Turmeric is a well-known South Asian cooking spice that’s gotten a lot of attention over its many various possible health benefits. But did you also know that turmeric can improve your liver and brain function?
How turmeric improves your liver health and prevents cancer.
This spice has been commonly used to treat liver diseases for centuries. However, experts have started examining its effects in terms of liver protection twenty years ago.
What they found was that turmeric is extremely helpful due to its potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. It reduces liver damage due to cirrhosis (scarring of the liver), iron overdose, ethanol, high toxicity levels, and liver diseases (such as cholestasis).
Its active ingredient, curcumin, lowers the risk of liver cancer, as it reducing the effects of human carcinogens (such as thioacetamide) on the liver.
Turmeric Benefits Brain Health
Is has been well-known for a long time that turmeric can treat physical ailments, but, until recently, turmeric’s mental benefits have been relatively unknown.
The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, is seen as a promising treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. A plaque that builds up in the brain of Alzheimer’s patients called beta-amyloid plaques is believed to be one of the primary causes of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers found that curcumin can inhibit the build- up of this type of plaque by up to 40%, making it a promising treatment for Alzheimer’s.
Researchers have also found that curcumin’s anti-inflammatory properties play a role in Alzheimer’s treatment as well, as it reduces damage caused by inflammation and oxidizing agents.
Turmeric has also been used as a treatment for those with depression.
How turmeric improves your liver function
Another benefit of turmeric that many don’t know about is how effective it is in promoting liver health. The main ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has been used to treat liver diseases for over 100 years, but legitimate scientific research into its effects have not been conducted until recently.
Researchers believe that it is the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects of curcumin that make it so beneficial to liver health. Studies have shown that curcumin reduces liver damage caused by:
Ethanol (the type of alcohol that you drink)
Liver disease (such as cholestasis)
High toxicity levels
Cirrhosis (scarring of the liver)
Curcumin has also been found to reduce the risk of developing liver cancer. It does this by reducing the effects that human carcinogens, such as thioacetamide, have on the liver.
Here is the how to prepare your own turmeric water
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1-2 cups of water
Method of preparation:
First step is to boil the water, add the turmeric, and let it cook for 10 more minutes. Then, leave it to cool for a couple of minutes, and then you can drink it.