Turmeric — an Asian spice that gives curry its signature colour and also considered a “superfood.” Some of the health benefits include reducing the risk of prostate cancer and heart disease, fighting bacteria and viruses, and even relieving pain.
What is in turmeric to make it so good for us?
Curcuminoids; this is a natural anti-inflammatory compound and helps to create lots of antioxidants in our body.
FYI: Add black pepper with your turmeric: Another way to boost the absorption of the curcuminoids in turmeric is to add black pepper.
Curcuminoid compounds found in turmeric can contribute to improved memory and brain function and help to reduce abnormal proteins called beta-amyloid and tau, both of which have been tied to Alzheimer’s disease.
Why are anti-inflammatory foods so vital?
Inflammation is incredibly important. It helps the body fight foreign invaders and also has a role in repairing damage. Without inflammation, pathogens like bacteria could easily take over our bodies and kill us. Although acute (short-term) inflammation is beneficial, it can become a major problem when it is chronic (long-term) and inappropriately deployed against the body's own tissues. It is now believed that chronic, low-level inflammation plays a major role in almost every chronic, Western disease. This includes heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer's and various degenerative conditions.
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