If you follow any health and wellness blogs, then you've surely heard of the powerful super spice, turmeric.
Unlike many other alleged superfoods, turmeric lives up to most of the hype surrounding it! Turmeric has proven in thousands of published studies to be a potent anti-inflammatory, pain reliever, fat-burner, immune system booster and overall medicinal root. Nearly everyone could benefit from turmeric in one way or another.
Turmeric has also gained attention by those following a ketogenic diet.
By combining turmeric with your keto diet strategy, you may experience improved results, including weight loss, decreased inflammation and improved mental health. Turmeric is a simple addition to your diet and can be used in a variety of ways, depending on your unique taste and needs.
There are many benefits of turmeric that compliment the keto diet.
A common reason many people choose to try a keto diet is to fight diseases such as cancer and autoimmune conditions. The keto diet has shown some potentially outstanding results for people with these problems. Turmeric on its own also has many benefits for those battling cancer and autoimmune disease and may enhance the benefits gained from the ketogenic lifestyle.
Lab results have found curcumin (the active component of turmeric) to be capable of:
The liver is an incredibly important organ for storing extra nutrients, producing cholesterol, creating blood proteins and detoxifying the body. Turmeric aids the liver by resolving inflammation that may otherwise cause damage and pain.
Studies have also found that curcumin improves oxidative stress conditions and helps to reverse liver damage by monitoring TGF-beta levels. Another study published in The Liver International Journal discovered that curcumin shows promise in being an effective prevention method for liver cirrhosis.
Turmeric contains more than two dozen inflammation reducing compounds. Results of studies comparing turmeric to ibuprofen illustrated that turmeric eased pain and improved function about as well as the ibuprofen. Over the counter anti-inflammatory agents can have a toxic effect on the body, such as ulcers and intestinal bleeding; turmeric produces no toxicity.
In 2014, The Intentional Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism published a review of studies done between 1998 and 2013 that show curcumin as being a potential intervention for type 2 diabetes.
The review found that curcumin can improve type 2 diabetes by:
One of the reviewed studies worth noting found that the daily administration of effectively-dosed turmeric for 9 months was 100% effective in preventing the development of type 2 diabetes in pre-diabetics.
According to a clinical trial published in the Alternative and Complementary Medicine journal, turmeric is an effective alternative to ibuprofen for osteoarthritis.
The study was conducted with 109 patients with knee osteoarthritis. In a randomized selection, some were given 800 mg of ibuprofen, while others received 2000 mg of turmeric a day for six weeks. Their pain levels while walking, stair climbing and performing other basic functions were measured.
After 6 weeks, improvements were measured in both groups and the turmeric group showed slightly better performance. The turmeric group also described having a higher level of satisfaction than the ibuprofen group.
Whether or not you are on a keto diet, turmeric is always a worthy spice to be included in your daily routine! There are thousands of people who have attested to its health benefits and plenty of studies to back up their testimonials. If you are looking for a simple addition to your keto diet strategy, then turmeric is an excellent choice.
We made Organifi Gold for people who need a simple and effective way to decrease inflammation and improve relaxation and health. Along with turmeric and black pepper, it contains superfoods like cinnamon, red Reishi and turkey tail mushrooms, ginger, lemon balm and coconut milk. It is made to be consumed warm and to provide soothing herbs and nutrients to our often over-stressed bodies. If you're interested in learning more about Organifi Gold, click here.
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Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach who encourages others to embrace their unique authentic selves, follow their heart and find their own version of freedom in life.
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