Magic spice? The amazing benefits of Turmeric

raw-ground-turmericTurmeric is also referred to as Curcuma or Koenjit, depending on the part of the world or even language. It comes of a plant named Curcuma longa and is of the ginger family. It has its origin in Southern Asia and it is used in cuisines from for instance Bangladesh, India, Iran, Pakistan and Indonesia.

One of the chemical components turmeric consists of is called curcumin. This specific element is giving impressive benefits. Firstly it is able to help the body get rid of several reactive oxygen and nitrogen elements. Also, it helps to stimulate the NRF2 pathway. This is an essential genetic pathway, which on its turn activates another set of antioxidant genes. There are more detailed benefits that you can read further in the sources, as listed below.turmeric written

Curcumin is a natural anti-inflammatory element, increases the bodies anti-oxidant capacity, improves brain function and lowers the risk of heart disease. These benefits and advantages are more than enough reason to include the use of turmeric in your diet.

turmeric-on-spoonMe personally, I try to use turmeric when I am frying an egg or making a salad. You can also add it to soups, curry, sauces or any other recipe of your liking. It will help you stay healthy!


Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turmeric

https://www.onnit.com/academy/ingredient-spotlight-turmeric/


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