...and how this ancient spice can help you meet your Keto goals.
Turmeric is a deep yellow coloured spice that comes from the Turmeric plant, commonly used in Asian cuisine. It looks like a ginger root. The common curry dish you're likely familiar with relies on this earthy and warm spice. It has a bitter flavour, typically used to season or colour curries, mustards, butters and cheeses.
The yellow chemical, Curcumin, is the most important part of Turmeric - it's what makes food and cosmetics colourful - but it’s the health benefits of Curcumin that make it so relevant. Curcumin has anti-inflammatory, anti-amyloid, antiseptic, antitumor, and antioxidant properties, making it a real medicinal powerhouse.
An ingredient in Golden Milk, also known as Turmeric Milk - a traditional Ayurvedic drink that has been in use for its potential benefits every day for thousands of years - Turmeric is once again in the spotlight for the abundance of health benefits it offers, and not just to those on a Keto Diet.
Let's take a quick look at why Turmeric is so good for your body...
This mighty natural antioxidant hero battles the free-radicals roaming your cells to help fight the visible signs of ageing - lines and wrinkles, sagging skin and age spots - all while working to prevent or reduce the damage caused by oxidation.
Antioxidants are the body's champions for good health and may be beneficial in helping to reduce the damage from heart disease, cancer, arthritis, stroke, respiratory diseases, immune deficiency, emphysema, Parkinson’s disease, and other inflammatory or ischemic conditions that have all been linked to oxidation caused by free radicals.
The Antimicrobial properties of Turmeric can help for everything from external healing (acne, scarring) to help fighting bad bacteria in your stomach for improved gut health.
Boots your body's fat burning ability and tackle digestive issues with this natural Metabolic Stimulant.
Most of the benefits associated with Turmeric are due to its Anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it a powerful natural medicine to have in your arsenal when combating the day to day stresses everyday life puts on your body.
Turmeric is is often found combined with Black Pepper - for the active ingredient Piperine - and Ginger. This pair boost the benefits of turmeric with their complementary antioxidant and anti-microbial properties.
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Why is Turmeric Good for Keto?
It's easy to see how that fits into the Keto Lifestyle, promoting overall good health, calming the systems of your body, stimulating digestion and fat burning, and accelerating healing. These are all qualities that make the Keto Diet appealing, so bringing an extra friend to the party - one that enhances all the benefits of Keto - can be a wise choice.
Six common conditions that Turmeric can be good for
The health benefits of Turmeric are well documented and include the use for many common health issues such as:
Turmeric for Inflammation
Turmeric has been used in alternative and complementary medicine for centuries in the fight against inflammation. Learn how this natural anti-inflammatory works to combat the symptoms we associate with this common condition.
What is inflammation?
It’s just as important for you to understand what it is, as it is for you to recognise the signs and symptoms that show up in your body when inflammation has been triggered.
Inflammation is a natural, protective response of your body to injury or infection. It can be acute, meaning it only lasts a short time and usually resolves without treatment, or chronic, which lasts for months or years.
Inflammation occurs as a way for the immune system to protect us by removing the toxins and dead cells from our bodies, which then speeds up healing time. But if it becomes chronic - meaning it lasts more than 12 hours - then it can lead to serious health complications.
Chronic inflammation occurs when the immune system responds too quickly or inappropriately and causes an increase in inflammatory cells which leads to swelling, pain, and tissue damage.
What causes inflammation?
All sorts of things can cause inflammation:
viruses and bacteria that enter the body through cuts in the skin
inflammatory conditions and diseases like arthritis
allergies and food intolerances
How does Turmeric help with inflammation?
Turmeric has been used for centuries as a natural medicinal agent, for the anti-inflammatory properties of the compound Curcumin. Studies have shown Curcumin has a beneficial effect on inflammatory conditions, metabolic syndrome, arthritis, anxiety, hyper-lipidemia, exercise-induced inflammation and muscle soreness.
The Polyphenols - micronutrients that we get from the food we eat - in Curcumin help inhibit enzymes that have pro-inflammatory properties.
The anti-inflammatory benefits of Turmeric can be best seen at a medicinal dose. How much Turmeric (Curcumin) you need may vary, but the recommended dose for inflammation is 500–2,000 mg Turmeric daily.
Turmeric for Digestive Issues
Before Keto, digestive issues plagued my life. To be honest, my entire family seem to have digestive issues. Would it surprise you to hear that GP's in the UK spend up to 10% of their time
seeing patients with various digestive issues?