Since we have now officially slid into fall with cooler weather and all the spiced pumpkin you could ever hope for, it’s a good chance to review a spice that matches fall’s colors and has some great health benefits. Turmeric, often found in Indian cuisine, is good for that noggin that rides around on your shoulders. It has other health benefits too, and the herb can spice up other foods as well.
Here’s a brief (we’re not all molecular biologists here) explanation about why turmeric is so valuable.
Turmeric contains curcumin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Most studies use turmeric extracts that are standardized to include large amounts of curcumin. Curcumin itself boosts levels of the brain hormone BDNF, which increases the growth of new neurons and may help fight various degenerative processes in your brain. Turmeric — and especially its most active compound, curcumin — have many scientifically proven health benefits, such as the potential to improve heart health and prevent against Alzheimer’s and cancer. It’s a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It may also help improve symptoms of depression and arthritis.Gunnars, Kris for Healthline
Is it a wonder-drug masquerading as an herb? Maybe not, but there are some health benefits and further research may lead to improvements in the bioavailability of the curcumin that seems to be so beneficial. Plus, it’s that lovely golden color!
You can easily try adding a little bit of turmeric to stir fry, take a supplement with it, or make some turmeric tea. Give it a try and see if you experience reduced inflammation or better focus.