NEW study reveals how MORE turmeric will improve gut health
(NaturalHealth365) Let’s be clear about one thing: gut health matters, in more ways than we can often imagine.
Obviously, a healthy digestive system is important – in order to digest food properly and to absorb nutrients efficiently. But, you also want things running smoothly since gut health is closely tied to the strength of our immune system.
In other words, a sick gut usually ends up making a sick body and mind.
As a side note, often overlooked by too many healthcare providers, we must never forget that an unhealthy digestive system – unaddressed over time – will negatively impact our emotional well-being.
Wondering how to avoid poor gut health? Make sure there is a balanced (and diverse!) array of bacteria living inside your digestive system. These 9 steps can go a long way toward protecting your health.
But, today, let’s focus our attention to turmeric – the yellow spice that made curry famous – as one of the best natural substances to make our gut bacteria such ‘happy little campers.’
Discover why consuming turmeric will improve gut health, according to NEW double-blind, randomized controlled trial
Turmeric is a spice derived from the Curcuma longa plant (a ginger relative). The spice contains compounds called curcuminoids – the most potent and medicinal of which is an antioxidant known as curcumin.
In a new study published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine, a team of researchers wanted to see how turmeric and curcumin affected gut health. They discovered that compared to test subjects taking a placebo, people who took a turmeric supplement for 2 months had a nearly 70% increase in bacteria species in their guts.
Here’s why this matters:
Your gut bacteria are the so-called “forgotten organ” in your body. They help to reduce the risk of inflammation; break down food; and enhance your immune function.
Remember, we need many different types of bacteria to populate the gut for optimal performance.
To think that such a safe and natural spice, like turmeric, can offer such wonderful benefits is so refreshing in the age of prescription pill-this and antibiotic-that.
But the benefits don’t just stop at gut health. Turmeric and its constituent curcumin have also been proven in the scientific literature to:
- Improve memory
- Boost brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), aka “Miracle-Gro for the brain”
- Prevent cancer cell growth
- Protect heart health
- Ease arthritis symptoms
- Relieve depression
The many ways to get MORE turmeric and curcumin in your diet
If you’re not a fan of curry dishes, don’t worry. There are plenty of ways to get more turmeric into your diet.
- Turmeric sprinkled over farm-fresh, eggs (hard boiled, egg salad or scrambled)
- Turmeric sprinkled over chicken or fish
- Turmeric latte (look it up – it’s decadent and delicious!)
- or, simply take a turmeric-based supplement
How much should we consume – daily – to get the maximum benefits? If you’re going to take a supplement, look to see how many milligrams of curcuminoids the supplement contains.
Why? Because it’s the curcumin (the key curcuminoid compound in turmeric) that actually offers all the healthy benefits.
So, aim for around 500 mg to 1,000 mg of curcuminoids per day. For reference, one teaspoon of ground turmeric powder (find it in the baking aisle of any grocery store) contains about 200 mg of curcumin.
And, as we always say at NaturalHealth365 , check with your doctor before adding a new supplement to your routine.
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