Just One Pinch Of Turmeric A Day Can Change Your Life
Step aside precious metals, because there is a new GOLD in town!
According to a study conducted by researchers from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, eating a single gram of TURMERIC each day could cause short-term memory improvements in people predisposed to memory loss.
“Our findings with turmeric are consistent with these observations, insofar as they appear to influence cognitive function where there is disordered energy metabolism and insulin resistance,” researcher Mark Wahlqvist said.
Turmeric root has been used as a spice and medicine for thousands of years and is still an important component in traditional Asian cooking and medicinal systems. As a key component of curry powders, turmeric is what gives these dishes their gold color.
That golden color itself comes from a trio of chemicals known as “curcuminoids.” The most commonly known curcuminoid is curcumin, which is packed with antioxidants, is anti-inflammatory and has a plethora of other health-promoting benefits, such as:
Natural liver detoxifier
Protects from free radicals
Prevents premature aging
Turmeric And Memory: Six-Hour Boost
The new study involved testing the working memories of adults over the age of 60 who had recently been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, but who were not receiving treatment. Diabetes is known to be associated with memory loss.
Participants were given a breakfast of white bread and supplemented with either 1 gram of turmeric or a placebo. Their memories were tested both before the meal and after it.
“We found that this modest addition to breakfast improved working memory over six hours in older people with pre-diabetes,” Wahlqvist said.
As the world’s population ages, health experts believe that the prevalence of conditions linked to memory loss will rise, including diabetes and dementia. The researchers suggested that early intervention, including using turmeric, might lessen the prevalence of these conditions.
“Working memory is widely thought to be one of the most important mental faculties, critical for cognitive abilities such as planning, problem-solving and reasoning,” Wahlqvist said. “Assessment of working memory is simple and convenient, but it is also very useful in the appraisal of cognition and in predicting future impairment and dementia.”
The Power Of Curcumin
Research has also linked turmeric and curcumin more directly to reduced dementia risk. A 2009 study conducted by researchers from Duke University found that curcumin caused changes in the brain and counteracted some of the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.
Curcumin specifically targeted the amyloid plaques believed to be one of the main causes of brain damage (and therefore symptoms).
“There is very solid evidence that curcumin binds to plaques, and basic research on animals engineered to produce human amyloid plaques has shown benefits,” researcher Murali Doraiswamy said. “You can modify a mouse so that at about 12 months its brain is riddled with plaques. If you feed this rat a curcumin-rich diet, it dissolves these plaques. The same diet prevented younger mice from forming new plaques.”
Diet and exercise are still the two best ways to prevent the disease! However, eating curry regularly and using turmeric in your cooking could help prevent dementia.
A series of 2013 studies conducted by researchers from the University of Tsukuba in Japan found that curcumin improved two measures of cardiovascular health as much as aerobic exercise did, while the two together provided the greatest benefit.
Research has shown a wide variety of other benefits from turmeric and curcumin, including:
Improving cancer prognosis
Improving heart health
Reducing body fat
How To Use Turmeric
Here is how you can incorporate this brain-boosting ingredient into your diet today:
Add a pinch to flavor any dish (quinoa, rice, salads)
Make a turmeric tea or latte (make sure to add a pinch of black pepper for maximum absorption!)
Drink some Detoxing Turmeric Broth
Don’t Like The Taste? Here Are Some Ideas…
Give Our Organifi Gold A Try – This is our newest blend of superfoods, including turmeric, ginger, black pepper, cinnamon, Reishi, turkey tail, lemon balm, coconut milk, acacia fiber, monk fruit and vanilla. It can be made into a warming drink that almost tastes like a cookie and you can’t even tell you’re taking turmeric.
Take Daily Turmeric Capsules – Take it in supplement form, like our Daily Turmeric capsules. These are made with the best quality turmeric as well as black pepper to make sure you’re getting the most benefits you can (black pepper helps activate turmeric), while not even having to taste a thing.
Mask The Taste – You can easily mix some turmeric into your smoothies, soups and other recipes to hide the taste and still reap the benefits. After all, it only takes a pinch of the stuff to help make an impact on your health.
Make Hot Chocolate – You can also find healthy, delicious superfood hot chocolate recipes that include turmeric, such as the one HERE and enjoy it as a dessert. You wouldn’t even remember you were drinking superfood spices while enjoying a surprisingly healthy treat.
Always remember THE GREATEST WEALTH IS HEALTH – and using turmeric as part of your daily wellness routine will certainly make you rich!