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The health benefits of turmeric.


One of the most popular Grandma’s remedies for any illness in India is a glass of warm milk with a pinch of turmeric powder and pepper powder. This usually works like magic. And why not? There is a grounding in science for this remedy because of the innumerable health benefits of turmeric. The real beauty of this remedy is the addition of pepper. The active ingredient of turmeric is curcumin and the active ingredient of pepper is piperin; and piperin increases the natural absorption of curcumin in the body by over 2000%!

Turmeric has many almost magical properties – the top two among these are its strong anti- inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Any bioactive compound that can fight inflammation is a boon because it can fight many degenerative diseases like arthritis and other conditions like chronic heart disease, metabolic syndrome, and even cancer. One of the main causes of aging and many diseases is oxidative damage building up in the body. The strong antioxidant properties of curcumin makes it very effective in fighting this.

The health benefits of turmeric do not end here. Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor or BDNF is an important protein in our body that has to do with memory and learning because it is responsible for neuron connections forming. Evidence based studies of curcumin show it can boost BDNF and help reduce the advance of Alzheimer’s and even help reduce depression. Turmeric has also shown properties which bring about changes in a molecular level and help fight cancer. All in all, turmeric may just be the most effective spice to use as a health booster in your daily meals!