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All you need to know about Turmeric

Updated: Aug 31, 2021

Turmeric is a flowering plant, Curcuma longa of the ginger family cultivated from rhizomes, or root, used in cooking. Turmeric has gained popularity in the past years duo to some studies claiming that it is full of benefits for your body and brain.

What are the believed health benefits of turmeric?

"Curcumin is a natural antioxidant that has anti inflammatory benefits, as well as possible benefits related to slowing the aging process and preventing Alzheimer's disease and potentially depression" says Ann Shaw, RDN, Shaw's simple swaps consulting.

Curcumin is Anti Inflammatory, One of the main believes leading to turmeric's popularity is that its commonly used to fight inflammation.

  1. Curcumin may protect against heart disease. Some studies show that turmeric may improve endothelial function which is associated with regulating blood pressure. Problems with endothelial function are associated with risk of heart disease.

  2. Turmeric may play a role in treating depression. Turmeric has an ability to increase the levels of BDNF. Depression is linked to lower levels of BDNF making turmeric a possible antidepressant. A study conduced in 2014 issue of Phythotheraphy Research showed results leading to the belief of curcumin being safe and effective treatment of depression disorder.

  3. Turmeric may improve skin health. As we have already mentioned, turmeric possesses anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties, which in turn may make it an effective remedy for acne, eczema, photoaging, and psoriasis.

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