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The Power of Turmeric

When Aging Meets the Benefits of Earth

Photo Credit: Heathline

Learning ways herbs and spices can benefit your daily regimen and lifestyle is essential. Today, many people are exploring how spices, like turmeric, have many properties that promote improved health as well as opening your taste buds to a taste of culture.

In 2016, I was introduced to turmeric spice by an authentic Caribbean family from Jamaica. Parallel to their sharing of family love, there's a shared expression throughout their home every Sunday — their love for curry chicken.

Turmeric is a flowering plant of the ginger family derived from the roots of Zingiberaceae. The popular spice has been used in India for [thousands] of years as a medicinal alternative that has continued to impact many health ailments today.

This yellow colored spice carries a mellow and authentic taste that is packed with iron, manganese, potassium, and Vitamin C.

Here's my list why there's power in turmeric and why it should be essential on your spice rack.

1. Say hello to curcumin.

Curcuminoids are compounds which are also known as curcumin.

Curcumin is the main ingredient in turmeric. This compound has many benefits like anti-inflammatory effects and is considered a strong antioxidant. 

Two known studied compounds, bisdemethoxycurcumin and demethoxycurcumin, are essential for antioxidant and mineral and nutrient support.

The curcumin content in turmeric isn't high. Curcumin is absorbed well paired with black pepper, containing piperine, a natural medium that increases in absorption of curcumin.

2. Curcumin has anti-inflammatory compounds.

Inflammation has its benefits against the natural body.

Inflammation aids in the body fighting bacteria. Without inflammation, bacteria can enter your body system, infect and can cause death. 

Curcumin has a responsibility in repairing damage when inflammation occurs. 

Curcumin was found to be effective as an anti-inflammatory drug for helping people with rheumatoid arthritis. 

According to Medical News Today, turmeric has been studied in Western medicine for aiding in stomach digestion and irritable bowel syndrome.

3. Turmeric acts as an antioxidant.

Oxidative damage includes free radicals that are highly reactive with unpaired electrons. 

Curcumin in turmeric is an antioxidant that can block free radicals and boosts your body's own activity of antioxidant enzymes. 

According to Medical News Today, the antioxidants of turmeric are potent enough to protect your liver from damage by toxins.   

Animal studies have shown curcumin's anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties are beneficial to relieving pain and slowing down the progression of osteoarthritis and anxiety.

4. Curcumin lowers the risk of heart disease.

Did you know heart disease is the number one cause of death in the world?

Did you know curcumin can help reverse steps in the heart disease process?

One of the essential benefits of curcumin in turmeric is improving the functionality of the lining of the blood vessels, also known as the endothelium. Endothelial dysfunction is a massive factor of heart disease. It includes the inability of the endothelial to control blood pressure and blood clotting. 

Many studies state curcumin can improve endothelial function. Another study discovered curcumin and turmeric are just as effective as the prescription, Atorvastatin.

5. Turmeric can halt or treat cancer.

Cancer is caused by uncontrollable cell growth. 

But there are some cancers that are affected by curcumin and turmeric spice or supplements.

Curcumin has been researched and studied as a herb beneficial to cancer treatments, cancer growth, and development. Other studies have shown for turmeric to aide in the death of cancerous cells and the growth of new blood vessels in tumors and cancers like colorectal cancer.

6. Curcumin can be helpful in warding off or treating Alzheimer's Disease.

Alzheimer's disease is the leading cause of dementia. 

Alzheimer's disease consists of a buildup of a protein known as amyloid plaques. According to Healthline, studies show curcumin can aid in reducing signs of plaques.

Although there's no research discovering a treatment, curcumin and turmeric is an ideal alternative for preventative and treatment for Alzheimer's Disease.

Curcumin can lead to improvements in the process of Alzheimer's disease.

7. Curcumin has benefits against depression.

I've battled depression privately for years. Zoloft helped, but I became dependent on the prescription drug. Marijuana has been an effective alternative.

I discovered curcumin definitely kicks my depression to the sidelines. My depression tries to welcome itself around that "one week" of the month. 

I find adding a sprinkle or two of Stella Bistro Foods Tasty Turmeric Sultry Spice promotes a positive mood balance, but also cramp-free for women on their menstrual.

Tasting culture has incentives!

Tasting new food cultures and traditions don't have to be scary! Discovering new foods and spices should be the fun part of your food journey. 

I recommend Stella Bistro Foods Tasty Turmeric Sultry Spice for taste buds on all cooking and baking levels. Stella Bistro Foods Tasty Turmeric Sultry Spice is light enough for any new foodie to try on their morning eggs or orange juice and elevated in flavor for the inspired or profound cook or bake boss in their kitchen.

Taste the world of turmeric and appreciate everything life has to offer you!

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