Turmeric is one of the most popular spices added to South Asian dishes, and it becoming growingly popular all around the world, due to its multiple health-boosting properties.
However, what you probably don’t know is how beneficial turmeric can be to your brain and liver healthy if you consume it on a daily basis.
Turmeric for brain health
Is has been well-known for a long time that turmeric can treat physical ailments, but, until recently, turmeric’s mental benefits have been relatively unknown.
Some studies that investigated Alzheimer’s disease showed that turmeric has a positive therapeutic effect on patients who had this serious neurological condition.
It is unclear how turmeric slows down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, but it is believed that curcumin can increase the levels of a protein known as Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) that are found in the brain.
Also, it may prevent the progression of Alzheimer’s by removing the amyloid plaque inside the brain. In a clinical study published in Journal of Neurochemistry has been shown that curcumin extract reduces the size of amyloid plaque inside the brain up to 40% in only one week.
In another study has been shown that turmeric can stop the progression of multiple sclerosis. Moreover, turmeric is an excellent antidepressant. Studies showed that turmeric extract can block the activity of an enzyme monoamine oxidase, linked to depression.
Liver function and cancer prevention
Another benefit of turmeric that many don’t know about is how effective it is in promoting liver health. The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has been used to treat liver diseases for over 100 years, but legitimate scientific research into its effects have not been conducted until recently.
Researchers believe that it is the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects of curcumin that make it so beneficial to liver health. Studies have shown that curcumin reduces liver damage caused by ethanol (a type of alcohol), iron overdose, liver disease, high toxicity levels, and cirrhosis.
Also, curcumin has been found to reduce the risk of developing liver cancer. It does this by reducing the effects that human carcinogens, such as thioacetamide, have on the liver.
How to get the most out of turmeric – Quick recipes
It is hard for our bodies to absorb the curcumin in turmeric. When you consume it raw, your body can absorb only 1 percent of the curcumin. So, if you like to get the most out of it, use high-quality certified organic turmeric extract which contains 95 percent curcuminoids.
However, consuming turmeric on a daily basis will also provide numerous health benefits. More precisely, 1./2 teaspoon of turmeric a day can lower the inflammation in your body, thus preventing and treating various diseases.
Turmeric water is an excellent way to get your curcumin for the day.
- 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
- 1 cup of boiled water
Add the turmeric in the boiled water, and boil for another ten minutes. Allow it to cool before drinking.
Turmeric and oil or fat
Another great way to get it is to mix turmeric with some sort of oil or fat (such as extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil). When you mix turmeric with fats, it’s more easily absorbed (it has 7-8 times better absorption).
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric
- 2 cups of coconut milk (or almond milk)
- 1 pinch black pepper
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
Just mix all ingredients in a saucepan, and heat without boiling. Let it cool a bit, and consume while warm.