Known as the “spice of life”, turmeric has been used in curry spice blends and as a healing herb for thousands of years in India and throughout Asia. In recent years, there has been a bounty of scientific research supporting its strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, which in turn has made it a popular ingredient in anti-aging and skincare regimens.
So, let’s explore turmeric – one of the healthiest and most celebrated spices on earth..
What is Turmeric?
Native to Southeast Asia, turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a flowering plant belonging to the ginger family, commonly used either fresh in familiar Indian and Asian cuisine, or boiled and ground into a deep orange-red powdered spice.
Hidden deep in the turmeric plant's bright yellow roots are a family of extraordinarily powerful compounds called curcuminoids that have the unique ability to block an enzyme that causes inflammation and combat free radical damage body wide including vital organs like your heart and brain.**
The clinical studies on this herb use turmeric extracts that most commonly contain dosages of 1 gram (1,000 mg) per day.
So unless turmeric is a staple of your diet, consumed in large quantities at nearly every meal, it is nearly impossible to get the levels of curcuminoids needed to convey all of the health benefits this remarkable spice can provide.
Therefore, if you want to experience the full effects, you need to take a supplement that contains this research-level dosage.
What is Turmeric Good for?
This ancient spice has strong roots within Ayurvedic wellness practices, a medicinal system that relies on potent plant extracts and nutrients found within nature to restore whole-body health and balance.
From being nature’s anti-inflammatory to an everyday mood balancer, turmeric benefits encompass inner and outer health.
Turmeric is also a powerful antioxidant, which allows it to fight free radical scavengers that can accelerate cellular aging.*
8 Scientifically Proven Health Benefits of Turmeric
Combating Harmful Inflammation
Inflammation is an incredibly important factor that plays into your body’s natural ability to fight foreign invaders and repair damage caused by injury, illness, or infection. Without inflammation, bacteria and other pathogens could easily take over your body, leading to serious health consequences. **
And, although acute, short-term inflammation is beneficial, it can become a major problem when it becomes chronic and inappropriately attacks your body’s own tissues.
Scientists now believe that chronic, low-level inflammation plays a major role in almost every common age-related health issue. **
Turmeric is perhaps the strongest, natural anti-inflammatory nutrient on earth. Research reveals this powerhouse compound can offer protection at the molecular level – perhaps even matching the effectiveness of some commonly used anti-inflammatories without their related side effects.***
Turmeric has been scientifically shown to block NF-kB, a molecule that travels into the nuclei of your cells and turns on genes related to inflammation. NF-kB is believed to play a major role in many of the health problems of aging.**
Turmeric is one of the few bioactive natural substances that can neutralize inflammation at the molecular level.***
Cellular Age-Fighting Antioxidant
You are as young as the health of your cells. While it’s natural for the trillions of cells in your body to age over your lifetime, science shows your lifestyle and the environment contribute to how quickly the evolution occurs.
Oxidative stress and the resulting damage from nutrient-deficient food, lack of daily physical movement, sleep deprivation, and consistently elevated levels of stress can wear cells down, leading to many of the health problems we encounter as we age.
When this occurs, free radicals – toxic, unstable molecules and a byproduct of oxygen metabolism—threaten the activity of healthy cells, and in the worst case scenario, alter DNA, thus, opening doors to chronic health conditions.*
This is why antioxidants are vital for protecting your cellular health. The potent anti-oxidative compound properties of turmeric help to neutralize free radicals and beef-up the body’s cellular defenses.** In addition to blocking scavengers, curcumin can also promote antioxidant enzymes within the body for future use.***
In addition, turmeric boosts the activity of your body’s own antioxidant enzymes.*
In that way, turmeric delivers a one-two punch against free radicals – it blocks them directly, while also stimulating your body’s own antioxidant defenses.
Strengthening Cardiovascular Health
Heart problems are the #1 cause of death in the world,* and turmeric has been shown to positively impact several factors that contribute to serious heart issues.
In addition to supporting blood vessel function, turmeric has been shown to help balance cholesterol and triglyceride levels in overweight individuals.*
A study published in the American Journal of Cardiology found that turmeric reduced the risk of a serious cardiac event (post-bypass surgery) by an amazing 56%!*
But perhaps most importantly for those dealing with these or other heart risk factors is the impact turmeric has on C-reactive protein (CRP). Extensive research has shown that an elevated level of the CRP inflammation marker is a strong indicator of long-term cardiovascular risk.
This has led some researchers to conclude that controlling inflammation is at least as important as keeping cholesterol levels balanced when it comes to maintaining heart health.*
A recent scientific meta-analysis showed that turmeric helps lowers levels of CRP, with one breakthrough research study quantifying this by showing that turmeric can lower levels of inflammation marker CRP by an amazing 32%.**
Protecting Against Cognitive Decline
Clearly maintaining a sharp memory and the ability to think clearly is one of our biggest concerns as we age. And combatting inflammation and free radical damage to the brain is vital to achieving this.
When the brain is inflamed, memory formation and recall both suffer. And research has shown that turmeric’s anti-inflammatory effects can help provide powerful cognitive health benefits, boost short-term memory and even help restore youthful brain function.*
Until recently, it was believed that brain neurons weren’t able to divide and multiply after early childhood.
Now science is showing us that these neurons are not only capable of forming new connections, but in certain areas of the brain they can also multiply and increase in number.
One of the main drivers of this process is brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which is a type of growth hormone that is responsible for youthful brain function.*
A breakthrough clinical study found that turmeric promotes the production of BDNF. According to scientists, higher BDNF levels may hold the key to improved memory and sharper thinking as you age.*
What's more, a recent study found that daily turmeric intake produced short-term memory improvements in adults over 60 who were predisposed to memory loss. It worked like a six-hour memory boost!*
Helping to Balance Blood Sugar
Under normal conditions, glucose is healthy and necessary to fuel energy production throughout the body. But when blood sugar levels are consistently high it can trigger glycation, an activity that can accelerate the aging process.
If the body is overwhelmed with refined sugar, free radicals called advanced glycation end products (AGEs) form by attaching to and damaging structural proteins, such as collagen and elastin. This explains why eating too much sugar can lead to premature skin aging. Scientific research shows that turmeric can help balance glucose levels by binding to sugar and reducing the amount of glucose in the bloodstream.*
Relieving Every Day Joint Aches and Pains
The truth is that back pain, aching joints, sore muscles and loss of mobility are not an inevitable part of aging – despite what you may have been led to believe. Mainstream medicine just doesn't have any good, long-term solutions for the systemic inflammation that can create heightened pain sensitivity in the body.
Whether your back, joints or muscles ache constantly or only feel sore and stiff after moderate activity, inflammation is almost certainly a root cause.*
The good news is that gold-standard clinical studies are showing that turmeric is perhaps the most effective natural substance on earth at inhibiting COX-2, an enzyme that is responsible for sparking your body's inflammatory response.**
In a landmark 2014 study, turmeric was shown to relieve pain as effectively as a popular pain reliever while reducing stiffness and improving overall joint function—all without side effects.*
In another recent study, those who added turmeric to their daily treatment plan reported reduced pain and increased mobility.*
Promoting Mood Balance
Mood imbalances are also linked to reduced levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF).
While neurotransmitter imbalances may be the primary cause of mood issues, inflammation in the brain may also play a role.*
With turmeric’s ability to both boost BDNF levels and combat the harmful effects of inflammation, it can also help stabilize these mood balance issues.*
A 2014 study showed that turmeric is as effective as a popular mainstream remedy for mood support.* And, in addition to having a calming effect, turmeric can also boost the brain’s neurotransmitters, serotonin and dopamine.****
Brighter, Healthier Skin
In some Indian wedding rituals, it’s customary for family members to apply turmeric paste to the bride and groom ahead of the wedding to promote a brighter, blemish-free complexion for their big day. You, too, should consider the skin-calming benefits of turmeric as part of your own natural beauty routine.
Turmeric has been shown to inhibit a key enzyme that can reduce elastin formation in the body.** Elastin, in tandem with collagen, is skin’s main structural protein responsible for smooth, plump, supple skin.
Clinical studies show that turmeric’s antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects can improve acne on the face, back and chest.** Additionally, a 150-person study was conducted to test the effects of curcumin on eczema, revealing clinical improvement in their condition.*
Finding a Superior Turmeric Supplement
As mentioned previously, 1,000 mg per day of turmeric extract is the most widely researched dosage. And since it would be very difficult to reach these levels just using the turmeric spice in your foods, if you want to experience the full effects, you need to take a supplement.
In addition, unfortunately, turmeric is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream, so it is very important to consume turmeric with piperine, a natural substance that enhances the absorption of turmeric. And since turmeric is fat soluble, it should be taken with a meal that includes healthy fats.
Here is a “buyer’s guide” which will help you select an effective turmeric supplement:
Look for a 1,000 mg dosage to make sure you are getting a research-based level of turmeric every day. Many brands contain 100 mg or less, so you're throwing your money away for such pixie-dust levels. That's only 10% of the levels you need for the cardiovascular, brain, joint and overall inflammation-fighting benefits.
High Potency Turmeric:
Check the label carefully to make sure you a getting a high potency formula containing turmeric extract standardized to 95% curcuminoids. Many formulas are standardized to 50% or less, which is a watered-down and ineffective level of the key active ingredient in turmeric.
The one big flaw of turmeric is that it is hard for the body to absorb. If a supplement does not contain piperine to enhance absorption, you almost certainly will not be enjoying the full range of health benefits turmeric can provide.
Quality and Purity You Can Trust:
Make sure it is made in a state-of- the-art, FDA-inspected facility in the U.S.A. and is independently tested to show that it does not contain any heavy metals or other toxic contaminants.
Free of Magnesium Stearate:
Magnesium stearate is a commonly used additive in the manufacturing process of vitamins and supplements. But there is a lot of conflicting scientific evidence about its safety. The risk just isn’t worth it, so insist on a formula that is made completely free of magnesium stearate.
Some supplement suppliers are taking advantage of the recent surge in popularity of turmeric by jacking up the price of these supplements to robber baron levels. There is no need for you to pay more than $35 per bottle containing a full month’s supply for a high-quality turmeric supplement.
100% Money-Back Guarantee:
Even with high-quality, by the nature of nutritional supplements they simply don’t work universally for everyone in the same way. So, whenever you are trying a supplement for the first time, make sure it is backed by a full 100% guarantee so you can try it without risk.
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