There are some foods or spices that have so many benefits that they are almost magical. One such spice is Turmeric.
Turmeric is almost magical in its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. ORAC value represents how strong of an antioxidant a food or spice can be. Generally, spices have stronger antioxidant properties than food. That’s why spices have been used to preserve foods.
Turmeric has an ORAC value of 127,000 per 100 grams. One of the highest antioxidant foods are blueberries. Blueberries have an ORAC value of about 4,700. So, you can see how adding turmeric to your diet may be beneficial.
There are also anti-inflammatory benefits. Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Inflammation causes pain. In several studies, turmeric has been found to be equally effective in managing arthritis pain as many of the prescription anti-inflammatory medications (NSDAIDS). NSAID or non-steroidal medications are effective in pain management but also carry the risks of heart attacks, strokes, gastrointestinal bleeds, elevated blood pressure and a host of negative side effects. So, Turmeric may be a better choice for chronic pain management.
Turmeric is a yellow to orange spice that is widely used around the world. Turmeric is the main spice in curry dishes. In India, curry dishes and turmeric consumption are very common, and interestingly, Alzheimer’s disease is very low. There are currently numerous studies trying to determine whether turmeric can prevent or treat Alzheimer’s disease. Time will tell as these studies have yielded mixed results.
There has even been a study showing that turmeric may be equally effective in managing depression as fluoxetine.
Turmeric is available as a spice or in capsule form. It is believed that the main beneficial component in Turmeric is curcumin. Turmeric with curcumin extract is also available in capsule form. Turmeric is best absorbed when pepper is included in the meal at the time when it is consumed.
While we love turmeric, it is best to ask your physician if turmeric or any supplement is safe for you—especially if you take any type of anticoagulant medication as turmeric could increase the risk of bleeding.
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