- Turmeric is an aromatic spice commonly used in the Asian cuisine as an addition to almost any meal. The spice comes from the turmeric plant and side from being super-delicious it has numerous health benefits.
Turmeric is the main spice in curry and it’s what gives curry its warm taste and yellowish color. But aside from its wide uses in cooking, turmeric is also commonly used for its medicinal properties. It has healing powers that can help with a number of health disorders.
If you add turmeric to your regular diet, you’ll experience the following benefits:
– Lower risk of cardiovascular disorders
– Lower risk of cognitive impairment
– Anti-inflammatory powers
– Brain function boost
– Numerous medicinal properties
Can turmeric lead to a better cardiovascular condition?
The American Journal of Cardiology has published a study that concludes that turmeric extract can, in fact, lower the risk of heart attack by a whopping 56 percent. The study also says that consuming this amazing spice can improve the health of your heart and also boost the effectiveness of your body when you are exercising.
Turmeric and curcumin contain natural anti-inflammatory properties, which are beneficial when it comes to various heart conditions like cardiac fibrosis, myocarditis, and cardiotoxicity.
Study about turmeric
A recent study showed that taking turmeric supplements or consuming turmeric is just as effective for your cardiovascular system as 60 minutes of jogging or brisk walking.
The study that we are talking about lasted for eight weeks, and it involved 32 participants. All of the participants were postmenopausal women, who were divided into three groups – curcumin, a non-treatment group and an exercise group. The participants of the curcumin group were given 150 mg. of turmeric extract, every day for the entire duration of the study.
During this time, their diet and exercise habits were the same. The women in the exercise group had aerobic exercise training, which was divided into two parts, the first one was home-based, and they also had three supervised sessions.
The sessions lasted from 30 minutes to an hour. The intensity of the training was from 60% of their individual maximal heart rate, all the way to 70-75 percent in the second phase of the trial.
When the study ended, there was a significant improvement in both curcumin and exercise groups.