The orange powder, which is extracted from the turmeric tuber, is said to be a real miracle cure for health. What’s up
The trendy spice contains curcumin, which gives the tuber its bright orange-yellow color. However, this ingredient also has an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect. But what effects does the “spice of life” have on our organism?
Turmeric can promote weight loss
The spice alone does not, of course, cause the kilos to drop. But when combined with a healthy diet, turmeric helps to reduce the inflammation caused by being overweight and to stimulate fat burning.
Turmeric can help relieve arthritis
A study published in the “Journal of Medicinal Food” showed that the contained curcumin has the ability to reduce pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints. The Arthritis Foundation therefore recommends that sufferers take one turmeric capsule twice a day.
Turmeric can lift your mood
A meta-analysis of ten different studies suggests that turmeric can improve symptoms of anxiety and depression. Since these are often accompanied by inflammation, the anti-inflammatory spice can bring an improvement in negative conditions.
Turmeric can lower blood sugar
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A study published in the Journal of Nutrition & Intermediary Metabolism suggests that curcumin is a so-called hypoglycemic agent. This can lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Researchers are currently working to find out whether turmeric can prevent or at least delay the most common form of diabetes.
Turmeric can prevent Alzheimer’s disease
Scientists are investigating the reason why people in India – the country where turmeric is given in almost every dish – are significantly less likely to develop Alzheimer’s than in Europe and the USA. The research results are not yet ready for printing, but there is agreement that the daily consumption of turmeric can be helpful for memory and cognitive function.
Turmeric has anti-cancer properties
A report published in the journal Nutrients found that curcumin appears to have cancer-fighting potential because it disrupts cell signaling pathways in laboratory-grown cancer cells. Additional studies are planned.
Turmeric can help relieve irritable bowel syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome can seriously affect everyday life: constant stomach cramps, flatulence, diarrhea or other unpleasant bowel problems are the order of the day. Turmeric has the potential to relieve some of the abdominal discomfort.
Turmeric can lower cholesterol
Here, too, the research results are not yet clear. But initial studies have shown that turmeric can lower blood lipids (called triglycerides). Test subjects who regularly took curcumin had a lower cholesterol level than the comparison group.
Turmeric can reduce cardiovascular disease
According to the WHO, cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in the world. The biggest problem with strokes, arterial diseases and the like is inflammation. New studies also suggest that curcumin can protect the heart from ischemia (reduced blood flow or blood supply failure).
The following applies to health: everything in moderation
As with most things, the amount makes all the difference. Too much turmeric (500 mg per day) can inhibit the absorption of iron and can lead to an upset stomach. People who take blood-thinning medication, are about to have an operation, or are pregnant should also not take turmeric. It is therefore best to always discuss the intake of preparations with your doctor.