6 Powerful Health Properties of TURMERIC–the Ultimate Anti-Inflammatory Compound

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By Michael Wing

Turmeric for most is likely a rarely used herb in their spice cabinet. It has little use besides adding a specific flavor to certain Indian meals and other Asian dishes.

Yet, turmeric is a very powerful herb that has been in use for over 4,000 years and possesses medicinal properties that can remedy many daily ailments, strengthen your overall health, and safeguard against future diseases. Here are six incredible ways regular turmeric intake can be the all-natural secret to greatly improve your current and future health.

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Illustration – Shutterstock | Nicole S Glass

1. Boosts Brain Power and Promotes Brain Health

The most important active compound in turmeric is curcumin, which in scientific trials has been shown to improve cognitive ability. Curcumin catalyzes the creation of certain brain growth hormones that facilitate the development of brain connections.

After completing a twelve-week study where lab rats were fed curcumin-intensive diets, they had significantly greater memory capacity compared to the start of the trial.

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Illustration – Shutterstock | Romanova Natali

Curcumin has also been shown to decrease and possibly prevent the onset of Alzheimer‘s disease in humans via interaction with brain receptors that release hormones for combating the disease, as well as other cognitive disorders.

2. Reduces Symptoms of Depression

Turmeric has also been shown to lower the risk of depression and greatly decrease symptoms of depression when used with other anti-depressants. In a scientific trial that compared turmeric to a name-brand anti-depressant in effectiveness treating depression symptoms, turmeric was shown to have equal to greater efficacy. It also boosted the overall effectiveness when combined with anti-depressants.

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llustration – Shutterstock | Africa Studio

This fantastic breakthrough in alternative treatment could possibly help many individuals have greater results compared to traditional solely pharmaceutical approaches.

3. Reduces Inflammation and Alleviates Arthritis Symptoms

Another incredible turmeric remedy is its phenomenal anti-inflammatory properties, which have been one of its main medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Curcumin’s active anti-inflammatory abilities have been tested in scientific studies to be better suited at reducing inflammation than many of the top pharmaceutical drugs used in treating chronic inflammation and arthritis.

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Illustration – Shutterstock | Csaba Deli

Turmeric has also shown no side effects in its treatment of chronic ailments, which is incredibly uncommon when compared to most anti-inflammatory drugs. In arthritis patients specifically, turmeric significantly reduces the tenderness of joints and lowers the overall effects of the disease due to its inflammation-targeting properties.

4. Reduces Risk of Cancer

One of the most exciting breakthroughs in the study of turmeric is its link in both reducing the risk of a variety of cancers and its possible use as a treatment for certain cancers. In scientific trials, curcumin has been connected to a decrease in cancer growth and slowing the spreading of the disease to different parts of the body.

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Illustration – Shutterstock | Olga Popova

Turmeric has been shown to protect against a wide variety of cancers, including pancreatic, prostate, lung, ovarian, and lymphoma by shutting down molecular growth and inhibiting tumor development. While turmeric has yet to be specifically used widely in cancer treatment, it has been shown in multiple scientific trials to have many positive effects in decreasing the rapid spread of many aggressive forms of cancer.

In one such study, turmeric was added to the diet of men who had stomach lesions, which could potentially become cancerous, and almost half of the participants saw a decrease in lesions after daily turmeric use.

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Illustration – Shutterstock | Dario Lo Presti

Turmeric’s preventative and therapeutic properties for cancer treatment are especially exciting because they could lead to new potential cancer treatments. Such cancer-fighting effects could also explain why many cultures that use turmeric as a traditional medication claim that it increases longevity when consumed consistently as a daily supplement.

5. Increases Digestive Health and Antioxidant Production

Connected to turmeric’s incredible anti-inflammatory effects is its ability to lessen the symptoms of certain digestive conditions while aiding in overall digestion. In regard to digestion, curcumin has been linked with both an increase in antioxidant production and an increase in bile production in the liver. Both of which are important for promoting overall digestion and reducing symptoms of irritable-bowel syndrome.

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Curcumin also decreases inflammation of the stomach and intestines, which facilitates digestive efficiency and can reduce symptoms of lethargy or intestinal pain from digestive inefficiency.

Chronic digestive diseases, specifically ulcerative colitis, a severe and incredibly painful digestive track disorder, has a much lower chance of remission if turmeric is included as a daily supplement.

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Illustration – Shutterstock | olepeshkina

The increase in antioxidants present in curcumin goes beyond digestive health, though, and has been shown to decrease symptoms of aging, along with lowering the chances of certain diseases by strengthening your body’s overall immune system.

The only digestive disorder turmeric has been shown to have issues treating is stomach ulcers, where it has not shown the same positive results as with other digestive problems.

6. Protects Against Heart Disease

Lastly, turmeric has been shown to enhance treatment for the number one cause of death in the United States and the entire world: heart disease. Many causes of heart attack and stroke are due to plaque buildup in major arteries. Turmeric has immense plaque-fighting properties, capable of decreasing plaque buildup in those who use turmeric daily.

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Illustration – Shutterstock | Michelle Lee Photography

Arguably turmeric’s greatest weapon against heart disease is its ability to strengthen the lining of your blood vessels and lower the risk of blood clots throughout the body. Issues with blood clots and weak blood vessel linings are the two main contributors to potentially fatal heart illness.

Curcumin is also effective in lowering bad cholesterol in your body, another large contributor to poor heart health and long-term heart disease.

Turmeric’s array of health benefits is impressive. It is a fantastic, all-natural, and time-proven daily supplement that can both increase the quality of your life and extend your longevity and well-being, and that’s reason enough to dig out that rarely used spice a little or a lot more often.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice.

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Lose 24 Pounds in 2 Weeks With the ‘Boiled Egg Diet’–It Can Be Modified to Make It Doable

Every day, it seems that another impressive-looking diet pops up on the internet, encouraging patrons to cut things out of their daily menus and focus on specific food categories in order to drop dozens of pounds.

While some of the fad diets are unsustainable in their entirety, though, other types of much more balanced diets are tough to keep up simply because most people crave culinary variety. That’s been cited as one of the biggest struggles that weight watchers find when following the “boiled egg diet”—after a while, it becomes boring and they quit.

The boiled egg diet, though, sometimes gets taken too literally by hopeful dieters.

Why choose the boiled egg diet?

Eggs are one of the most highly recommended foods by doctors and nutrition experts because they pack such a powerful punch. Eggs contain both inexpensive and high-quality sources of protein, and they contain all kinds of important nutrients like zinc, copper, iron, and vitamin B12—which is a key component in the body’s proper metabolic function. For people looking to burn fat and trim some pounds off the scale, that’s crucial.

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Illustration – Shutterstock | A. Aleksandravicius

These elements make eggs the perfect staple to build a diet around. They provide a large chunk of the nutrients that a body needs to function properly and contain a lot of the elements that nutritionists advise including in a diet in order to shed weight—all without sacrificing protein and therefore losing muscle mass.

Pros and Cons

Unfortunately, people have trouble sticking with the idea of an “egg diet”—which requires eating egg-heavy diets for a stretch of time while cutting out sugary, caloric beverages like juice and soda and eliminating carb-heavy foods like pasta. Some try to do the “extreme” egg diet, where they only eat eggs and drink water for a week, and end up failing because of the monotony and difficulty of that kind of plan.

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Luckily, nutritionists agree with dieters on just how beneficial an egg-heavy diet can be. So these are the three “boiled egg diets” that nutritionists may be likely to recommend—and that offer enough variety to keep you engaged long enough to notice the effects:

1. Eggs and Grapefruit Diet

According to Livestrong, one of the longest-running and most popular ways to follow an egg diet is to follow the “egg and grapefruit diet,” which combines the concept of a low-calorie, low-carb, high-protein diet involving eggs with the weight loss benefits and flavor of adding grapefruit to your first meal of the day.

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Illustration – Shutterstock | Nadiia Loboda

Like all other egg diets, you eliminate carb-heavy foods like pasta and rice, and you cut your beverage intake down to just water—so that means no coffee unless you’re willing to modify the diet a bit, and definitely no cream and sugar.

What you add, though, is at least one protein source per meal—starting with two boiled eggs for breakfast over a 12-day span. For the other meals, grilled chicken is an easy option, although you can use fish as a substitute if you prefer.

With one of the meals, you add a serving of veggies like spinach, but with all three, you get in your flavor and sugar fix by eating half a grapefruit per meal. No snacking in between meals is allowed, so it’s not a particularly fun diet if you’re currently undergoing a high-calorie-burning exercise regimen as well—but if you’re looking to cut some extra weight quickly, it’s a reliable option.

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Illustration – Shutterstock | Iryna_Kolesova

Doctors have warned that diets that limit caloric intake this heavily can cause long-term health problems, so you don’t want to follow this kind of diet for very long. Slowly, you’ll want to bring your caloric intake back up to where it belongs—which is no less than 1,200 calories for an adult woman and no less than 1,500 calories for an adult man—while adding in exercise once the 12 days is over. And if you have issues with high cholesterol or heart problems, you’ll want to consult your doctor before ever starting a diet like this.

With the flavor that the grapefruit brings, though, you’ll be more likely to stick with things than just eating eggs and drinking water for a week.

2. Modified Boiled Egg Diet

One of the biggest criticisms of going all in on the boiled egg diets is that the drop in calories is unsustainable over the long run, making it a short-term diet that only drops pounds over a small period of time and only works if you stop exercising in the process. This means that weight can quickly be put back on, and it doesn’t work for athletes.

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Illustration – Shutterstock | Liliya Kandrashevich

Psychologist and nutrition aficionado Meri Desik created a modified version of the diet, though, that provides a much more sustainable alternative to the egg diet that most people read about on fad websites—and that can both be eaten during periods of exercise and stretched over a longer period of time.

The main components of the traditional “boiled egg diet” are elimination—both of calories and carbs—and simplicity, cutting out sugars and providing a short but easy list of foods that are acceptable to eat.

For a modified boiled egg diet, Desik suggests that the dieter should break it up into modified stretches, gradually easing back into eating other foods after starting with a pure egg diet and using a multiple-week span to increase calorie count again without adding back in the wrong types of foods.

There are two modifications of the diet. It can be done by spending one week on the egg diet and two weeks simply eating healthy, repeating as necessary, or by doing a three-week process of slowly adding in whole grains, quinoa, or other complex carbs and a handful of starchy vegetables in stages.

Both are friendlier for fitness enthusiasts who are simply looking to cut some weight, and both are more sustainable when it comes to avoiding the “yo-yo effect” that can come with fad diets.

2. Keto Egg Diet

For a number of people, the idea of a ketogenic diet—which works by attempting to push the body into a state of “ketosis” and burn fats instead of carbs—is enticing. After all, it’s fast, and many consider it to be highly effective.

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Illustration – Shutterstock | Irina Rostokina

While the safety of a purely ketogenic diet remains up for debate, though, there’s a way to follow the concept of a keto diet while also incorporating the egg diet. It’s short-term, and for those looking to cut weight quickly (such as ahead of a wedding or other photo-heavy event) it can be something to consider.

Unlike the other egg diets, this one doesn’t cut out all forms of dairy. After all, the ketogenic diet wants the body to burn fat, not carbs, and butters and cheeses are a great source of “healthy fats” to add to the body. And unlike the other egg diets, this one doesn’t circulate around just three meals a day; the dieter is expected to eat every three to five hours, breaking things up into small meals or snacks to keep the body burning throughout the day.

Finally, this particular diet is incredibly short-term. It’s considered an “egg fast,” and lasts just three to five days before you go back to another modified diet. It serves to push the dieter over a weight loss plateau and shouldn’t be spread out over a long period—but you wouldn’t need to. So for people who are looking for an incredibly short-term weight loss diet, this one is a great option.

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Illustration – Shutterstock | N K

The dieter follows a handful of rules based on their own culinary preferences, but the premise is fairly simple. Each day, the dieter eats six eggs, 1 tablespoon of butter, 1 ounce (approx. 28 g) of cheese per egg, and very little else—all while eating every three to five hours and stopping three hours before bed. All of the planned meals should be eaten, even if the dieter doesn’t feel hungry, and they should be sure to monitor their bodies as they go through the days of the fast in order to avoid any complications.

This one shouldn’t be attempted by individuals with diabetes, cholesterol problems, or heart issues, but could be a useful three- or five-day fast for everyone else.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice.

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