Posted by IdealVitamins Staff

Turmeric is fast rising in popularity in the west after being used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb.

Turmeric has many benefits because it contains compounds called curcuminoids. The most important is curcumin, which has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.

Here are some of the benefits of taking turmeric:

  • Curcumin can inhibit many molecules known to play major roles in inflammation.
  • Curcumin has powerful antioxidant effects. It neutralizes free radicals on its own, then stimulates the body’s own antioxidant enzymes.
  • Curcumin boosts levels of the brain hormone BDNF, which increases the growth of new neurons and fights various degenerative processes in the brain.
  • Curcumin improves the function of the endothelium and is a potent anti-inflammatory agent and antioxidant.
  • Turmeric has many healing properties for skin. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory so it reduces redness or other skin irritations. It’s antibacterial, so it’s great for blemishes, acne and skin balance.
  • Curcumin leads to several changes on the molecular level that may help prevent cancer.
  • Curcumin can cross the blood-brain barrier and has been shown to lead to various improvements in the pathological process of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Curcumin can help treat symptoms of arthritis and is in some cases more effective than anti-inflammatory drugs.

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