The Power of Turmeric

I think it's important to talk about inflammation during February which is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the most prevalent disease in our country, beating out any cancer. This is obviously a huge issue for this nation. And mainly, it all comes down to one thing: inflammation. 

Which leads me to turmeric. Which leads me to curcumin, the yellow pigment responsible for turmeric's anti-inflammatory magic. Curcumin's anti-inflammatory effects in several studies has been compared to many cortisone and phenylbutazone drugs, as well over the counter meds like Motrin.

The problem with these drugs is that they can have major side effects like stomach ulcers, intestinal bleeding, a decrease in white blood cell count and toxicity. Curcumin does none of that.

 A Turmeric peace sign and tea.

A Turmeric peace sign and tea.

It also, miraculously, acts as an antioxidant, protecting healthy cells from free radicals. The anti-cancer effects of curcumin are many. As for heart disease, turmeric lowers overall cholesterol and the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Oxidized cholesterol is what damages blood vessels and builds up plaque in the arteries. The plaque, the build-up is what leads to heart attack or stroke. 

Turmeric is available in its natural root form (great for juicing, especially after a yoga workout), or as a ground powder as a supplement. Fresh is best. It can keep in the fridge for a month. I love a good tea too. 

 

Watch out for that powerful pigment! It will stain you and your clothes. Indicative of its powerful effects I'm sure.