Friday, September 1, 2017

Three Ways Turmeric Protects You

You've heard that turmeric is a ‘miracle herb’. What makes this herb so miraculous? Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. Bioactive ingredients found in this herb are pleiotropic in nature- the same mol*-+ecule can bind to a variety of enzymes and other molecular targets in the body. Here are just a few of turmeric's benefits:

Cucurmin has powerful anti-inflammatory effects. Chronic inflammation is known to be a contributor to many common Western diseases. Curcumin blocks NF-kB, a molecule that travels into the nuclei of cells and turns on genes related to inflammation. NF-kB is believed to play a major role in many chronic diseases. The anti-inflammatory effect is so powerful that it matches the effectiveness of some pharmaceutical drugs.

Curcumin has powerful antioxidant effects. It neutralizes free radicals on its own due to it's chemical structure. Additionally, it stimulates the body's own antioxidant enzymes, delivering a double dose of anti-aging benefits.

Curcumin boosts levels of the brain hormone BDNF, which increases the growth of new neurons and fights various degenerative processes in the brain. Alzheimer's and depression are both linked to decreased BDNF levels in the brain so the curcumin can have a protective effect.

Unfortunately, curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream. It helps to consume black pepper with turmeric.  The pepper contains piperine, a natural substance that enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2000%. (That's not a typo.) Curcumin is also fat soluble, so it may be a good idea to ingest it with a fatty meal.

Both of those factors are deliciously taken into account with the Golden Milk recipe in next week's post. The recipe includes fat from the coconut cream and a bit of black pepper.

Be on the lookout for the recipe next week.

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