Five Surprising Health Benefits of Turmeric
Updated: Apr 26
By now you’ve heard the incredible buzz surrounding the health benefits of turmeric, but did you know it’s one of the most effective nutritional supplements in the world? Let me walk you through the top five reasons to add turmeric to your health routine today.
Inflammation is at the core of most Western diseases, but with medicinal superstar turmeric on your side—you are a fierce warrior. The healing compound in turmeric is curcumin, and it’s been scientifically proven to target inflammation at a molecular level. In other words, it helps treat diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s disease, and many more. I suggest sprinkling some on your salad and reaping the powerful benefits of this ancient Indian spice.
Good for Your Heart
Nurture the most precious organ in your body by showing it some love. Curcumin has been proven to reduce overall cholesterol and levels of bad cholesterol (LDL). Basically, it communicates and stimulates the genes in your liver to increase the production of LDL receptors that bind to your blood and helps clear the body. The rich antioxidant properties keep LDL cholesterol from oxidizing and developing plaque, keeping your arteries nice and clean. When you think about your body, remember your heart is the power source. Turmeric is a tasty way to give yourself a loving boost. Add it to your roasted veggies, or sneak it into a smoothie or juice.
Boosts Skin Radiance
As much as I love the flavor of turmeric, it's also brilliant for topical application. I once took an Ayurvedic recipe class that suggested you should be able to eat anything that you put on your body. Although the concept is a little odd, I like the idea of your face mask being nonpoisonous and edible. Give your skin a boost by adding it to your hotlist. Turmeric is magic for your skin—repairing acne scars, minimizing pores, and easing symptoms of psoriasis and rosacea. One of my favorites is Kiehl's Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask, sold at Kiehl's or Sephora locations nationwide. But you can also make a mask at home, using common ingredients such as yogurt, honey, and store-bought turmeric spice powder. Treat your skin to the profoundly repairing and rejuvenating features of this antioxidant-rich spice, that will bring compliments from friends and admirers afar.
Prevents Blood Clots
Nobody wants blood clots in their life, that’s why we try to exercise regularly and manage our weight. However, there is evidence that turmeric reduces the risk of platelet aggregation which is essentially blood clotting. So stretch those legs and make a piping hot mug of Vegan Golden Milk, I enjoy the recipe by the minimalist baker.
Fights Depression Symptoms
For added pep in your step, add turmeric to your scrambled eggs in the morning. Depression is one of the most common mental health issues in the United States affecting people of all ages. According to a study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research, curcumin impacts neurotransmitter function and may be as effective if not more effective than fluoxetine (PROZAC®). When given the option between an antidepressant or a holistic solution, the answer is clear—let nature provide.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the top five health benefits of adding turmeric to your meals and beauty routine. Next time you reach for your blender, consider my helpful suggestions. I love turmeric and so should you. Spend the afternoon experimenting, and please share your innovative ideas below.