Anti-Aging Benefits of Turmeric

 Whether you are 15, 50, or 105, the desire to look and feel young resounds strongly in most of us.

 

 

That said, there are no shortage of superfoods, supplements, miracle workouts, or diets designed to keep the body functioning at a youthful pace. While some (ok, many) of those suggestions may seem like hype, turmeric is a bonafide anti-aging crusader.

 

No doubt you’ve heard a few the wonderful benefits and uses of turmeric anecdotally from friends or in articles. However, scientific research done on this ancient Indian spice proves just how potent it is in slowing the aging process. While looking young is certainly helpful, it’s not the only piece of the anti-aging puzzle. True youthfulness comes from feeling young because without vigor, vitality, and health, life can be less active, and honestly, less enjoyable. Here are just a few ways adding turmeric to your daily health habits can help you lead a more vibrant life.

Turmeric Fights Inflammation

While inflammation is a necessary function to fight bacteria or illness, in today’s society, our bodies are in a state of constant inflammation which actually opens us up to more disease, discomfort, and illness. Inflammation leads to protein, cell, and organ dysregulation, as well as health concerns like rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, heart disease, a higher risk of cancer, and autoimmune disorders. It’s also a four-letter word when it comes to the aesthetic signs of aging.

Turmeric has shown to be an effective anti-inflammatory agent in several studies. In fact, in one study it was found that turmeric extract supplements worked as well as ibuprofen for patients with knee osteoarthritis. It is also being used as a cancer preventative. As far as skin-deep inflammation, turmeric face masks are very beneficial in calming inflammation from both external and internal aggravators.

Turmeric is a Free Radical Scavenger 

Turmeric is one of the highest antioxidant-containing spices on the ORAC scale. ORAC, which stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, is a scale that measures the amount and activity of antioxidants in foods. Why do we need antioxidants? The more antioxidants we add to our daily diets, the more able our bodies are to delay cell damage caused by oxidants. Oxidants are free radicals in our bodies that help us fight disease. However, they also occur in pollutants, smoke, alcohol, and sugar which can cause an unhealthy excess in our bodies leading to weakened immunity, cellular damage, and accelerated aging. Turmeric fights free radicals which is why it's playing a vital role in fighting degenerative diseases like cancer, atherosclerosis, and neurodegenerative diseases.

Turmeric also promotes youthful skin ravaged by free radicals. Turmeric inhibits an enzyme called elastase which reduces the forming of elastin, which along with collagen is critical to smooth and pliable skin. Studies have shown it may inhibit elastase by up to 65%. 

Turmeric Supports Healthy Cholesterol Level and Cardiovascular Health

A paper published in Life Sciences highlighted the efficacy of turmeric in eliminating plaque related to atherosclerosis. This resulted in a reduction in LDL cholesterol and decelerated the onset of heart disease. Another study also cited a 29% increase in good, HDL cholesterol. It has also been shown to regulate lipid levels. All these benefits lead to an increase in cardiovascular health which is paramount to anti-aging and living a longer, more active life. 

Turmeric Protects Brain Cells

In a recent study, researchers found a compound in turmeric called ar-tumerone that has been shown to promote stem cell repair in the brain. These stem cells are vital in the body’s recovery from neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and stroke. The findings of the study suggest this compound could be used in future treatments for these diseases. Turmeric also fights the free radicals that compromise brain cell health. Adding turmeric to your diet is definitely a brain-friendly practice!

 

Turmeric is truly a wellspring of anti-aging power. It fights disease, reduces inflammation, and supports a healthy active life. Add a high-quality, India-sourced turmeric supplement to your diet today and reap the youth-preserving benefits.

 

By Jessica Lollino


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