Turmeric – Is it really the spice of life?

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Turmeric has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and a medicinal herb.  It is the spice that gives curry its yellow colour.

Recently, science has started to back up what people living in India have known for a very long time – turmeric really does contain compounds with medicinal properties – the most important of which is curcumin.

Curcumin has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.  It dramatically increases the antioxidant capacity of the body.  Oxidative damage is believed to be one of the mechanisms behind ageing and many diseases.

The main reason antioxidants are so beneficial is that they protect your body from free radicals – free radicals destroy cell membranes and make them vulnerable to decay and pathogens – in short curcumin protects your body from free radicals and stimulates your body’s own antioxidant defences.

However, the curcumin content of turmeric is not that high, therefore if you want to experience the full effects, you will need to take a supplement that contains significant levels of curcumin.

As curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream it helps to take a supplement that has curcumin and black pepper which contains piperine – a natural substance that enhances the absorption of curcumin, substantially increasing its effectiveness.

Another health benefit of curcumin is that it should lower your risk of heart disease.  Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the world.  Unsurprisingly heart disease is incredibly complicated and various factors contribute to it.

Perhaps the main benefit of curcumin with regards to heart disease is that it improves the function of the endothelium, which is the lining of your blood vessels.  In addition, as discussed earlier, curcumin reduces inflmmation and oxidation, both play a role in heart disease.

Curcumin has been shown to cross the blood-brain barrier and can lead to various improvements in the pathological process of Alzheimer’s disease!

If you would like any further information or wish to speak to a member of our team please call us on Luton 01582 579687 or Hitchin 01462 420077 alternatively e-mail us on: luton@healesclinics.com or hitchin@healesclinics.com

 


Peter Heale Chiropractor in Hitchin and LutonFrom the team at Heale's Chiropractic Clinics
Over 30 years of helping people in Hitchin and Luton and the surrounding areas of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire

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