What Turmeric Does to Your Body

Reviewed on 5/26/2021
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Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties

Turmeric has numerous benefits for both your body and brain. Curcumin, which gives turmeric its characteristic yellow color, is responsible for the majority of its health benefits. 

Numerous preclinical trials have shown promising effects of curcumin in the treatment of heart disease, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, gastrointestinal disorders and metabolic syndrome. This is due to curcumin’s powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

What are the potential health benefits of turmeric?

When consumed in moderation, turmeric can have significant health benefits: 

Turmeric does not absorb into the body easily when taken alone. So in order to achieve maximum health benefits, turmeric should be consumed with black pepper, which contains a compound called piperine that boosts the absorption of turmeric in the body. Cooking turmeric with oil also helps the body absorb more curcumin.

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References
https://www.webmd.com/diet/ss/slideshow-turmeric

https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-662/turmeric

https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/turmeric

https://journals.lww.com/nutritiontodayonline/fulltext/2020/01000/turmeric__potential_health_benefits.9.aspx

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