In case you’ve never heard of it, turmeric is a ground-up spice found in a yellow, seedless plant native to India. If you’ve ever indulged in a curry dish, you probably unknowingly eaten turmeric, an incredible natural alternative to many modern-day medications. Turmeric’s beautiful bright yellow color has led to its nickname “the golden spice,” gracing countless cultures around
South Asia with its gorgeous color and unmistakable flavor and aroma. If you often feel tired or lethargic, many scientists and dietitians have suggested that adding turmeric to your diet could be a simple solution.
Research shows that taking a turmeric or curcumin supplement is a simple way to add it into your day. But what is curcumin? It is the effective ingredient in the Turmeric root. In fact, only 3% -5% of the turmeric root is comprised of the curcumin compound. This compound significantly lowers levels of fatigue and boosts overall energy and brain power by increasing the levels of growth hormone in your brain, also increasing the mind’s ability to function effectively and focus.
Curcumin is a major energy booster, increasing brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which stimulates the hippocampus, a brain area with a role in learning and memory. Curcumin can also boost the brain neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, boosting energy and mood. By decreasing inflammation, turmeric’s curcumin revitalizes the body, kickstarting your metabolism and even promoting healthy digestion.
Turmeric has been a staple of Ayurveda (Ancient Indian medicine) for more than 4,000 years. An incredible benefit of turmeric is its ability to soothe sore muscles and wash away joint pain; according to a 2009 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, the curcumin compound found in turmeric provides an equivalent amount of pain relief to ibuprofen. Other studies have shown turmeric to have antifungal and antibacterial properties, the ability to promote immunity and protect against illness and disease.
There are thousands of studies that tout the benefits of this spice. An easy way to add it to your diet is to sprinkle it into any foods your are making or take a curcumin supplement. However, when buying one, it can be confusing. Make sure to look for a product that has curcumoids that are ‘standardized to 95%’ or another format that has been formulated to give you the effective ingredient in turmeric. Also, be sure to find a formula that has black pepper or some kind of oils to help it absorb into your body. There are also lattes, drinks, and foods that you can add to your diet – pick the best way for you!