Your heart circulates oxygen and other nutrients throughout your body, so it’s vital to develop healthy habits to prevent heart disease and keep your circulatory system functioning properly. Habits such as exercise, diet and supplements are all factors in heart health. Regular exercise, a balanced diet and a vitamin and supplement regimen are essential for good health. Several natural remedies have also shown to have positive effects on your heart health, one of which is turmeric.
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is a spice that comes from the turmeric plant and is most commonly used in foods such as curry powders, mustards, butter, and cheeses for flavor or color. Turmeric is also a widely used natural remedy to help treat a variety of medical conditions.
What are the benefits of using turmeric?
Numerous studies have demonstrated that turmeric provides several health benefits. Its most active component is curcumin, a natural antioxidant known as a polyphenol that has anti-inflammatory properties. Because turmeric helps with inflammation and is an antioxidant, it can help:
- Lower your risk of heart disease
- Regulate your blood pressure
- Regulate blood clotting
- Reduce bad cholesterol
- Relieve pain
- Fight chronic inflammation
- Reduces free radicals and boost your antioxidant defenses
Incorporating turmeric into your diet
You can incorporate turmeric into your diet in several ways. You can flavor your meals with the spice, adding it to eggs, rice, vegetables, soup, tea, smoothies and more. Another option is to take a turmeric supplement, which will allow you to receive the recommended dose to increase its effectiveness. Curcumins is a small component of the spice, so a supplement will help you achieve the recommended dose to access its full benefits. As always, consult with your doctor before adding a supplement into your diet.
This simple smoothie is an easy way to add some turmeric into your diet.
1 cup dairy-free milk (almond milk, cashew milk, etc.)
2 cups frozen pineapple chunks
1 tablespoon fresh turmeric, grated (or 1 teaspoon ground turmeric)
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend for 30 seconds on high or until creamy