Compared to the West, Asian counties have long known Turmeric to be of great value. From our curries to a lot of ancient medicinal practices, most of us do consume it from time to time. Researchers have only recently realized it's untapped medicinal capacity.
However, the highly beneficial compounds - the curcuminoids - present in turmeric are not used as much as we'd like to.
The reason: The Curcumin (the most important of those compounds) content in usual dozes remains at 3% of the amount of turmeric we generally use (like in food and stuff).
But if taken in a bit higher amount that just in curries and regular cooking, here's what Turmeric's benefits can be:
You may have heard of how free radicals (highly reactive molecules with unpaired electrons) damage our bodies over time. These free radicals react with our body's proteins, fatty acids, and DNA.
In addition, Turmeric also boosts our body's own anti-oxidant enzymes.
Depression is scietifically linked with low evels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and a shrinking hippocampus, a brain area with a role in learning and memory.
Curcumin boosts BDNF levels, potentially reversing some of these changes - so it can work as a natural anti-depressant.
Moreover, there is also some evidence that curcumin can boost the brain neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine - hormones which can fight depression.
Low-level inflammation that stays for too long play a big role in causing more sever disorders - like cancer, metabolic syndrom, and even Alzheimer's. Since Turmeric's curcumin is also strongly anti-inflammatory - it's so powerful that it's effects match those of some prescription drugs!
Though more scietific evidence needs to make this clear, a 2017 study has shown some hope. Researchers found that a combination of omega-3 fatty acids and curcumin reduced the production of the protein tumor necrosis factor (TNF), which causes pain.
Also, people taking that combination had fewer migrane attacks.
The neurons in our brain are capable making new connections. One of the main drivers of this process is brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) - a type of growth hormone present in our brain.
curcumin can increase brain levels of BDNF. And in doing so, it may ffective in delaying or even reversing many brain diseases and age-related decreases in brain function.
How to get Turmeric's best effect?
Try taking it with black pepper - which has piperine - that increases the absorption of curucumin in our bloodstream by 2000%.