Turmeric contains bioactive compounds with strong medicinal value
Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow color. It has a culinary medicinal history in India for thousands of years. New research has found that the root of the herb does contain compounds that have health benefits. These are called turmeric compounds, of which curcumin is important.
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric, has anti-inflammatory properties is a powerful antioxidant. However, the curcumin component in turmeric is high by weight, only about 3 percent. Most studies based on this herb use turmeric extract (containing polycurcumin), usually at a dose of 1 gram per day. However, the amount of turmeric in food is difficult to reach. Therefore, if you want to have a therapeutic effect, you should take an extract containing a sufficient amount of curcumin.
It should be noted that curcumin is difficult to absorb into the bloodstream. However, consumption with black pepper helps absorption, a natural compound that increases the absorption rate of curcumin by 2,000 times. In addition, curcumin is also fat-soluble, so it works well with high-fat foods.
Curcumin is a natural anti-inflammatory compound
Inflammation is an important bodily function. It helps defend against foreign invaders plays a role in repairing damage. Without inflammation, pathogens like bacteria can easily control the body kill us. Although acute inflammation can be beneficial, chronic inflammation can become a problem can improperly resist the body's own tissues.
In fact, many chronic diseases are associated with chronic low levels of inflammation, such as heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, alzheimer's disease, various degenerative diseases. So anything that helps fight chronic inflammation is good for preventing even treating these diseases. Curcumin is as effective as some anti-inflammatory drugs because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
3. Turmeric significantly improves the antioxidant capacity of human body
Oxidative damage is considered one of the causes of aging many diseases. It involves free radicals, highly reactive molecules with unpaired electrons. Free radicals have a tendency to react with vital organ substances such as fatty acids, proteins, DNA. Antioxidants are beneficial because they protect the body free radical damage. Curcumin happens to be a powerful antioxidant that counteracts the effects of free radicals. In addition, curcumin can promote the body's own antioxidant enzyme activity.
4. Curcumin improves brain-derived neurotrophic factor
Curcumin improves brain function reduces the risk of brain disease. It was previously thought that neurons could divide multiply after infancy. However, it is now known that it will happen. Neurons have the ability to form new connections, but in specific areas of the brain, can multiply increase in number. One of the main drivers of this process is brain-derived Neurotrophic Factor, a growth hormone for Brain function. Many common brain diseases, such as depression alzheimer's disease, have been linked to a decrease in this hormone.
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