The Benefits of Turmeric/Curcumin

You’ve probably seen this floating around a lot recently and thought that by the looks of it maybe it was some new fancy type of ginger, but weren’t quite sure. Well I’m glad you’re here Earthly Bodies…let’s talk about turmeric.

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Turmeric is a relative of ginger and one of the healthiest ways to add flavor and color to a home-cooked meal. Not to mention it has medicinal properties galore!

Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its beautiful yellow color. If you love Indian cuisine as much as I do you are familiar with it. Well it has also been used for thousands of years in India not only as a spice but as a medicinal herb due to its bioactive compounds that give it powerful medicinal properties. It is one of the most researched natural remedies available with several studies validating its healing properties. Hopefully after reading this Natural Living Tip you will pick some up on the way home and begin reaping the benefits too.

The main active ingredient in this spice is curcumin which is known as a powerful antioxidant meaning it targets dangerous free radicals in the body and reduces the damage they are able to cause to cells. Healthy cells equal a healthy body. So in short turmeric offers general wellness benefits as well as targeting specific health conditions. #WINNING!

Here’s a list of 8 benefits turmeric/curcumin provides and 8 reasons you should “spice up” your diet with it today.    

  • Natural Anti-Inflammatory – This makes it effective for fighting osteoarthritis pain, heart disease and other health issues related to inflammation. Curcumin reduces the enzymes in the body known to trigger inflammation.

  • Delay Diabetes Onset – Curcumin capsules have been found to delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes in people with pre-diabetes due to the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant powers of the compound. *Ensure your capsule is a pure organic form.

  • Heartburn and Upset Stomach – Taking the spice regularly helps here because of the plant’s inflammation fighting powers.

  • Skin Health – The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric are also beneficial when applied topically in the treatment of eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions. It is also a natural antiseptic that can be used to treat burns and cuts. Just take a small amount of turmeric and add one drop of water at a time while stirring to create a mud-like paste. If it gets to watery add more turmeric. Rub on affected area.

  • Heart Health – Because turmeric reduces the risk of blood clots and prevents the build up of plaque in the arteries it is credited with helping to battle against strokes and reducing bad cholesterol while improving good cholesterol. All of these factors play a role in heart health.

  • Intestinal and Bowel Health – Curcumin stimulates the gallbladder to produce bile. Consuming turmeric regularly or supplementing with curcumin supplements may help to improve digestion, reduce gas and bloating as well as treat digestive disorders.

  • Natural Pain Killer – Turmeric has been proven to fight a variety of pains that are treated with over-the-counter pain meds. For another natural pain remedy click here to read my post Don’t Take 2 Pills and Call Me In The Morning.

  • Helps Fight Against Depression – There are several studies that site the incredible benefits curcumin has against depression. If you’re already taking Prozac or a similar med it can only help you fight it.

3 ways to add: Juice the root in your favorite juice recipes (or if you’re local visit us at Kale Yeah! Juice Cafe for a 2 oz cold pressed shot), Add the organic powder version to your smoothie or dinner recipes, Take a daily capsule. I DO 1 OF THE 3 EVERYDAY!

I hope you use today’s post as a benefit to your healthy natural living goals. Let me know in the COMMENTs below and don’t forget to SHARE this with your social media and email peeps. Here’s to making our Earthly Bodies a safe place to LIVE!

***Please keep in mind: Just because something is natural and plant-based doesn’t mean it’s necessarily safe for everyone. If you are pregnant, have gallstones, or are susceptible to kidney stones you may want to moderate your turmeric consumption. Also, the FDA doesn’t regulate dietary supplements the same way it regulates food or conventional medication, so not every supplement is created equal. Also, certain supplements, including those made from turmeric, can interact with other medications. Turmeric may slow down blood clotting, for example, so people taking drugs with the same effect, like anticoagulants, should be cautious about taking turmeric supplements, according to the National Institutes of Health. Bottom line…if this pertains to you it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor before starting any kind of supplements.