Used as a potent anti-inflammatory agent, both in Chinese and Indian medicine to treat a wide variety of stomach and liver ailments, turmeric or “saffron from India” is a member of the ginger family. Turmeric with honey, in soups, breads, broths, salad dressings, and the following turmeric smoothie with banana, can be your great ally every morning.
Curcumin, a powerful anti-inflammatory agent
The main active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Check out this series of benefits that curcumin brings to our body.
- Curcumin has potent anti-inflammatory effects and is a strong antioxidant. It also exhibits antitumor, antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral activities.
- Curcumin is strongly anti-inflammatory, it is so powerful that it coincides with the efficacy of some anti-inflammatory medications, such as hydrocortisone and phenylbutazone, as well as anti-inflammatory agents such as ibuprofen. However, unlike pharmaceutical drugs, which are associated with significant toxic effects (ulcer formation, decreased white blood cells, intestinal bleeding), curcumin does not produce toxicity.
It is a bioactive substance that fights inflammation at the molecular level. Since chronic inflammation is known to be a contributor to many common western diseases, including curcumin in the diet can inhibit many known molecules that play important roles in inflammation.
- Curcumin can provide an effective and well-tolerated treatment for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, many people with a joint diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis find relief using curcumin.
- Curcumin has powerful antioxidant effects. Neutralizes free radicals on their own, then stimulates the body’s own antioxidant enzymes.
Curcumin increases the levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor brain hormone (BDNF), which increases the growth of new neurons and fights various degenerative processes in the brain. It can be useful in the treatment of depression and, because curcumin can cross the blood-brain barrier, it can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
- Researchers have also been studying curcumin as a beneficial herb in the treatment of cancer. It can affect cancer growth, development and spread at the molecular level, and therefore can help prevent and maybe even treat cancer.
Turmeric to purify the liver
Turmeric has great health benefits and is one of the most important herbs used to support and detoxify the liver. It is one of the most powerful foods for the maintenance of a healthy liver, it has been shown to actively protect the liver against toxic damage, and even regenerates damaged liver cells. It also increases the natural production of bile, shrinks congested liver ducts, and improves the overall function of the gallbladder, another organ of the purifying body.
Including turmeric in your diet is a great idea. Here is an easy and enjoyable way to reap the powerful antioxidant benefits of curcumin. Remember that turmeric has a slightly bitter taste, but combined with sweet fruits, such as banana, mango and pineapple, it is a delicious and exotic mix. The following recipe is tasty and nutritious and you can take it daily at your breakfast or at any time you want an antioxidant and healthy boost for all that we have already described.
Turmeric and banana smoothie to purify the liver
- 1 cup coconut milk or homemade almond milk
- 1/2 cup diced organic pineapple
- 1/2 cup diced organic mango pieces
- 2-3 frozen bananas
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil (to increase the benefits of turmeric)
- 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of turmeric
- 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon maca (optional)
a pinch of black pepper (to increase the benefits of turmeric)
- Add all ingredients in a blender. Mix until smooth. Serve 2-3.
This recipe is best consumed in the morning on an empty stomach for greater health benefits. Not only will it increase your energy in the first half of the day, but it will help you clear your mind and fill your body with some of the world’s most powerful antioxidants.