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If you’re like most people, you’re probably drawing a blank. That’s not a criticism. It’s simply not something that gets much attention in America.
But it’s gaining popularity.
What Is Turmeric Anyway?
It’s actually been in use throughout the world as a spice for thousands of years, with its beginnings coming from the Middle East and India. It has a peppery flavor that gives a nice kick to many foods.
In America, you don’t say,”Oh my gosh, I forgot the turmeric! Time for a quick grocery store run.”
…But you might say that after learning its health benefits.
Check just some of them out:
It’s a Powerful Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Agent
Ancient Indian culture has believed in the medicinal properties of turmeric for millennia. And now, science has backed up these beliefs with, well, hardcore science.
The active ingredient that does the real work in turmeric is curcumin. But, the problem with turmeric is it only contains around 3% curcumin, which isn’t a high amount. To get its full effects, you want around 1 gram per day, which you can get with a curcumin supplement.
Just as a refresher, remember than antioxidants reduce the effects of aging by fighting harmful free radicals in your cells. The anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin are so potent they equal the power of some prescription drugs.
Improve Your Brain’s Functioning and Lower Your Risk of Brain Diseases
Alzheimer’s currently has no known cure. Depression can also be highly debilitating.
The curcumin in turmeric combats both of these diseases, and many others. Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), is the hormone that’s related to these brain diseases and others. In fact, many disorders have links to lower levels of this hormone.
Simply put, the curcumin in turmeric increases levels of BDNF and reduces your risk of these brain diseases.