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3 Incredible Reasons to Include This Powerful Herb In Your Diet

One of the most powerful herbs in the natural world is also one of the most popular.

Turmeric root has been shown over and over again to be one of the world’s best anti-inflammatories agents because of several distinct compounds contained within.

The root, which is a bright orange, is used in many traditional foods in both the middle and far east.

The golden/orange hue actually denotes its powerful health properties, and for anyone who’s heard turmeric is a wonderful health food, you’re about to discover why it’s so unique;

1. Helps Battle Inflammation: Inflammation is the body’s natural response to stimuli. It’s what helps fight foreign invaders like bacteria and pathogens, and what works to help repair damage in the body.

A little inflammation is good. Chronic inflammation is bad and likely contributes to many of the disease of civilization.

Enter turmeric and its ability to fight inflammation.

As Authority nutrition writes:

It is now believed that chronic, low-level inflammation plays a major role in almost every chronic, Western disease. This includes heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s and various degenerative conditions

Therefore, anything that can help fight chronic inflammation is of potential importance in preventing and even treating these diseases.

It turns out that curcumin is strongly anti-inflammatory, it is so powerful that it matches the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs

Curcumin actually targets multiple steps in the inflammatory pathway, at the molecular level.

Curcumin blocks NF-kB, a molecule that travels into the nuclei of cells and turns on genes related to inflammation. NF-kB is believed to play a major role in many chronic diseases

Without getting into the gory details (inflammation is extremely complicated), the key takeaway here is that curcumin is a bioactive substance that fights inflammation at the molecular level.

In several studies, its potency has compared favorably to anti-inflammatory pharmaceutical drugs… except without the side effects.

Now how’s that for a reason to include turmeric in your diet.

2. Turmeric Works to Boost Antioxidant Powers: 

We know oxidization in the body can contribute to many of the diseases we see in the modern world.

This is because oxidization produces free-radicals, and these free-radicals can do untold harm on the body’s sensitive cells.

Curcumin in turmeric actually acts as a powerful antioxidant. Curcumin helps to neutralize the affects of free radicals in the body. Its chemical structure has been shown to help fight free-radicals and even works to help the boost the body’s antioxidant enzymes, which provides a huge lift in health.

Curcumin’s ability to boost the body’s antioxidant activity as well as its ability to block free-radicals makes it one of the most powerful plants on the planet.

3. It Might Help Fight Depression:

One of the other ways curcumin works is to help balance sensitive chemicals in the brain.

In one study of 60 patients it was found those who took curcumin were able to see a reduction in their levels of depression.

The study followed those who took only prozac, only curcumin, and a combination of the two.

Those who took the combination saw the greatest improvements in their symptoms, but those who took curcumin fared better than those only on Prozac.

This small study was able to show curcumin might be a satisfactory anti-depressant.

As Authority Nutrition writes, “Depression is also linked to reduced levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and a shrinking hippocampus, a brain area with a role in learning and memory.

Curcumin boosts BNDF levels, potentially reversing some of these changes.

There is also some evidence that curcumin can boost the brain neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine.”

These are just a few of the benefits of taking turmeric, and there are many, many more reasons to consider adding it into your diet as soon as possible.

 

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