There are dozens of benefits for Turmeric root. We have some of the most common ones below.
- ANTI-INFLAMMATORY- One of the main anti-inflammatory components of turmeric is called curcumin (4), which one scientific study found to be as effective as some over-the-counter drugs (5) in bringing down inflammation in the body. The researchers actually found that aspirin and ibuprofen (the active ingredient in Advil) was the LEAST effective out of all of the anti-inflammatory compounds they studied.
- WEIGHT LOSS- Elevated stress can cause sudden weight gain. When stress hormones (cortisol) get out of whack, fat accumulates near the stomach because the cells in the stomach are more sensitive to cortisol and very effective at storing energy. As turmeric can help you balance your stress hormones. The anti-inflammatory properties in curcumin are able to fight obesity too. One study actually found that taking curcumin can reduce the growth of fat cells!
- DIGESTION- Turmeric plays an important role in digesting food. The spice can contribute to healthy digestion as a result of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric is used in Ayurvedic medicine as a digestive healing agent. Western medicine has now begun to study how turmeric can help with gut inflammation and gut permeability, two measures of digestive efficiency. The spice is even being explored as a treatment for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).