The incredible benefits of turmeric work to significantly improve your health.
Ever heard of golden milk? It’s one of absolute favorite ways to really reap the benefits of turmeric. Plus, it’s warm and delicious– perfect for the coming winter months.
So how can turmeric improve your health?
5 potential benefits of turmeric (backed by science)
1. Antioxidant powerhouse
The active ingredient in turmeric – curcumin – packs in a ton of antioxidant properties. Antioxidants, compounds that work to protect the body from oxidative stress, work to fight cell damage and lower the risk of infections and disease.
2. Reduces inflammation
Some studies suggest that turmeric may be as potent of an anti inflammatory as anti inflammatory drugs like Advil. These anti-inflammatory properties help reduce joint pain, help with menstrual cramps, reduce headaches etc. Plus, studies show that inflammation is the often the root cause of most ailments and chronic diseases – especially with ridiculous amounts of sugar in the standard American diet. So, it’s always a good idea to reduce the inflammation in your body whenever you can.
3. Mood booster
Studies have also shown that turmeric can help with you mood! For example, one study (it was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial for all you research nerds like me) found that turmeric significantly improved the mood in older adults. Also, these study participant also showed improvements in sustained attention and working memory tasks! Plus, other studies have also found that turmeric may better the symptoms of depression – another amazing find!
4. Strengthens immune system
Because of turmeric high amounts of antioxidant, it can really help to boost your immune system. Research has also found that turmeric has anti fungal and anti viral properties that work to protect the body from infections.
5. Improves digestion
Turmeric helps with constipation and will up how often you poop. This helps a ton with the overall state of your digestion. Plus, turmeric helps to improve fat digestion because it increases bile production.
Now that you know how beneficial turmeric can be, I bet you’re wondering how to incorporate turmeric into you diet.
My favorite way to have turmeric? Golden Milk!!
Golden milk combines turmeric with warm milk and other spices, making a delicious, warming drink. If you are interested in making your own golden milk, this recipe from Epicurious is one of my favorites. Alternatively, you can buy golden milk from Thrive Market or on Amazon.