Within the constantly trending world of super-foods, many of them come and go, but, turmeric is here to stay. Turmeric is a spice derived from the root of the curcuma longa plant which is primarily grown in India. It has long been a highly prized ingredient in both ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. Tumeric contains "curcumin" which is a powerful plant compound that increases health and vitality by boosting the immune system and eliminating gut bacteria. According to a study at Boston-Tufts University, one of the most incredible aspects of curcumin is that it zaps fat by causing the fat cells to self-destruct in a process called apoptosis, a type of healthy cellar disintegration. The curcumin attaches itself to the fat cells and the cells react by shrinking and contracting and are eventually broken down completely by the process.
Long term studies in mice have shown that the mice who were fed tumeric showed nearly 50 percent less fat despite eating a high fat diet. Studies have also shown that tumeric has anti-inflammatory properties, increases metabolism, detoxifies the liver and guards against Cancer, primarily, in breasts, lungs, and colon. The effects of cucumin on the liver is very beneficial because the liver reduces waste in the body and helps to curtail sickness form inflammation. Approximately one teaspoon daily of tumeric should result in a steady weight-loss for over-weight individuals. According to many medical experts, this amount will also prevent weight gain in people who are already at a healthy weight. Studies have also shown that taking tumeric can aid in physical exercise by reducing joint pain from inflammation.
One of the best things about the curcumin in tumeric is that it has no toxicity level. This allows for people to eat as much as they want and as often as they like. Tumeric has traditionally been used as a cooking spice known for its rich russet color and peppery taste. Another wonderful benefit is that it is also very affordable as an eight to ten ounce bottle averages around five dollars and available in most super-markets. If you are not into cooking with tumeric, no worries, the supplements are available at health-food stores and online.
Drinking a tumeric infused smoothie in the morning will boost your metabolism throughout the day. You can also add it into shakes, and freshly squeezed juices. Sprinkle tumeric on whole wheat toast with honey or sprinkle on scrambled eggs to boost their nutritional value. Any way you use tumeric, you will benefit from its outstanding properties to your overall health and well being.
Article written by Linda Morgan Smith