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7 Scientifically Proven Health Benefits of Turmeric

07/10/2019
By Sam Davis, BHS, CPT, FNS

People have used turmeric as a medicinal herb for almost 4000 years. This spice is one of the most researched and studied supplements on the market. Therefore, scientists, nutritionists, chefs, and others love the health benefits of turmeric. So what is it about this spice that makes it anti-inflammatory gold?

Curcumin

Curcumin belongs in a family of compounds called curcuminoids. In other words, these compounds are antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents. These properties make turmeric so valuable.

A piece of turmeric that was sliced and turmeric powder has a lot of health benefits.
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Image Credit Pixabay

What are the Health Benefits of Turmeric?

Here’s how supplementing with curcumin can benefit you:

  1. Research shows that curcumin can naturally help treatments of colon, stomach, and skin cancers.
  2. It helps all inflammatory issues, like rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, and can help relieve associated pain. 
  3. Gastrointestinal disorders are becoming very common due to poor diets. Curcumin binds and eliminates damaging particles that we ingest in our food that causes inflammation in our gut.
  4. Curcumin helps with brain health. Specifically, it protects your brain cells against oxidative stress and reduces inflammation. Furthermore, it helps your mitochondria produce energy to make sure you function at your peak. 
  5. The spice can help lower depression and anxiety
  6. It lowers cholesterol levels.
  7. Last but not least, curcumin helps keep your liver healthy. (Did you have a long night drinking? You may want to supplement with turmeric to keep your liver healthy.)
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Turmeric Supplements

Like any supplement, in order to get the full benefits, you need to take an effective dose. In other words, you need between 400-500mg of curcumin per capsule in a quality turmeric supplement like Nature’s Nutrition. And when you do take your supplement, make sure to take it with some sort of fat to help absorption.

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