The more you investigate, the more you’ll discover that natural foods have an amazing ability to heal your body – oftentimes, much more so than prescription medication.
Furthermore, they lack any and all of the side effects of the latter. As such, you should make these “superfoods” a staple of your diet in order to optimize your health.
The star of this article is turmeric. It’s a spice which gives Indian curry its color as well as our very own American Mustard. It’s a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties and is even used to treat laryngitis, bronchitis, and diabetes in India.
But wait, there’s more!
Got knee pain? Take turmeric because, according to a 2009 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, the former performed just as well as NSAID’s to relieve pain. And as mentioned previously, it’s free of side effects.
And while this spice has been shown to heal all kinds of ailments, it really shines when it comes to strengthening your heart. So much so that it has even been suggested as a potential alternative for people who are unable to exercise.
In fact, here are a few interesting studies that highlight its effect on cardiovascular health…
In the first one, researchers split 32 women into 3 groups. The first was given a placebo pill and instructed not to exercise. The second was given oral curcumin (turmeric’s most active ingredient) and also instructed not to exercise. While the third group only exercised.
At the end of the 8-week study, the group that took curcumin (but did not exercise) showed an equal improvement in their heart function – and more specifically the blood flow through their arteries – as those who worked out. The first group, as expected, showed no improvement.
The second study showed that taking curcumin while engaging in some kind of exercise program actually improves heart function more so than exercise alone. And the third study showed that curcumin decreases the age-related stress on the heart.
In a nutshell, this is good stuff for your ticker. It can also be used to make pretty tasty recipes as well. Here’s a great one for a vegetable dip that uses turmeric that you can whip up in a snap. But take note, it calls for a bit of mayo which is fine. Just make sure to use one made with oil oil rather than the questionable canola oil.