5. Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): Research suggests that IBD’s such as Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis may be treated with curcumin.
6. Cystic Fibrosis: Preliminary studies have shown that curcumin may have the ability to correct the genetic defects that are responsible for cystic fibrosis.
7. Improved Liver Function: Studies suggest that turmeric may improve liver function by increasing the liver’s ability to perform its detoxification duties.
8. Cardiovascular Protection: Research suggests that curcumin may help protect the cardiovascular system from disease. It does this by helping to prevent the oxidation of cholesterol in the body. This is important because oxidized cholesterol is part of what builds up in plaque that damages blood vessels and can lead to heart attacks or stroke. Turmeric is also a good source of vitamin B6, which is important for cardiovascular health.
9. Lowering Cholesterol: Research has revealed that curcumin can act as a “messaging molecule” to communicate with genes in liver cells. It lowers cholesterol levels by telling the liver cells to create more receptors for LDL cholesterol. With these extra LDL-receptors, the liver cells can expedite the process of removing LDL-cholesterol from the body.
10. Protection against Alzheimer‘s disease: A rising number of studies suggest that turmeric may help protect against neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s (and possibly multiple sclerosis). This is done, in part, through its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Curcumin can also cross the blood-brain barrier dissolving “amyloid dibrils” and inhibiting “amyloid-B aggregation,” both of which help prevent plaque from forming between cells (which is characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease).
“The most active ingredient in turmeric root, bisdemethoxycurcumin, boosts the activity of the immune system in Alzheimer‘s patients, helping them to clear the amyloid beta plaques characteristic of the disease.“- whfoods
As you can see, there is plenty of information out there about the health benefits of enjoying turmeric and the phytochemicals it contains – so enjoy some in your stir fry tonight, your tea tomorrow or even your morning smoothie.