Guest post from our friends at PuraThrive
It’s safe to say that turmeric has become one of the “superstars” of the superfood world—and for good reason. Literally thousands of studies have attested to its remarkable and far-ranging benefits, and researchers have still barely scratched the surface of its potential.
It’s one thing to say that superfoods are “good for you,” but mainstream medicine is extremely hesitant to admit that mere foods and spices can actually prevent or treat illness. The tide is turning, though—a new research movement has grown up around “functional foods,” which are defined as foods (or therapeutic components within food) that can be used to treat acute diseases and conditions.
Unsurprisingly, curcumin (the most well-studied beneficial component within turmeric) excels as a functional food. There seems to be no end to what this miraculous spice can tackle. Let’s take a look at some of the proven, ailment-specific benefits born out by research. While this list barely scratches the surface of curcumin’s healing potential, it effectively illustrates its promising future as a natural medicine.
Pain Relief and Inflammation
Curcumin is perhaps best known for its potent anti-inflammatory activity. A wealth of research has demonstrated that it relieves inflammation at its roots by inhibiting the release of pro-inflammatory chemicals, all without any of the damaging side effects of NSAIDs and prescription painkillers.
Because it works to quell inflammation at the source, curcumin is helpful for nearly all types of pain. Studies show that oral supplementation helps calm delayed onset muscle soreness after physical exertion, reduces postoperative pain, and relieves the painful symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.
It also reduces the pain associated with a wide range of inflammatory diseases—such as arthritis, dyspepsia, and ulcerative colitis—all while treating the underlying condition (rather than simply masking symptoms).
One unintended consequence of internally consuming curcumin is radiantly healthy skin because of it’s full-spectrum anti-inflammatory activity. Researchers have found that targeting inflammation is a highly effective way to treat a variety of skin conditions, including psoriasis.
Mental and Emotional Health
As nice as radiant skin is, it’s worth noting that curcumin’s benefits are much more than skin deep—researchers have found that it also works wonders for mental and emotional health.
One landmark study demonstrated that eating curcumin is as effective as Prozac for treating major depressive disorder. Subsequent studies have found that it also exhibits remarkable efficacy in cases of atypical depression, and in conjunction with conventional antidepressants (in which case it decreases neurological inflammation and attenuates depressive symptoms rapidly).
Curcumin also supports overall brain and nervous system health, boosts cognitive performance, and protects against the neurodegeneration that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease and similar conditions.
Blood Sugar Management and Metabolism
Curcumin offers great promise as an ally for those struggling with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes. A study published in Diabetes Care that daily supplementation can prevent prediabetes from progressing into type 2 diabetes (participants took curcumin for nine months). Other studies demonstrate that curcumin also aids those who already have type 2 diabetes by lowering blood sugar, reducing insulin resistance, improving beta cell function, and reducing the risk of cardiovascular complications often associated with diabetes.
Curcumin has even been shown to promote weight loss in individuals with or without metabolic syndrome. It accomplishes this feat by optimizing fat metabolism, reducing adipose tissue concentration, and aiding the transformation of white fat (the “bad” fat) into brown fat (the “good fat”).
Gastrointestinal Health and Microbiome Support
By working as a potent anti-inflammatory agent and antioxidant, curcumin effectively works on two of the greatest underlying causes of stomach disorders (inflammation and free radical proliferation). Additionally, its antimicrobial activity targets harmful bacteria while leaving beneficial bacteria intact, thus helping to balance the gut microbiome—which is essential not only for stomach health but also a staggering number of modulatory processes throughout the body.
Studies have demonstrated that curcumin is an effective treatment for ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, gastric ulcers, and more.
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Annmarie Gianni is a mother, health activist, entrepreneur, and founder of 3 successful businesses. Over ten years ago, she and her husband, Kevin, formed a team and Annmarie Skin Care was founded to provide a clean, natural skin care experience using natural, organic and wildcrafted ingredients. After a few years of focusing on creating a successful skin care business, Annmarie was able to step away and focus on raising her kids. Today, you’d find Annmarie volunteering her time at her kid’s school, helping out at community events, going on trail runs, and spending quality time with her family.
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