Turmeric is touted as the new ‘superfood’. But the health benefits of turmeric are not just limited to the anti-oxidant properties. In this post, we explore 5 fabulous health benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin. We also mention some great ways to get your daily dose.
Often referred to as “Indian saffron” or “Indian solid gold,” turmeric comes from the rhizome of the plant Curcuma longa. The vibrant, rich yellow colour and flavour is a base in colourful Indian and Asian curries. Turmeric is also a religious symbol for Indian weddings.
What is Curcumin?
Turmeric contains a wide number of phytochemicals. But the primary component that is attracting worldwide scientific inquiry is curcumin. Curcumin is the polyphenolic pigment contributing to turmeric’s yellow colour. This polyphenol Curcumin is responsible for most of Turmeric’s health and wellness benefits.
Curcumin itself has been used for millennia as a therapeutic agent in traditional Indian (Ayurveda) and traditional Chinese medicine, and more recently by the scientific community. A search of the terms “curcumin” or “turmeric” on the PubMed website of scientific publications demonstrate this popularity. The number of publications in 2016 alone was greater than the total number of publications from years 1945-2003.)
Health Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin
- High in Antioxidants – The yellow spice can help support the bodies antioxidant defense systems. This includes the antioxidant enzymes superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase. Source
- Oxidative stress biomarkers – Curcumin has also been shown to reduce cellular oxidative stress mediators in both overweight individuals (4) and those with metabolic syndrome. Source.
- Heart health – In one study, subjects consuming curcumin reduced their levels of plasma lipids associated with cardiovascular health, (source) while in another study, curcumin improved endothelial function and supporting blood flow. (source)
- Exercise recovery – Young males supplementing with curcumin had reduced exercise-induced oxidative stress (better recovery) compared to those taking a placebo (source).
- Brain health – Researchers reported that elderly Asians who consumed curry “occasionally” or “often or very often” reported significantly better mental performance scores compared with subjects who reportedly “never or rarely” consumed curry (source). While this epidemiological study suggests only correlation and not causation, it’s consistent with the increasing accumulation of research implicating curcumin as an important nutraceutical that supports healthy brain aging (source).
Isagenix Offers Several Sources of Curcumin
Products to look out for. In addition to Brain Boost & Renewal™, Isagenix also offers other products containing highly purified curcumin. You can also find curcumin in Cleanse for Life®, IsaGenesis®, and CytoActives™.
To enjoy the maximal health benefits of this “Indian solid gold,” incorporate these Isagenix products into your daily dietary supplementation routine. A yellow curry is a great idea too, not only for the health benefits, but because it’s also delicious.
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