Turmeric is a herb you most likely have in you spice rack but…. if you are like me you don’t use much unless you make curry. However, you might change your mind if you knew all of the medicinal properties of this magical spice!
Curcumin, the main active ingredient in turmeric that makes this so beneficial for your health. Following is a short list of many claimed benefits of turmeric!
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The strength of turmeric is likened to some of the strongest pharmaceutical options for reducing inflammation. For this reason, consuming turmeric is often suggested for the reduction of arthritic pain, gout, and muscle pain following exercise or injury.
2. Weight loss
Turmeric ALSO helps boost metabolism leading to weight loss. It is responsible for suppressing inflammatory messages in muscle, pancreatic, and fat cells.
3. Skin condition treatments
The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of Turmeric have also proven to be beneficial in treating up skin conditions such as healing wounds and calming irritated pored from acne
4. Pain reliever
Many people cite their own anecdotal experience with turmeric as a pain reliever and studies seem to support this. One such study found participants who took 800 mg of turmeric in capsule form found that it worked as well as ibuprofen (Advil) in people with arthritis.
5. Improves liver function
The antioxidant effect of turmeric appears to be so powerful that it may stop your liver from being damaged by toxins. This could be good news for people who take strong drugs for diabetes or other health conditions that might hurt their liver with long-term use. Or in my case, for those who like a cocktail now and then. 🙂
6. Reduces risk of cancer
Curcumin shows promise as a cancer treatment. Studies suggest it has protective effects against pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, and multiple myeloma.
7. Aids in digestion
Turmeric is also touted for relief of constipation, cramping, and irritable bowel syndrome. It’s anti-inflammatory activity actually lowers the development of ulcers, bleeding in the bowels, and reduces irritation throughout the gut.
8. Relieves menstrual issues
If you suffer from severe menstrual discomfort, cramping, bloating, excessive bleeding, or mood swings, turmeric may be precisely what you’ve been looking for. The anti-inflammatory and soothing nature of the herb’s natural compounds can relieve most symptoms of menstruation.
9. Prevents Cancer
Turmeric is one of the best herbal approaches to the treatment or prevention of various types of cancer as it has been directly linked to a reduction in colon cancer cells and is a direct inhibitor of a protein that is essential for tumor growth slowing the multiplication of cancer cells.
10. Improves Heart Health
Curcumin balances cholesterol levels by eliminating excess LDL (“bad cholesterol”) from the arteries and blood vessels. This can help prevent atherosclerosis, so when combined with stronger blood vessels, turmeric represents a comprehensive solution for a wide range of heart issues.
The unfortunate news:
The curcumin content of turmeric is only around 3% which makes it very difficult to appropriate levels just using the turmeric spice in your foods. Therefore, supplements are available that contain significant amounts of curcumin. To complicate matters just a bit more…. it is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream. However, consuming black pepper with it enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2000%!
Supplements like this can help you increase your curcumin consumption. I personally have used this supplement for over a year and have noticed an improvement in the inflammation in my knees as well as my elbows!
I HIGHLY recommend this Pumpkin Spice Turmeric Latte! It is my new obsession and even replaces my morning Pumpkin Spice Latte! In fact, I am going to go make one right now! 🙂
Healthy Pumpkin Spice Turmeric Latte
This Healthy Pumpkin Spice Turmeric Latte is delicious and nutritious! A perfect night-cap or replacement for your morning latte!
- 1 cup almond milk vanilla sweetened (60 calories)
- 1/2 tsp Pumpkin Spice
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
1. Add all ingredients to saucepan over medium heat. Whisk occasionally and bring contents to a boil.
2. Reduce heat and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes. Continue to whisk mixture occasionally.
3. Use immersion blender or frother on your expresso machine to froth the mixture. (note: this step is optional but adds a nice froth to the latte)
4. Pour into a cup and garnish with cinnamon!
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