Just as matcha was the flavour fad of 2016, turmeric has become the latest popular health fad around the world. The ancient aromatic golden spice dates back thousands of years and is a popular ingredient in curries and traditional medicine in the Middle East and Asian countries. Turmeric has become a featured ingredient in drinks such as the Golden Milk, teas, cereal bars and more.
Here are some proven health benefits of this remarkable spice obtained by grinding the root of the turmeric plant;
Turmeric has been widely accepted as a potent anti-inflammatory agent around the world. According to research, Curcumin, a key chemical found in the turmeric plant, has been found effective in bringing down inflammation in the body. Inflammation in the body makes it susceptible to a host of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cancer, heart disease, and even obesity. Scientific evidence suggests that turmeric is as effective as some over-the-counter drugs in fighting off chronic inflammation without the side effects!
Encourages Healthy Cholesterol:
Chronic inflammation and high blood sugar create oxidative stress in the body which causes high cholesterol. A regular intake of curcumin through food or in the form of turmeric pills has shown a significant decrease in cholesterol levels by reducing the markers of oxidative stress such as inflammation.
Boosts Stress Tolerance:
Adaptogens have the ability to control the release of stress causing hormones from the adrenal glands. They also modulate other hormones to help you adapt better to emotional and physical stress and make you more resilient.
Curcumin is a known adaptogen being used in herbal medicine for centuries. It helps the body maintain balanced hormonal levels thereby helping your memory, blood sugar, body weight, and emotional health!
Supports Weight Loss and Healthy Metabolism:
The cells in the stomach are very sensitive to the cortisol (stress hormones) and elevated levels of stress can cause fat to accumulate around your waist. The curcumin in turmeric has the ability to modulate the stress hormones in the body that can trigger sudden weight gain. The anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin fight obesity by reducing the growth of additional fat cells.
Turmeric also helps in stabilizing blood glucose levels and boosts the metabolism process in the body. This also reduces the risk of developing diabetes in high-risk people and helps with the complications related to diabetes.
Treat Yourself to a Golden Latte Every Once In a While!
While we don’t recommend overloading on turmeric, it is obvious that it has many health benefits. It has been a part of the ancient Indian system of medicine Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine for years. Incorporating the spice into a well-balanced diet can help you better combat common ailments, pains, aching joints, and weight gain!
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