Why You Should be Including Turmeric in Your Diet

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Turmeric is a bright yellow spice that has been used for centuries by the Indian and Chinese. The spice has been known to hold many medicinal properties that can help enhance your health when consumed. For those who enjoy a little spice to their foods, turmeric offers a great addition to many recipes. Even if you are not a fan of oriental food, it doesn’t mean you can skip the spice. Turmeric offers many benefits that can outweigh the taste of it. Here are some reasons why you should begin adding this international spice to your foods.

Stomach Issues

Who hasn’t suffered from stomach issues at some point or another? When your stomach is hurting and you don’t want to rummage through your medicine cabinet, turmeric offers a helpful remedy. Turmeric has special powers that can help with inflammation in your system. Due to these powers, many people will ingest the spice to help with indigestion and heartburn. A study conducted in 1989 showed that those who suffered from these stomach issues actually got relief from by taking a supplement that was found in the spice’s plant. Some of the participants were given a placebo pill, while others were given the actual spice. Those who took the spice found that they had a decrease in indigestion and heartburn.

Heart Attack Prevention

Another study that dealt with the effects of turmeric on bypass surgery patients found that those who did have bypass surgery and did not ingest the spice were more likely to have a heart attack days later. During the study, some patients were given curcumin which derives from turmeric, while others were given only a placebo pill. Those who had the placebo pill, 30% of them experienced a heart attack. The results of this study showed that turmeric was responsible for helping to prevent heart attacks in bypass patients. Again, turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties can help prevent heart attacks.

Prevents Alzheimer’s

Many people all over the world suffer from the devastating disease of Alzheimer’s. This can be very tragic for both the patients and family going through it. For some doctors, they believe that clogging of the blood vessels contribute to the onset of the disease. Amyloid plaques is known as the substance that does the clogging within the vessels. By ingesting turmeric, many believe that it help alleviate some of the plaque and therefor reduces the clogging. When the clog is reduced, the brain is able to get more oxygen. In return, this will help prevent Alzheimer’s in patients. As of right now, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s but turmeric is known to help in the reduction and prevention of it. This is just another reason why you should keep turmeric in your pantry.

As you can see, there are several health benefits to adding turmeric into your foods. Not only does it add a unique flavor, it holds special medicinal properties that can be used to treat ailments and illnesses. This one spice can alleviate some of the medicines in your medicine cabinet if ingested enough.


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