In addition to being used for culinary purposes, turmeric keeps finding new ways to surprise researchers regarding its wide plethora of health benefits. While initially focused on anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties, recent studies show that turmeric helps improve blood sugar balance, kidney function, and cognitive function. At the same time, it has the potential to reduce the severity linked to a few forms of arthritis and some digestive disorders.
Turmeric has an exceptional nutritional profile, containing a wide array of vitamins, minerals, volatile oils, and curcuminoids. Specifically, two teaspoons of turmeric provide 15.58 calories, 0.34 grams protein, 2.86 grams carbohydrates, 0.93 grams dietary fiber, and 0.43 grams fat. As for the vitamins, it contains 2.16 mg choline, 1.72 mcg folate, 0.59 mcg vitamin K, 1.14 mg vitamin C, etc. Ultimately, a 2-teaspoon serving provides 111.10 mg potassium, 8.05 mg calcium, 8.49 mg magnesium, 11.79 mg phosphorus, and solid amounts of iron, manganese, zinc, selenium, sodium, copper, and many more.
With this being said, it`s no wonder that this miraculous spice offers may different remedying powers. Apart from anecdotal experiences, these benefits and healing properties are also backed up by science! Here are some of the miraculous healing powers of turmeric:
Fights inflammation naturally: Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, is far superior to most anti-inflammatory drugs on the market in terms of reducing inflammation.
Protects the brain: Dementia, Alzheimer`s disease, and many other cognitive disorders are typically associated to a growth hormone called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF). Curcumin affects the BDNF levels, which in turn delays or even reverses the deterioration of brain functions.
Protects the heart: It has been scientifically shown that curcumin lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. At the same time, it prevents blood clots from developing as well as build-ups in the arteries. By improving these cardiovascular factors, it works to protect the heart and ensure its optimal function.
Improves Digestion: Regular turmeric consumption helps prevent inflammation of the digestive tract, reduces bloating, and alleviates gas. Thanks to its ability to stimulate the gallbladder, it protects against gallbladder disease, too.
Improve the symptoms of arthritis: Being a powerful anti-inflammatory agent, turmeric reduces pain in the body, including arthritis pain. It is as effective as pharmaceutical drugs for arthritis, without the unpleasant adverse effects.
Delays aging and improves longevity: While it cannot delay time, it sure can keep you feel healthy and young regardless of the number on your birthday cake. It is a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agent that protects the hearts, prevents cancer, and protects against other diseases.
Reduces your risk of cancer: Turmeric is one of the best preventative measures against cancer growth, which inhibits the spread of cancer, too.
How to Enjoy
A Few Quick Serving Ideas
- Turmeric is a great addition to recipes using lentils
- Adding turmeric powder to salad dressings gives them a nice orange-yellow hue
- Cut cauliflower florets and sauté with a spoonful of turmeric for five minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste
- Add turmeric to egg salad
- Mix brown rice with cashews and raisins and season with turmeric, coriander, and cumin
- Add turmeric to curries, sautéed apples, steamed beans and onions, etc
- For a creamy and low-calorie dip, combine turmeric with dried onion, healthy mayonnaise, salt, and pepper. This dip perfectly pairs with sweet pepper, jicama, broccoli, celery, and cauliflower