If you’ve only been using Turmeric as a spice then you’re only using a fraction of its potential. Turmeric has astounding health benefits that we humans have been tapping into for thousands of years. In fact, we’ve compiled a few of the absolute most powerful benefits turmeric has to offer us all.
Just ask practitioners of Ayurveda, a traditional Indian school of medicine that’s used turmeric as a staple for a lot of natural remedies and herbs. Many thousands of years ago when the medicinal properties of turmeric were discovered the herb became sacred. This was also due to its bright yellow hue resembling the sun which at the time was worshipped widely as a deity. Turmeric was also thought to have spiritual healing properties and was highly sought after because of this. These days the spiritual benefits of turmeric aren’t as widely considered but its time-proven medicinal applications are still around. We offer our organic turmeric with a black pepper infusion. Black pepper helps the body absorb turmeric benefits a lot better.
What are the benefits of Turmeric?
Its main benefits include better skin and bone health, increased cognitive function, and heart health. We go in-depth into each benefit below.
Turmeric is most famously an anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and antioxidant. Antioxidants keep your skin clear, fresh and glowing. It can also be used to directly treat skin conditions like Psoriasis, Eczema, and Acne. The active ingredient in Turmeric actually helps your body block the cellular pathways responsible for these conditions. Turmeric can be used to prevent the onset of quite a few skin ailments but it can also be used to treat the ailments too! Now you have a natural solution to a natural problem.
2. Bone Health
Turmeric improves bone density by up to 7% according to some studies over the course of 6 months. How? Your body has a two-step process for bone health. Step one involves removing older, weaker bone cells to make room for new ones. But over time our body stops replacing the older bone cells. Eventually the bones thin, weaken, and become prone to breakage. Turmeric regulates the body so and improves this function.
This is an easy way to get healthy denser bones which is perfect for those of us who can’t consume dairy.
3. Brain Health
Turmeric has the proven ability to increase a hormone in your brain named BDNF. BDNF regulates your neurons. When healthy, neurons create pathways in our brain that open the flow of thought, logic, and memory. Basically everything the brain does starts with neurons. Now should those exciting pathways began to break down or worse not connect, to begin with; then you’ll find a diminished mental capacity. Turmeric increases the amount of BDNF in the brain to help strengthen those pathways and improve overall brain elasticity. (Don’t worry elasticity, in this case, is a great thing) What this means for you is that you’ll obtain a better memory, mood, and mental functions.
4. Heart Health
Your body is full of complex systems all working together in unison to keep you moving. Your heart is a prime example of that. The inside of your heart is lined with a thin layer called the endothelial membrane. This membrane produces nitric oxide, a compound that helps blood flow away from your heart. Without this function, you run the risk of clogged arteries, poor circulation, and increase the risk of heart attack and heart failure. Turmeric has the powerful ability to improve the endothelial function thanks to its anti-inflammatory nature.
5. Cellular Health
So dig this heavy bit of science fact. At the end of your biological cells are telomeres. As we age our cells divide and telomeres become shorter and shorter. This is natural. But sometimes our cells divide a lot more than they should. This act creates free radicals which is a precursor to cancer. Turmeric assists the body in regulating cell division and as such actually prohibits the formation of those free radicals. Turmeric also has the ability to help the body absorb cancer treatments like chemotherapy a lot more efficiently.
There are many more benefits to turmeric that haven’t been extensively studied but that are still proven as effective. Plus it has no negative long term effects when taken properly. So if you’re curious about non-pharmaceutical medicines or just a natural way to better your body and mind then definitely give turmeric supplements a try.