You are probably familiar with the fact that turmeric is widely used to flavor South Asian dishes. You may also know that its numerous health-boosting properties make it an ideal natural supplement for the treatment of common health problems. But you probably don’t know that when consumed on a daily basis, this amazing spice can also improve your brain and liver health.
- Turmeric For Brain Health
The ability of turmeric to improve brain function was relatively unknown until recently, when it was discovered that curcumin, the active ingredient found in turmeric, can be very helpful in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers have found that curcumin can inhibit the buildup of one of the primary causes for Alzheimer’s, beta-amyloid plaques, by a whopping 40%.
In addition to this, it was also discovered that curcumin’s powerful anti-inflammatory properties can play a major role in Alzheimer’s treatment as well, as it reduces damage caused by inflammation and oxidizing agents.
Also, there are some studies which suggest that turmeric can be used for the treatment of depression.
- Liver Function And Cancer Prevention
Despite the fact that turmeric has been used for the treatment of liver diseases for centuries, legitimate scientific research into its effects has been conducted only in the last few decades.
According to researchers, the powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects of turmeric are the reasons why this spice is so beneficial for liver health. They have found that turmeric can effectively reduce liver damage caused by ethanol (the type of alcohol that you drink), high toxicity levels, liver disease (like cholestasis), cirrhosis (scarring of the liver), and iron overdose.
Moreover, it has also been found that curcumin can reduce the risk of liver cancer. It does this by reducing the effects that human carcinogens (like thioacetamide) have on the liver.
- How To Get The Most Turmeric’s Health Benefits – Quick Recipes
You will need:
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
- 1-2 cups of water
- Boil the water, then add turmeric and let it boil for another 10 minutes.
- Let the mixture cool for few minutes before drinking it.
Turmeric & Oil/Fat
You will need:
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 2 cups coconut milk
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 pinch black pepper
- Heat the ingredients in a saucepan, making sure the mixture doesn’t reach a boiling point. Drink it while it’s still warm.
Note: Feel free to add this recipe to your soup, curry, or any recipe of your choosing.