Inflammation. We always hear it’s bad. But why?
Normally, inflammation is actually a good thing.
It is the body’s way of healing itself after an injury, of defending against viruses and bacteria and repairing damaged tissue.
When the body detects there’s a problem, it sends white blood cells flooding to the area to repair the damage. This results in increased blood flow and a temporary swelling of cells in the infected area. After the damage or threat is removed, the inflammation will reduce on its own.
Problems occur when the inflammation goes on for weeks, or even months. This is known as “chronic inflammation” and is to blame for almost all disease and long-term sickness. This includes heart disease, arthritis, asthma and tuberculosis.
Turmeric is nature’s anti-inflammatory
Doctors can prescribe anti-inflammatory painkillers to provide short-term relief. But long-term use may cause side effects, including stomach ulcers, heartburn and kidney problems.
Thankfully, there are natural alternatives, which some studies suggest may be just as effective yet with fewer side effects.
One of the most popular anti-inflammatories in preventative medicine is Turmeric. This is more commonly known as a spice in Indian food. However, it’s wide range of health benefits has led to it getting the nickname “Cure-cumin”.
Along with reducing inflammation and reducing inflammation related pain, some studies have suggested that Turmeric may be effective at lowering high blood pressure and preventing the spread of cancerous cells.
Get it naturally through food
If you love India or Thai food then you have an excellent excuse to eat more of it.
Another option is to take Turmeric in supplement form. Just make sure you get a supplement containing 95% curcuminoids, along with coconut oil or black pepper to help absorption.
Warning – Never take Curcumin in combination with blood thinning medication. You should always consult your doctor before taking supplements as they may interfere with any medications you are taking. Statements made in this article have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA. The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.