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)
Curcumin has also been found to reduce the risk of developing liver cancer. It does this by reducing the effects that human carcinogens, such as thioacetamide, have on 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.