It’s hard to believe that a spice we season our food with can really boost the nutritional profile of our diets, but it’s true!
Curcumin is the active compound in turmeric responsible for its strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The compound is special because it blocks inflammatory signals at a molecular level, leading to less free radical damage. Long-term inflammation has been implicated in many of the common diseases we see, such as heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis. To increase the absorption of Curcumin from turmeric into your body, always combine turmeric with black pepper.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegeneretive disease in the world. Seeing as there is no treatment yet, prevention and delay of progression is key. Curcumin can cross the blood-brain barrier and prevent a collection of proteins, which is one of the main causes of Alzheimer’s at a molecular level.
Whether it is applied topically or eaten, turmeric has amazing skin and beauty benefits. Its antiseptic and antibacterial properties make it effective at acne and pimple management. Turmeric can also reduce oil secretion from your skin glands, allowing some control over oily skin. Turmeric is an antioxidant that fends off free radicals that cause premature aging, and it can also help to correct an uneven skin tone.
Even your mental health can benefit from seasoning your food with turmeric. A study recently showed that it was as effective as anti-depressant drugs in reducing the symptoms of depression! This is thought to be because Curcumin can increase brain BNDF levels, which means better signalling of happy hormones in your brain.
How to have turmeric everyday:
- Sprinkle into your morning oatmeal or scrambled eggs.
- Add to salad dressings.
- Use to add extra flavor to your soups, stews, and curries.
- Blend it into your smoothies.
- Season popcorn with turmeric.
- Sip on turmeric tea (1 cup almond milk + ½ tsp turmeric + pinch of ginger + 1 tsp honey).
- Take a curcumin supplement.