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Heart Health Benefits of Turmeric

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When it comes to healing herbs and plants, turmeric tops the list for its significant health benefits. This distinctive yellow-orange root has been used for centuries in medicines, herbal drinks and foods around the globe, and is often used to treat a wide range of ailments. In recent years, scientists have been studying turmeric for its positive effects on health, and the results are promising, particularly when it comes to cardiovascular health.

Heart Health Benefits of Turmeric

Heart Health Benefits of Turmeric

The primary chemical found in turmeric is called curcumin, and studies show that this polyphenol contains powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation has been linked to cardiovascular disease, as well as other health problems such as Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, diabetes and cancer. Moreover, curcumin has positive effects on insulin sensitivity, which causes a reduction in triglyceride levels in the body. Researchers believe that it may just be the anti-inflammatory and insulin sensitizing properties that make turmeric so effective in warding off cardiovascular disease and strengthening the heart.

A recent study published in the American Journal of Cardiology suggests that curcumin can reduce the risk of heart attacks in coronary bypass patients. During 2009 and 2011, researchers from the University of Chiang Mai in Thailand studied 121 patients who underwent non-emergency coronary bypass surgery at the University Hospital. Half of the patients were given curcumin capsules before and after the surgeries, while the other half were given a placebo. The researchers found that the patients who had taken the curcumin supplements had a 65% lowered risk of heart attacks after the operation than the placebo group, as well as significantly lower levels of inflammation and oxidative stress.

Another study by the University of Tsukuba in Japan shows that curcumin may also improve vascular function and protect the heart, especially when combined with moderate exercise. Over a period of eight weeks, the scientists here monitored postmenopausal women in three different studies that measured the effects of curcumin and moderate exercise on blood flow, artery response and blood pressure.

In the first study, they divided the women into three groups: those who took curcumin supplements, those who exercised moderately and those who did nothing. When they examined the blood vessels, they found that the women who did nothing had no significant changes to their blood flow, while the curcumin and exercise groups showed an increase in vascular endothelial function. Interestingly, curcumin seemed to be just as effective as moderate exercise in improving blood flow.

In the following two studies, the researchers found that curcumin supplements also improved the performance of the arteries when reacting to changes in blood pressure, lowered aortic and brachial systolic blood pressure, and strengthened the heart against age-related degeneration of the left ventricle. They found that the women who exercised in addition to taking curcumin supplements showed the greatest improvements.

These are just a few examples of how turmeric can help improve heart health. I suggest taking turmeric in its natural form, either chopped, juiced or ground into powder, and adding it to curries, stir-fries and healthy drinks. To enhance the absorption rate, add a little black pepper to your food or drink as well. If you decide to take turmeric or curcumin in supplement form, be sure to consult with a registered health professional beforehand.

Dr. Cynthia Thaik

Dr. Cynthia began her professional training at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. From there, she completed her internal medicine and cardiology training at the Harvard’s training programs (Beth Israel, Massachusetts General, and Brigham & Women’s hospitals). She manages two successful cardiology clinics (drcynthia.com) and is the founder of Revitalize-U, a wellness center focused on health, nutrition, weight loss, and detoxification. She is the author of Your Vibrant Heart: Restoring Health, Strength & Spirit from the Body's Core (yourvibrantheart.com).

Dr. Cynthia Thaik

Dr. Cynthia began her professional training at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. From there, she completed her internal medicine and cardiology training at the Harvard’s training programs (Beth Israel, Massachusetts General, and Brigham & Women’s hospitals). She manages two successful cardiology clinics (drcynthia.com) and is the founder of Revitalize-U, a wellness center focused on health, nutrition, weight loss, and detoxification. She is the author of Your Vibrant Heart: Restoring Health, Strength & Spirit from the Body's Core (yourvibrantheart.com).

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Twa Rivers
Twa Rivers 5pts

I juice turmeric everyday with my fresh juice.

Debbie Cardwell
Debbie Cardwell 5pts

ate fresh termeric right out of the ground in Hawaii recently.

Vimal Kr
Vimal Kr 5pts

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ClynnDaz
ClynnDaz 5pts

Thanks for adding another use to  my "spice" in the cabinet. I will keep it on hand since I have both heart and diabetic issues as well.  Thanks again!!

Richard Barrett
Richard Barrett 5pts

Very nice presentation information is valued the most

Michelle Crestique
Michelle Crestique 5pts

Which herbs or spices is good for overies and menstreal periods ..

Laxmikant Jadhav
Laxmikant Jadhav 5pts

As Yellow colour is indicator of Friendship.... Similarly Turmeric is friend for healthy life for lifetime....

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Steven Creaney
Steven Creaney 5pts

Check that powdered tumeric is mixed with saw dust. Buy fresh!

LornaGrace
LornaGrace 5pts

You can buy it in supplement form as well

Maria José Adami Bueno
Maria José Adami Bueno 5pts

Curcuma...poderoso anti inflamatorio e antioxidante! ! Protege o sistema cardiovascular e confere proteção contra o câncer e até mesmo atuar prevenindo Mal de alzheimer! !

Ananthram Keshava Grama
Ananthram Keshava Grama 5pts

My Personal Experience Since 70 long years ; All injuries just cured/ healed by just turmeric on the open wound/ no other medication ; please keep it handy !

Harendra Adatiya
Harendra Adatiya 5pts

3 year's ago my CABG done, due to my physical disability of arthritis can't walking as wel as exercise can't done, how to take turmeric to get the benifit of the same ? pl. guide and oblidge me. Thanks.