by Healthy Holistic Living
Here at Healthy Holistic Living, we LOVE turmeric. You probably know it as a popular spice that is used in many South Asian dishes. You may also know that turmeric has a wide variety of beneficial properties that make it a go-to natural supplement used to treat many health disorders. But 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. Check it out!
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.
The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, is seen as a promising treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. A plaque that builds up in the brain of Alzheimer’s patients, called beta-amyloid plaques, is believed to be one of the primary causes of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers found that curcumin is able to inhibit the build up of this type of plaque by up to 40%, making it a promising treatment for Alzheimer’s.
Researchers have also found that curcumin’s anti-inflammatory properties play a role in Alzheimer’s treatment as well, as it reduces damage caused by inflammation and oxidizing agents.
Turmeric has also been used as a treatment for those with depression.
Liver Function And Cancer Prevention
Another benefit of turmeric that many don’t know about is how effective it is at promoting liver health. The main ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has been used to treat liver diseases for over 100 years, but legitimate scientific research into it’s effects have not been conducted until recently.
Researchers believe that it is the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects of curcumin that make it so beneficial to liver health. Studies have shown that curcumin reduces liver damage caused by:
- Ethanol (the type of alcohol that you drink)
- Iron overdose
- Liver disease (such as cholestasis)
- High toxicity levels
- Cirrhosis (scarring of the liver)
How To Get The Most Out Of It
It is hard for our bodies to absorb the curcumin in turmeric (the stuff that does all the work), when taken raw, you can really only absorb 1% of the curcumin. The best way to use turmeric is to buy high-quality certified organic turmeric extract with 95% curcuminoids. This doesn’t mean that turmeric isn’t doing anything if you eat it EVERY DAY. In emergency situations, the extract is necessary, but ¼ tsp of turmeric every day will reduce the inflammation in your body and help keep diseases at bay and/or away.
A great way to get your curcumin for the day is to boil water, and add ¼ tsp turmeric and let it boil for 10 minutes. When you let it cool and drink it, you’ve created a 12% solution.
Another great way to eat it is to mix turmeric with some sort of oil or fat. Blend 1-2 egg yolks with a teaspoon of coconut oil and a tablespoon of turmeric. When you mix turmeric with fats, it’s more easily absorbed (7-8x better absorption). That means, you don’t need to mix turmeric with eggs and oil to gain the benefits completely. Throw it in a soup, curry, or any recipe of your choosing– since most recipes have fat in them, the turmeric will flow into you easily and get to work.