Hi guys, today I tried to add turmeric and pepper to my smoothie and although I have not quite mastered the exact ratios (because it did taste quite turmeric-y), I reckon I can make this work. I just need to have another go at it (or two) before I share the recipe with you. Stay tuned :)
Tumeric has an active compound in it called curcumin, which has many scientifically proven health benefits. Here is four:
- Studies have shown that Curcurmin is a strong anti-inflammatory, and it works to fight inflammation at a molecular level. Apparently it is so effective that it matches the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs without the side effects! Now, not all inflammation is bad guys. Short-term inflammation actually helps your body fight foreign invaders and also plays role in repairing damage. What is bad is the chronic type of inflammation that scientists believe plays a major role in every chronic Western disease, such as heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and various degenerative conditions. Curcumin helps fights this type of inflammation.
- Curcumin is a potent antioxidant that fights the free radicals that are trying to create havoc in your body. Curcumin also stimulates your body’s own antioxidant enzymes providing you further damage from oxidative damage which is believed to be one of the reasons behind aging and many other diseases.
- Curcumin boosts BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor) a type of growth hormone that functions in your brain. Low levels of BDNF have been linked to Alzheimer’s and depression.
- Several studies have shown Curcumin supplements significantly help people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. This is mostly because it helps ease the inflammation in the joints.
Pepper has it’s own list of benefits, but the main is that it helps to boost the absorption of curcumin.
So there you have it guys. Tumeric and Pepper...I'm calling it - SOULMATES. I’ll come back soon into your mailbox with the perfect recipe.
Keep glowing always,
PS. I love researching the magical superpowers of food and sharing it with you. My blogs are not intended to replace medical advice but to encourage little healthy habits that we can incorporate daily to help us feel like the queens we are. Please always consult your healthcare professional for any personal medical advice as each individual is different.