Turmeric has been used for centuries as a flavoring and in folk medicine, but it’s one of the few superfoods that actually has the science to back up some of its long-touted healing properties.
One of the main ingredients in turmeric, which is a root native to southwest India and part of the ginger family, is curcumin. Curcumin has extremely powerful antioxidant and molecular anti-inflammatory properties — so powerful that western medicine has started to take notice.
One way that turmeric can be useful is in easing joint pain, muscle fatigue and even arthritis. A study published in 2009 found that turmeric capsules proved just as powerful as Ibuprofen for people suffering from knee osteoarthritis.
Another study done in 2012 found that curcumin extract helped delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes, which is a huge deal when you consider how prevalent that disease is in the U.S.
Turmeric has also shown itself to be an amazing cancer fighter. The American Cancer Society says curcumin “interferes with several important molecular pathways involved in cancer development, growth and spread.” It’s also been scientifically proven to boost the effects of chemotherapy in animals, as well as suppress certain cancerous tumors.
If all of this wasn’t enough to convince you to add some turmeric to your daily supplements (or at least cook with it a lot more), it’s now being studied as a possible treatment for Alzheimer’s. Because one of the main pathogenesis (how the disease develops) of Alzheimer’s is chronically inflamed nerve cells, curcumin is proving effective in easing the symptoms, and is showing itself to be “a promising treatment” for the disease.
While there are a lot of turmeric and even curcumin supplements out there, there are a few other ways to enjoy this healing spice.
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