There are many spices and herbs you can use to help your Paleo diet meals taste more delicious. However one particular spice you really should be including in yours is turmeric. As you will discover below there are many health benefits to be gained from including this in your diet. I frequently use this spice in Paleo recipes, not only to add flavour but also to add some colour when preparing meals at home.
But you shouldn’t only consider using this particular spice in your cooking simply because it makes food taste and look nice. This spice like so many others that appear on any Paleo food list can prove very beneficial to your health.
The health benefits obtained from including turmeric in your diet are as follows:
1. Prevent Prostrate Cancer
This particular spice contains certain components that not only help to prevent prostate cancer but also help to stop its growth. It even comes with components that help to destroy cancer cells. Researchers have carried out numerous tests and have discovered that certain active components in it helped to make it one of the finest defenders against radiation-induced tumours. Also, they have discovered it helps to prevent the growth of the tumour cells associated with T-cell Leukaemia, Colon and Breast carcinomas.
2. Provides Relief To Arthritis
Turmeric has certain anti-inflammatory properties that are suitable for treating not only rheumatoid arthritis but also osteoarthritis. If that wasn’t enough this spice also contains certain antioxidant properties that help to destroy free radicals that cause damage to cells in the body.
For people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis if they eat turmeric regularly will find it provides relief for moderate to mild joint pain and also provides relief when joints become inflamed. So you can see why including turmeric in any Paleo recipes is a good idea especially as you get older.
3. Helps To Control Diabetes
Turmeric is being used to help diabetes as it contains certain properties that help to moderate a diabetics insulin levels. Furthermore, it helps to improve their glucose control and helps improve the effectiveness of the medication they take in order to treat this condition.
If that wasn’t enough Turmeric has found to be effective in help to reduce a person’s insulin resistance. As a result of this, it may prevent them developing Type 2 Diabetes. But people who suffer from diabetes need to be aware that when combined with strong medication it can cause low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia). Therefore I would recommend that diabetics speak to their doctor or other health professionals before taking a turmeric supplement.
4. Helps To Reduce Your Cholesterol Levels
Research carried out has shown that when used as seasoning on food, turmeric can help to bring serum cholesterol levels down. If left unchecked people who suffer from high cholesterol can develop other serious health issues. But by maintaining proper cholesterol levels you will find that you are reducing your chances of suffering from cardiovascular diseases.
5. Gives Your Immunity System A Boost
There is a substance in turmeric known as lipopolysaccharide. This contains certain properties that will help to stimulate how your immune system works. Plus the antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal agents to be found in this spice also help to strengthen your immune system.
6. Helps To Heal Wounds
Turmeric is both a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent and is useful as a disinfectant. Sprinkling some turmeric onto a cut or burn can help to speed up the healing process. It can also help to repair skin that is damaged and is suitable for treating psoriasis as well other conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed.
7. Manage Your Weight
One of the main reasons of course for following a Paleo diet is to help you manage your weight more effectively. By making sure that you regularly include turmeric in your Paleo or Caveman diet will help you to maintain your ideal body weight. This is because there is a certain component in this spice that helps to increase the amount of bile your body produces, which as a result helps to break down fat more effectively. If you were to include a teaspoon of this spice in each Paleo or Caveman diet meal you will find that it can help you to lose weight more effectively.
8. Prevent Alzheimer’s
It is suspected that one of the leading causes of cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s is as a result of inflammation to the brain. However, turmeric is a spice that can help to support brain health overall as it helps to remove the buildup of plaque within your brain, which helps improve the flow of oxygen to it. As a result, this may help to slow down or prevent the development of Alzheimer’s.
9. Your Digestive System Functions Better
There are a number of key components in turmeric that help to stimulate the production of bile in the gallbladder. As a result, you will find that after eating you don’t feel so bloated and you don’t produce as much gas. Furthermore, this spice can help to treat most types of inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis.
But please note if you suffer from any type of gallbladder disease you must not take a dietary supplement of turmeric as this may make your condition worse. If you want to reap the benefits when suffering from any kind of digestive problem then eating this spice in its raw state is best.
10. Can Prevent Liver Disease
This spice is a natural sort of liver detoxifier. Your liver helps to detoxify your blood by producing enzymes to break it down. When you eat turmeric you are helping to increase the production of these enzymes. The more enzymes produced means that more toxins will be broken down and eliminated from your body. It is also believed that turmeric can help to not only improve but also invigorate the circulation of blood around your body, which in turn ensures that support is provided to maintain a healthy liver.
Now you have learnt about the health benefits of turmeric adding this spice to Paleo diet recipes is one of the best things you can do.