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Also known as “the golden spice,” turmeric is a spice native to India and Southeast Asia from a plant called Curcuma longa, belonging to the ginger family. It is used in a wide variety of cooking recipes to enhance flavor, and it can also be used to make turmeric tea, a delicious drink that can do a lot of good for your health.
The benefits of turmeric have long been known. According to historians, this spice was used in Indian traditional medicine nearly four thousand years ago due to the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of one of its main components: curcumin – which is also responsible for its peculiar color.
From then on, it was a matter of centuries until it reached the rest of the world. For some reason, modern medicine only started to look at the potential benefits of this natural product in a serious manner in the past couple of decades. From the late 1980s onwards, more than 3000 research papers dealing with turmeric were published in scientific journals.
If you are looking for a good reason to drink turmeric water every day, we will give you seven!
1. It helps you lose weight
Turmeric can be a huge help during a weight loss journey. Especially for those who suffer from obesity or metabolic disorders.
A study published in the European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Studies back in 2015 found that overweight people can use curcumin to reduce body fat percentage, waistline, hip circumference, and BMI (body bass index). These results are very promising and show how powerful this spice can be.
Turmeric can also reduce the craving for fatty foods, prevent new fat cells from growing, and speed up your metabolism so that you will be burning more calories at rest – and we all know how important it is to improve calorie deficit when trying to lose those extra pounds.
Some people claim that turmeric water can be used as a detox drink to eliminate toxins and remove excess fluid from your body.
2. Improve your digestive health
Have you ever heard about IBS? It stands for irritable bowel syndrome, and it is a common condition that affects the digestive system and causes abdominal pain and cramps, diarrhea or constipation, and excessive gas.
The vast majority of IBS cases can be easily managed with a healthy and free of stress lifestyle. Curcumin is a substance that can help you alleviate IBS symptoms and keep your digestive system healthy.
If you suffer from IBS or frequently have to deal with other digestive problems, add turmeric water into your diet. Who knows, it might be the key to overcoming those problems and get your digestive health back on track.
3. Boost your immune system
Turmeric contains lipopolysaccharide, a substance known to boost immunity and help the body fight common viral infections such as the flu. There also some claims that turmeric can help you deal with stress, one of the factors that most weakens our immune system. When flu season arrives, it’s time to start drinking turmeric tea.
3. Lower the risk of heart disease
The term heart disease encompasses several diseases that can be quite different among them. Two heart diseases are the leading causes of death worldwide: coronary heart disease and stroke. So you better look after your heart health – and start drinking turmeric water!
Curcumin may improve the function of the endothelium and thus reduce the risk of heart disease. The endothelium is a layer of cells located in the interior of lymphatic and blood vessels responsible for regulating blood pressure and blood clotting.
Health experts believe that the disruption of the endothelium’s function is responsible for causing many heart diseases. Besides all this, the positive effect that curcumin has on reducing oxidation and inflammation can also contribute to lower the risk of heart disease.
High triglycerides and cholesterol levels are two other factors that can jeopardize your heart health and increase the risk of developing some deadly heart diseases.
According to a systematic review published in 2017 in the Nutrition Journal, turmeric seems to have the potential to lower both triglycerides and LDL cholesterol (the bad one) levels in patients with cardiovascular risk factors.
4. Prevent some forms of cancer
This might sound weird, but the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of curcumin can prevent the growth of cancer cells, help your body destroy them, and even contribute to making chemotherapy more effective and less harmful. They protect healthy cells from getting damaged by the radiation.
After a series of convincing preliminary scientific studies, the National Cancer Institute decided to include curcumin in their list of effective anticarcinogens. However, it is worth noting that it is still too early to recommend turmeric as an effective treatment for cancer in humans.
5. Prevent Alzheimer’s disease
Alzheimer’s is a neurodegenerative disease that is currently the leading cause of dementia. If you have ever dealt with Alzheimer’s patients, you know how difficult it can be, especially at a later stage.
Research on animals found that curcumin can increase brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a protein that actively works to keep the brain healthy.
Some brain-related disorders (including Alzheimer’s disease) are linked with lower levels of BDNF, so this can be a great discovery. Let’s see what conclusions future investigations will bring us.
6. Keep blood sugar levels under control
Type 2 diabetes patients can drink turmeric water to keep their blood sugar levels under control. That’s because its main component (curcumin) has a hypoglycemic effect, which means it can lower blood sugar levels. But that’s not all. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties can also improve insulin resistance!
Lastly, here’s a quick and simple turmeric water recipe you can try:
-Bring water to boil
-Add a teaspoon of turmeric to a cup
-Pour the boiling water on the cup
-Add half a teaspoon of lemon juice for better taste and improved benefits
-Enjoy your turmeric water!