Is Turmeric Good For You?

Turmeric is that gorgeous yellow spice that is typically used in curry dishes. However, turmeric and its most active compound ‘curcumin’ can do so much for our body besides providing a tasty curry!
Turmeric supplements

It is important to understand that eating curry powder is quite different to taking a turmeric supplement. This is because the dose can be measured in supplements whereas when eating curry powder – no one knows just how many milligrams of curcumin are inside the entire meal. So, whilst in this blog post are listed some potential benefits of turmeric, each study that discovered the benefits did so with carefully controlled therapeutic doses, that will differ from study to study.

Curcumin May Help Fight Depression

Curcumin has shown to be as effective as antidepressant drugs according to a small scale study. However, this is not the only one of its kind. There have been many other studies demonstrating the benefits of curcumin on depression and other forms of mental health problems. 

Including long standing anxiety that a person may be living with after having suffered from trauma as is common with people who have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD. A study has suggested that curcumin may be a good alternative treatment to conventional medication for preventing anxiety-like behaviour associated with PTSD. 

Curcumin May Help Treat Alzheimer’s 

Currently there is no treatment that is considered effective when trying to tackle Alzheimer’s disease, which is the leading cause of dementia diagnoses globally. A common feature of Alzheimer’s disease (which is what doctors look for when making the diagnosis) is amyloid plaque which is an abnormal buildup of protein called ‘tau’ that collects inside neurons. 

Studies have shown, however, that curcumin may help to clear these amyloid plaques, making it an extremely important discovery for people looking for successful treatment options. Further research is needed.  

Curcumin May Work as a Natural Anti-Inflammatory

Unfortunately we now live in a world where a lot of modern day health problems can be traced back to inflammation being the trigger. Short term inflammation is healthy, whereas long term it can cause some major problems such as attacking your body’s own healthy tissues. This is why it is important to unravel the causes and switch it off. 

Whilst common over the counter anti-inflammatories can help, they can come with a list of side-effects especially when used long term. Curcumin has once again been found to be of help to people suffering with inflammation, as has been found in several studies to be extremely anti-inflammatory – even matching the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs.

Turmeric Is An Old Spice Backed Up With Modern Day Research

Turmeric holds a lot of benefits to our health, especially the compound it contains called curcumin. Over 4000 years ago, turmeric and its benefits were being used in India where it was an integral part of the traditional medicine system known as Ayurveda. Some records even show its use dates back to 500 BCE. Fast-forward to today and turmeric has been well studied and proven to back up many of the health claims connected to this spice. 

Arthritis Patients Respond Favourably To Curcumin

More than 10 million people in the UK are living with arthritis or other similar conditions according to the NHS, and this condition affects people of all ages, including children and not just the elderly as people often think. 

Several studies have shown that curcumin may work as well as an anti-inflammatory for people with arthritis, in fact, one study has shown curcumin to be even more effective than a commonly prescribed anti-inflammatory drug.

Curcumin May Help Lower Risk of Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death globally, which is why it is important to know the signs and symptoms, such as chest pains and palpitations. Sometimes however there can be no symptoms so prevention is key.

Curcumin has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack by 65% in people who were undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery. This is important as people who have this surgery are at risk of having a heart attack during the procedure and for the first 30 days after. 

Black Pepper For Enhanced Absorption

Make sure any turmeric supplement you buy contains black pepper. This is because adding it to the formulation can enhance the absorption of turmeric by a whopping 2000%! On its own turmeric can have a pretty low bioavailability which means it is hard for the body to access the good stuff (particularly curcumin!) inside.

Sources:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23832433/ Curmin and depression small scale study
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6029466/ Curcumin, PTSD and anxiety
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19594223/ Curcumin as a natural anti inflammatory
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16988474/ curcumin and Alzheimer’s disease
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/arthritis/ UK stats for arthritis and similar conditions
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22407780/  study comparing curcumin to anti-inflammatory drugs used in arthritis patients
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22481014/ Study reducing heart attack risk in coronary bypass surgery patients
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21372035/ curcumin anti-cancer effects on digestive lesions
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5664031/ Increasing turmeric absorption by adding black pepper

Please note that this article is based on research from a variety of places and not based on the UK governement nutrition and health claims. We don’t want to mislead you, please do your research and form your own conclusions. This article is purely for interest. For your reassurance, you may also like to read our disclaimer at the bottom of each page.

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