Thanks to its powerful active ingredient — curcumin — turmeric are rightfully considered a superfood. Aside from slowing the effects of aging through regular consumption, there are some other benefits of turmeric. Read more about three of them, and how you can add it to your diet.
1. It Has Anti-Inflammatory Effects
Turmeric works by scavenging various forms of free radicals, including reactive nitrogen and oxygen to reduce inflammation in the body. It also modulates the activity of your detoxifying enzymes.
2. Turmeric Is Antifungal and Antimicrobial
Studies show that curcumin can prevent the growth of various fungal or bacterial infections in the body. Since turmeric can invade a cell of a bacterial species and kill it from within, it also acts as a food-safe antibacterial agent.
3. It Also Improves Cardiovascular Health
Since curcumin is known for improving the endothelium, the lining of your blood vessels, it can be incredibly efficient in reversing the progression of heart disease. Some studies go as far as to claim using curcumin supplements can provide similar results as the drug Atorvastatin.
How to Take Turmeric
Based on your preference, there are many ways in which you can include turmeric in your diet. Some of the most popular options (with plenty of customization opportunities) include:
- Turmeric milk — add ground ginger and turmeric, cinnamon, black pepper, coconut or almond milk, coconut oil, and a pinch of stevia; add honey if you want it sweet.
- As a herb in meals — since it’s often added to curries, you can include it in these kinds of meals.
- Turmeric tonic — add lemon juice, some leftover lemon rind, ginger, turmeric, black pepper, and water in a small saucepan.
- Simmer for about 3 minutes and drink while it’s still warm. Add a sweetener of your choice.
- Supplements — in choosing the brand, you should look for one that has at least 95% curcuminoids.