If you’re a curry fan, you’ve probably heard of turmeric. It’s a common spice in Indian cuisine and has long been touted as one of the healthiest ways to add flavour to a home cooked meal. But did you know that turmeric also has a huge number of health benefits?
The active component of turmeric is curcumin. It’s a polyphenol that’s got both strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant abilities that can help with all kinds of ailments.
Here are some of the benefits turmeric can have on your health:
It can help with joint pain
Curcumin is a very strong anti-inflammatory agent. One study found that “Turmerin extract samples worked just as well as ibuprofen” in patients with knee osteoarthritis. Plus turmeric is a natural spice, so it won’t destroy your intestinal gut flora like so many synthetic anti-inflammatory drugs do.
It helps with heartburn and upset stomachs
Supplementing with turmeric, especially when mixed with honey, can really help your digestion. In fact, while many medicines slowly chip away at the beneficial flora in your gut, turmeric actually increases it’s activity!
It can even help fight and prevent the flu!
Curcumin isn’t just an anti-inflammatory; it also has strong antiviral properties that can seriously help with both, treating and preventing the flu. According to a study published in a 2009 edition of “Emerging Infectious Diseases,” curcumin can reduce viral replication by over 90 percent in laboratory cells infected with all sorts of different influenza strains. Think about the implications this could have on humans!
The study found that curcumin didn’t only decrease viral replication in infected cells; it also protected other cells from becoming infected. So unlike cough syrups and other medications, curcumin doesn’t just treat the symptoms of your flu, it actually helps reverse them. Plus curcumin is completely natural, unlike the many cold medicines that have more ingredients and side effects than they do benefits.
It may help against heart attacks
Another feather in curcumin’s hat is that it may have the ability to prevent heart attacks among bypass patients. A 2012 study followed 121 patients who had bypass surgery between 2009 and 2011. Half of the patients took curcumin capsules three days before the surgery and then a subsequent 5 days after the surgery, the other half took placebo pills. After their operations, 30% of the placebo patients had a heart attack compared to only 13% in the curcumin group. It’s thought that the strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of the curcumin may help reduce by-pass patients’ chances of a heart attack by as much as 65%.
It may even fight cancer
Scientists have only recently started studying the effects of curcumin on humans with cancer, but there have been some exciting results with animals. It’s been found that in animals, curcumin “interferes with several important molecular pathways involved in cancer development, growth and spread,” according to the American Cancer Society. Sounds like some promising research is in the works!
So, are you convinced? You need turmeric in your life. You can buy tumerin capsules at many health food stores. Just be careful that what you’re buying is pure and doesn’t have other filler medications in it that you don’t need.
A great option is to buy pure powdered turmeric. You can toss it into curries and stir-fries to reap the every day benefits of this wonder spice. If you feel a cold or flu coming on, mix it with raw honey for an extra strong anti-inflammatory wonder drink.
Here are some simple instructions to make your very own miracle nectar:
- 100 grams of raw organic honey
- 1 tablespoon of turmeric
- 2 tablespoons of natural organic apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon of finely grated organic lemon rind
- A pinch of black pepper
- 1 Tbsp organic coconut oil
Add 1 rounded tablespoon of turmeric, apple cider vinegar, fresh ground black pepper, coconut oil and lemon rind in 100 grams of raw honey. Mix it thoroughly and put it in a jar.
At first sign of a cold, start using this mixture right away. Take 1 tablespoon per hour for the first day then one every 2 hours the second day and on the third day take it once every 3 hours. Then as needed.
NOTE: Turmeric can lower blood pressure and sugar levels, so if you have diabetes or low blood pressure, talk to a doctor before using this mix. People with bile disease should also stay away from turmeric, because it can cause muscle contractions in the gall bladder.