You’ve heard lots about turmeric lately, from golden milk to anti-inflammatory to golden juices and smoothies.
But turmeric does more than just fight inflammation and turn everything yellow!
Here are 4 other reasons to add turmeric to your diet:
- Liver health – The liver is the main detoxifier of the body. It is responsible for breaking down and metabolizing fat in association with the gall bladder, it filters and detoxifies the food and drink we consume and plays a big role in hormone synthesis and regulation. , A compensated liver has a negative affect on several areas of function within the body, including digestion and elimination, immunity, blood sugar regulation, kidney function and many more. One of the risks of poor liver health is the development of fatty liver disease, where the liver begins to carry several fatty deposits, which inhibit function. Consuming turmeric - and more specifically curcumin – helps reduce the amount of cholesterol in the blood and hence the amount that is available to be deposited on the liver causing fatty liver disease. A clean liver allows for better overall body function and improves success at health and weight loss goals.
- Digestion and gut health – A key area of current research, is the relationship between the gut and several other inflictions such as mental health, brain function, energy production, all impacted by the bacteria balance within the gut biome. Maintaining a healthy bacteria balance is dependent on a healthy gut lining, which secretes enzymes that help digest and absorb food and allow the maintenance of the bacteria balance. When the gut lining is inflamed however, it is not able to produce proper enzymes or proper mucosal lining for digestion, leading to inadequate nutrient absorption and an imbalance in gut bacteria and potentially issues such as allergies and Leaky Gut Syndrome. With the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric, consuming this regularly can help reduce gut inflammation, encouraging proper enzyme production for digestion and helping to maintain proper balance within the gut.
- Brain and Alzheimer’s – Turmeric, and its powerful ingredient curcumin, has been shown to boost levels of brain-derived neurotropic factor, which is a type of growth hormone that promotes the growth and repair of neurons. Neurons are at the root of all brain function, and govern important processes in the brain including our ability to think and reason, react and make decisions and our overall day-to-day brain function. When we are not producing healthy neurons or we are not nourishing our neurons properly with the right foods, brain processes may be compromised. In many cases, this shows up for individuals as difficulty concentrating or brain fog, while for others it can be far more severe showing up later in life as Alzheimer’s. The most common neurodegenerative disease in the world, Alzheimer’s leaves its victims with memory loss, compromised motor function, and eventually significant loss of brain function. Because turmeric improves neuron development, helps fight oxidative damage, and is anti-inflammatory, increasing research has shown the benefits of turmeric in fighting the affects and progression of this disease.
- Improves glucose control – Blood sugar regulation is at the root of successful weight loss. Being able to maintain health blood sugar levels to prevent binging on carbohydrates or going for that sugary treat are key components of maintaining a healthy, sustainable lifestyle and diet plan long term. The body requires glucose for many bodily processes and for healthy brain function, but the amount is very closely controlled to prevent excess glucose from entering the blood stream. This control is elicited by the secretion of insulin from the pancreas, which helps monitor the amount of glucose released into the blood stream. Consuming turmeric has been shown to have a positive affect on improving glucose control, hence helping with weight management and in maintaining energy levels.