Curcumin appears to be universally useful for just about every type of cancer including the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) according to a recent 2013 study published in Cancer Prevention. (4)
3. Turmeric For Liver Detox
Studies show that turmeric can improve the production and flow of bile, which makes it a powerful liver cleanser that can also help to rejuvenate your liver cells and hence, their ability to break down toxins. (5)
4. Turmeric Vs. Alzheimer’s
According to Dr. Bharat B. Aggarwal, researcher and author of a study called, “Targeting Inflammatory Pathways by Dietary Spices for Prevention and Therapy of Cancer and Other Chronic Diseases (6),” turmeric is very helpful in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, “Because Alzheimer’s disease is caused in part by amyloid-induced inflammation, [and] curcumin has been shown to be effective against inflammation.
Currently, there are clinical trials in progress at UCLA in which the effects of curcumin for Alzheimer’s disease are being tested.
5. Turmeric For Heart Health
There are numerous studies on the cardio-protective properties of turmeric.
One study published in the American Journal of Cardiology showed that turmeric extract can actually reduce “post-bypass heart attack risk” by as much as 56 percent (7).
Another study published in Nutrition Research, revealed that taking curcumin can be as effective as a moderate aerobic exercise training regimen for improving vascular function in postmenopausal women (8)—that’s not to say that you should ditch exercise for a daily dose of turmeric, however.
Exercise is and always will be essential to a healthy body. The study just shows the power of this otherwise unassuming spice.
6. Turmeric And Overall Brain Function
According to a study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology titled, “Investigation of the effects of solid lipid curcumin on cognition and mood in a healthy older population,” curcumin can improve memory and mood not only with just one dose, but as well, in just one hour! (9)
Further, when taken for 4 weeks, the daily 400 mg dose of curcumin improved the participant’s overall working memory and mood, revealing a positive change in their “state [of] calmness, contentedness and fatigue induced by psychological stress.”
Turmeric is also helpful for:
- Healthy cell formation
- Immune support
- Wound healing (Johnson and Johnson even have curcumin-containing Band-Aid in India)
- Weigh management
- Cystic fibrosis
- Type 2 diabetes
- Crohn’s disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBS)
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Muscle regeneration
One Last Thing About Turmeric…
While turmeric is certainly proving to be a powerhouse medicinal, it has also been found that in order to improve its bioavailability (how well your body can use the therapeutic benefits of the spice) you also need to add black pepper and a healthy fat.
Golden Milk is actually a two-part recipe. First you must make the Golden Paste—curcumin mixed with the black pepper. The paste can be stored in your refrigerator and used every time you want to drink some.
To learn how to make a warm cup of Golden Milk, go here.