly every chronic disease in the West, including cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer's disease. Curcumin is such a powerful anti-inflammatory that, according to a study published in the journal Oncogene, its effectiveness is on par with some anti-inflammatory drugs, including aspirin and ibuprofen, but it has none of the side effects. Curcumin, according to the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, fights inflammation at the molecular level.
Curcumin not only provides powerful antioxidant effects on your damaged cells all by itself, but it also promotes a higher level of activity in your body's own antioxidant enzymes. This means that you're getting a powerful one-two antioxidant punch with curcumin.
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor, or BDNF, is a type of growth hormone found in the brain. Low levels of BDNF have been linked to depression, Alzheimer's disease, and other common brain disorders. According to an article published in the journal Brain Research, curcumin increases brain levels of BDNF, and research shows curcumin may also improve memory.
The Number One killer in the world, heart disease is a complicated condition with numerous risk factors and causes. Research published in the International Journal of Cardiology shows that curcumin improves the function of the endothelium, or the lining of the blood vessels in the body, which assists with regulating blood pressure and blood clotting. Optimal endothelial function helps reduce the risk of heart disease, and according to two studies, curcumin improves endothelial function as well as both exercise and the drug Atorvastatin.
A study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research divided participants with depression into three groups. The first group was treated with Prozac, the second with curcumin, and the third with both Prozac and curcumin. After six weeks, the individual curcumin and Prozac groups showed significant improvement in their depressive symptoms, but the curcumin combined with Prozac group had the most improvement.
You'd have to eat an awful lot of turmeric to get beneficial, therapeutic amounts of curcumin, which accounts for just three percent of turmeric. And you'd have to consume a lot of pepper with that, since pepper improves the absorption of curcumin into the bloodstream.
Prostavol's Turmeric Curcumin supplement is a turmeric and curcumin complex with a therapeutic dose of 1,300 milligrams containing 95 percent curcuminoids. Plus, it also contains BioPerine, a Piperine extract, that promotes optimal absorption.
Curcumin is a powerful substance, and a daily dose can contribute to better overall physical and mental health, plus huge benefits in disease prevention for your many years to come.
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