Turmeric is among the most beneficial nutritional supplements available and known to be one of the most powerful spices in the world. The benefits of turmeric are often the result of the curcuminoids it contains. Curcumin aids the body in treating ailments and preventing the occurrence of certain diseases. This bright, golden spice belongs to the same family as ginger, and has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat several conditions with its powerful medicinal properties.
1. Manage Arthritis Pain
If you have arthritis, using turmeric can provide you relief naturally, safely and effectively. Due to it’s powerful anti-inflammatory properties, curcumin aids with joint stiffness and swelling. The ‘Clinical Interventions in Aging’ study in 2014 discovered that consumption of about 1500 milligrams of turmeric each day provided both anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.
2. Can Aid in Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease
Recent studies in science have shown that the natural antioxidant, curcumin, has the potential to transform Alzheimer’s without causing any common side effects that come from medication. Turmeric works for Alzheimer’s disease by directly being absorbed in the blood and delivered to the sites of the brain that need the blood – removing hazardous protein deposits on the way.
Inflammation is one of the biggest problems in the body that can lead to many chronic diseases including heart disease, cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and other various conditions. In 2014, the ‘Clinical Interventions in Aging’ wrote an article that proved turmeric was as effective as some anti-inflammatory medication. Since it can be used orally or topically, turmeric reduces swelling fast and it also provides long-lasting comfort and immediate relief.
4. Reduces the Risk of Cancer
Cancer is so prevalent these days that we need all the protection we can get. The American Cancer Society has estimated that in every four deaths, one is caused by cancer. Turmeric’s curcumin is a powerful antioxidant agent that has been directly linked to reduce cancerous cells and hinder tumor growth.
All you need, as directed by the Clinical Cancer Research, is one spoon of turmeric a day – and you’ll support the natural immunity in your body.
5. Improves Brain Function
Not only will turmeric improve your mood, but it will increase concentration and boost memory retention. Turmeric helps keep your brain sharp and healthy! It’s curcumin boosts your level of hormones in the brain (BDNF) that fight the onset of mental diseases like depression, Alzheimer’s and dementia.
When trialed for 6 weeks (published by the ‘National Library of Medicine’), 60 individuals found similar improvements to their mood when taking either medication or curcumin – but when combined, they had significantly better results.
6. Boosts Immunity
Your immune system is significantly affected by digestion in your body. This is because proper digestion ensures that your body is rid of toxins and bacteria that can harm your immune function. In 2013, an article was published in the ‘National Library of Medicine’ that recognized curcumin to have therapeutic effects for digestive diseases.
This is because turmeric is packed with antimicrobial, antibacterial and antiviral properties that support your digestive system to function at its fullest capacity and in turn, your immune system is improved.
7. Improves Heart Health
As you continue to age, keeping your heart healthy is so important. One study published in the ‘National Library of Medicine’ cited curcumin to have a protective role in cardiovascular diseases.
Because it contains Vitamin B6 and curcumin, turmeric fights against the most leading causes of heart disease by promoting stronger blood vessels, regulating blood clotting, improving blood pressure and balancing cholesterol levels.
8. Boosts Skin Health
Turmeric can give your liver the boost it needs to reduce toxicity in your and overall functionality. It protects the skin by combating free radicals and reducing inflammation, which may help skin conditions such as acne, eczema, skin cancer, psoriasis and vitiligo. You’ll notice clearer skin and even protective effects against skin-damaging chemicals and environmental pollutants from turmeric.
How to make our Golden Milk at home
So what’s our favorite way to consume turmeric and still get the powerful benefits? Golden Milk! You’ll hardly notice the strong turmeric taste as all the ingredients are perfectly blended for you to indulge in this soothing drink.
– Serasana’s Golden Milk Spice – You can find these at all our locations!
– Almond Milk (or your milk of choice)
– Agave (or your choice of sweetener)
- In a medium pot over high heat, warm the almond milk (or milk of your choice.) Do not boil.
- Add 1 tsp of the Golden Milk spice mix.
- Sweeten to taste.
- Stir well.
- Optional: Froth with a blender or hand frother.
- Serve topped with a dash of cinnamon.