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Eating With Purpose --- Tumeric

Turmeric is an Indian spice that gives nice yellow color to the curries. It’s been used in Indian cooking for thousands of years for its benefits. Also, turmeric is been applied on the open wounds and sores for its anti-bacterial properties. Turmeric face masks are all time favorite thing of mine. They leave your skin clean ang glowing. So why turmeric is so powerful?

Let’s explore some scientific data behind such a great herb with medicinal properties

Turmeric has a natural anti-inflammatory chemical called Curcumin.

Curcumin is a phytochemical shown to have many scientifically proven health benefits and it’s a strong antioxidant.

Any long-term low-grade chronic inflammation plays a big role in causation of many diseases like heart diseases, arthritis, dementia, diabetes and cancer. With its anti-inflammatory properties this magical herb plays an important role in prevention as well as management of these conditions.

Curcumin has been studied in placebo controlled randomized trial and has shown benefit for management of Inflammatory bowel disease.

The normal content of curcumin in turmeric is not very high.

Studies support consumption of higher doses of curcumin up t 1-2 gm a day for beneficial effects. But despite of larger doses this compound is not detected in higher levels in blood. Some studies support that turmeric acts at the gut level and helps to manage good bacterial flora and prevention of low-grade inflammation.

So please consider including this medicinal herb in your daily intake. You can take supplements or start cooking with it. Consumption in higher doses can cause some bloating or diarrhea. I like to add small amount in my curries, pickles, bean dishes. I love my delicious turmeric milk at night. Eating with small amount of fat increases its absorption. Try sprinkling some turmeric on avocados. You can make turmeric butter and eat with your toast. I love my delicious turmeric milk at night. Helps me sleep better while boosting immunity. Don’t be scared start using it.

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