If you haven't heard of turmeric this past year, then you probably haven't been paying close enough attention. It's popped up everywhere — celebrities praise it frequently and there are have been over 15,000 published academic manuscripts studying it. So what's the deal with this so-called superfood?
There's evidence that curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric that gives it both its yellow tint and its awesome properties, can reduce levels of inflammation. Since chronic inflammation has been linked to a host of illnesses, bringing those levels of inflammation down can help overall health.
New York registered dietitian Tanya Freirich told GQ that turmeric's anti-inflammatory properties can even help with joint pain, osteoarthritis, and Crohn's disease, as well as reduce a person's cancer risk.
It aids digestion.
Turmeric kickstarts the body's production of bile, which is essential in breaking down and digesting fats, and it can reportedly help ease both gas and bloating. (Personal reports can also definitely attest to turmeric's digestion-easing powers.)
It could improve mood & wellbeing.
According to several studies, curcumin has been seen to boost brain-derived neurotrophic factor — BDNF, a brain chemical — in animals. Low BDNF has been associated with depression and other illnesses, so increases in BDNF are supposed to improve mood and mental health.
It's tasty (& very Instagrammable).
Some scientists argue that the amount of curcumin needed to produce noticeable health effects is so high that most people couldn't achieve them by simply adding more turmeric to their diets. However, adding healthy, tasty spices to your diet definitely can't hurt —especially if you do it while adding in other healthy swaps.
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