If you can’t find turmeric hiding in your spice cupboard, it’s time to go and buy some! This healthy orange spice has powerful anti-aging properties, it is rich in antioxidants, and its anti-inflammatory benefits are simply unmatched.
To add to its list of benefits, a new study has found that this spice can even reduce your risk of heart attack.
A study was published in the American Journal of Cardiology, stating that turmeric extract can decrease risks of heart attack by 56%.
This discovery backs up earlier research printed in the Nutrition Research journal in 2012 that said eating this spice or consuming supplements of it can improve one’s cardiovascular health as much as aerobic exercise.
How does this work?
It all comes down to the main polyphenol compound in this golden spice, called curcumin. Curcumin is responsible for turmeric’s bright color and for the active properties that can empower vascular function.
This amazing ability of curcumin has been especially helpful for postmenopausal women who reach the age where heart problems can arise and become a health concern.
Consuming turmeric for the heart
According to the conclusion of the study, one should take 150 mg of turmeric extract (equal to 25 mg of curcumin) every day for eight weeks to improve heart function.
The curcumin content in turmeric powder is usually 2%. So, be aware of this if you choose this approach over the supplements. To reap these heart benefits, consume a teaspoon of turmeric daily. Alternatively, buy turmeric extract capsules.
Although curcumin helps the bolstering of cardiovascular function, don’t forget about physical activity entirely! The researchers of this study all agreed that nothing could actually replace exercise, no matter how much turmeric you eat.
So get back on the treadmill and keep going! Imagine the impact of being physical active alongside the benefits of turmeric. The USA Department of Health and Human Services recommends 2.5 hours a week of moderate-intensity, or one hour and 15 minutes of vigorous intensity aerobic exercises, or a combination of both. They also suggest muscle-strengthening activities two or more days weekly.
Moderate activity includes dancing, canoeing, biking on level ground, gardening, brisk walking, and water aerobics.
Vigorous activity includes: aerobic dance, jumping rope, jogging, running, swimming laps, brisk walking, play tennis with singles, and biking faster than 10 miles an hour.
Get moving, and don’t forget to take your turmeric juice with you!