Turmeric has been around for centuries! In fact, it is known as the golden spice of India and most commonly for its use in curries. More recently, the Western world has cottoned on to the many health benefits of this super spice, and it can be found in everything from smoothies, yoghurt (MOO Mango & Turmeric Yoghurt anyone?), juices, and even lattes.
We’ve listed the amazing benefits of turmeric below!
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric, a substance which boasts powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is a root cause of many health conditions, with turmeric’s key anti-inflammatory properties offering protective benefits.
Turmeric has been shown to increase antioxidant capacity and help fight free-radical damage; particularly good for the immune system and brain function.
The curcumin in turmeric can help protect your heart through reducing inflammation and free-radical damage.
Again, turmeric’s awesome anti-inflammatory properties have been used to treat inflammatory bowel conditions.
Curcumin has been studied for its potential to boost brain health by suppporting levels of a hormone called BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor), which plays a role in long-term cognitive function.
Curcumin’s impact on BDNF has also been shown to have a potential use in depression treatment by reversing brain changes that occur in depression. It also has the potential to boost mood-regulating neurotransmitters like seratonin and dopamine.