Turmeric contains curcuminoids, which are the plant constituents that provide anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric.
Black pepper, piperine, increases the bioavailability of curcumin by 2,000%. Being that curcumin is fat soluble, it’s wise to combine turmeric with a healthy fat to increase its absorption rate.
Turmeric has multiple benefits. Being that it reduces systemic inflammation, which has been found to play a role in nearly every chronic illness, turmeric is a phenomenal healthy go-to that is easily accessible in your kitchen, allowing you to naturally take charge of your health.
Studies have even suggested that curcumin’s anti-inflammatory properties are equally effective to anti-inflammatory pharmaceuticals without toting the harmful side effects.
Here are just three of multiple benefits of consuming turmeric:
Cancer Prevention: Multiple studies demonstrate turmeric’s cancer-fighting properties and its ability to reduce the growth of cancer cells. One of curcumin’s properties is reducing angiogenesis, which is the growth of new blood vessels that feed tumors.
Anti-Depressant: Turmeric might be nature’s Prozac. In a six week study, participants saw improvements in depression while supplementing with curcumin.
Curcumin boosts BDNF levels. BDNF, or Brain-Derived Neurotrphic Factor, plays a part in nerve cell growth and maintenance. Studies indicate that low levels of BDNF contribute to depression.
Cognitive and Neurological Health: Studies also indicate turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties may help neurological disorders, such as epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease.
But turmeric’s health benefits don’t stop there. This Ayuvedic herb has also demonstrated benefits in managing arthritis, psoriasis, eczema, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and aiding in weight loss and metabolic issues and much more.
It’s easy to incorporate turmeric into cooking. Here is a simple recipe that is fun to make and provides multiple systemic benefits such as reducing inflammation and supporting immune function:
Turmeric Tonic Balls
In herbal medicine, a tonic promotes energy and wellness, providing the body with strength and vigor. It supports multiple systems for overall well-being.
1 cup raw cashews
1 ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
3 ½ teaspoons turmeric
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
Turmeric Tonic Balls do not require baking, but you'll need a blender or Nutri-bullet to combine the ingredients.
- Put coconut in a high-speed blender until blended well. It should have an oily consistency.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and blend well.
- Press the ingredients into balls around 1 inch in diameter.
- Refrigerate for a few hours
You can roll the Turmeric Tonic Balls in extra coconut flakes as a finishing touch or consider adding another healthy topping, such as sesame seeds or cacao flakes.
Turmeric Tonic Balls have anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and help support immune function. Each ball contains approximately 140 calories, 9 grams of fat and 2 grams of dietary fiber.
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