These are the little-known health benefits of turmeric

These are the little-known health benefits of turmeric
These are the little-known health benefits of turmeric

Fresh turmeric root next to a mortar with ground turmeric – (Illustrative Image Infobae

The turmerican ancient condiment originating from South of Asia, has gained prominence in the field of cognitive health and the treatment of inflammatory diseases thanks to its active compounds with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Current research indicates that the curcumin, the main active component of turmeric, plays a significant role in improving memory and reducing inflammatory processes in the body. In particular, a study published in The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry has revealed a notable impact of curcumin in increasing cognitive performance in older adults without dementia.

Turmeric is a spice which is obtained from dried and ground rhizome of the plant Curcuma longa, belonging to the ginger family. It is native to South Asia, where it was used both in gastronomy to give foods an intense yellow color, and in traditional medicine due to its therapeutic properties.

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The rhizomes of the plant, which can be used fresh or processed by boiling, drying, and then grinding into powder. It is available in various forms like capsules, teas and extracts. According to Nicole Hopsecger, a nutrition expert at the Cleveland Clinic in the United States, turmeric provides numerous health benefitswhich makes its inclusion in the daily diet recommended.

A recent clinical trial published in The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry revealed a promising discovery for cognitive health: curcumin, an active component of turmeric, could have beneficial effects on improving memory in adults without dementia. It was observed that daily consumption of 90 milligrams of curcumin, administered twice a day for a period of 18 months, leads to a notable improvement in memory performance of those who participated in the study.

The research focuses on the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of curcumin, suggesting that these components are key in the prevention of neurocognitive impairment. “The researchers thought that the reduction in brain inflammation and the antioxidant properties of curcumin led to a less impairment of neurocognition, which is the ability to think and reasonHopsecger explained. This finding not only opens new avenues for the treatment of age-related diseases and cognitive decline, but also highlights the importance of further exploring the potential benefits of natural compounds in medicine.

This research could represent a change in the way the brain care through diet and supplementation. However, Hopseger stressed the importance of proceeding with caution and always consult a health professional if you have any questions or concerns about memory problems. That is, while the results are promising, each individual has unique needs and health conditions that must be considered.

Also thanks to curcumin, its main active component, turmeric offers properties anti-inflammatory. This phytochemical agent intervenes in the body’s inflammatory processes by inhibit activity of specific molecules and enzymes involved in inflammation. Among these, cyclooxygenases (COX) and lipoxygenases (LOX) stand out, as well as nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB), all of which play central roles in the development and maintenance of inflammatory processes. To the block these mechanismscurcumin helps reduce inflammation and modulates the body’s response.

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Furthermore, his ability to act as a powerful antioxidant complements its anti-inflammatory function. By neutralizing free radicals and protecting against oxidative stress, curcumin reduces cellular damage that can lead to inflammation. This dual mechanism of action, both anti-inflammatory and antioxidantmakes turmeric a therapeutic agent against a variety of chronic inflammatory conditions, including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and certain types of cancerrelieving symptoms and promoting general health.

Turmeric, beyond improving memory and relieving inflammation, offers several other benefits to health. Among them, its antioxidant properties stand out, which help combat cellular damage caused by free radicals, thus contributing to the prevention of chronic diseases and to healthy aging. Likewise, the curcumin present in turmeric showed potential to heal heart healthby improving the endothelial function and reduce the risk of formation of clots and arteriosclerosis.

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Additionally, studies suggest that turmeric may play a role in prevention and treatment of certain types of cancer, due to its ability to influence various biological processes involved in the development and progression of the disease. It was also noted that turmeric may contribute to digestive health, relieving symptoms of disorders such as indigestion and inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. On the other hand, its effect on the regulation of blood glucose levels and the improvement of insulin sensitivitywhich could be beneficial for diabetes management.

Turmeric can be consumed in various ways, both with culinary and medicinal purposes. A common way to integrate it into your daily diet is by adding it in powder form to soups, stews, rice, and especially in dishes that have curry, since it is one of its main ingredients. It can also be used to prepare infusions or teasmixing it with hot water and, if desired, adding other ingredients such as lemon, honey or ginger to improve its flavor.

For purposes therapeuticturmeric is available in capsules and extracts, which offer a concentrated dose of curcumin. It is important to consider that the absorption of curcumin by the body is significantly improved when consumed together with black pepperwhich contains piperine, which increases its bioavailability. Furthermore, combine it with healthy fats as olive oil can facilitate its absorption, since curcumin is fat soluble.

 
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