Healthy Benefits of Tumeric – Jan Pardy Woodcock BHSc (Acupuncture)

Tumeric is the new buzz word and it’s no wonder when you consider the healthy benefits of including it in your diet. The reasons below will give you some idea as to why everyone is talking about it. Tumeric contains curcumin which has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.Healthy Benefits of Tumeric - Jan Pardy Woodcock BHSc (Acupuncture) 7

Anticoagulant/Antiplatelet – Curcumin has been shown to slow blood clotting. Care needs to be taken if you are on blood thinning mediations, and you should cease taking it two weeks before surgery.  If you are on blood thinning mediations you should consult with your health care practitioners before taking tumeric.

Antiinflammatory/antioxidant/Arthritis management/pain killer – chronic inflammation is a major contributor to many Western diseases. Curcumin can inhibit many molecules know to cause inflammation. It has powerful antioxidant effects by neutralizing free radicals, which in turn will stimulate the bodies own antioxidant enzymes. Studies have shown it to be more effective than anti-inflammatory drugs.

Alzheimers treatment/Increased brain function and lower risk of brain disease – Curcumin boosts levels of the hormone BDNF which increases the growth of new neurons and fights various degenerative processes in the brain.

Cancer treatment – Curcumin leads to several changes on the molecular level that may help prevent and maybe even treat cancer.

Cholesterol regulator – Curcumin helps metabolize extra freely circulating cholesterol in the body by increasing the uptake in the liver cells, so that it doesn’t circulate in the blood. Therefore it decreases the accumulation of cholesterol in the blood vessels.

Depression – Curcumin is showing some promise in treating depression.  A small study has shown that it can be as effective as Prozac in alleviating the symptoms of depression.

Diabetes management – Curcumin can lower blood sugar, so once again if you are on diabetes medication mediations you should consult with your health care practitioners before taking tumeric.

Gastrointestinal treatment/improves digestion/bowel disease ie. Ulcerative Colitis – Curcumin stimulates the bile to process fat, is a strong anti-inflammatory. Compounds is curcumin aid digestion and stop your body producing the acids that cause flatulence.

Immunity booster – Curcumin’s strong antioxidant and anti- inflammatory properties increase the immune system.

Heart disease – Curcumin has beneficial effects on several factors know to play a role in heart disease. It improves the function of the endothelium and is a potent anti-inflammatory agent and antioxidant.

Heals wounds – Curcumin has an antibiotic effect and the anti-inflammatory properties relieve inflammation.

Liver disease preventative – Curcumin assists the liver enzymes responsible for flushing out our liver. Great to combine with a detox.

Weight control – Curcumin increases flow of bile to break down and metabolize fat, along with it’s ability to reduce inflammation.
*Of course tumeric will only work well if a healthy diet and lifestyle are adhered to.
Healthy Benefits of Tumeric - Jan Pardy Woodcock BHSc (Acupuncture) 8If you’re keen to get some of this goodness into you then one of the nicest ways is to drink Tumeric Latte.

At Mornington Chinese Medicine we LOVE Natures Harvest Turmeric Latte mix. Especially because by buying from them some profit from each sale goes towards an excellent initiative called Magic Moments. Magic Moments is a local Youth Leadership and Business Summit.  Healthy Benefits of Tumeric - Jan Pardy Woodcock BHSc (Acupuncture) 9

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The best place to get the Natures Harvest Turmeric Latte for home use is to order online – if you use this code the profit from each pack will help to support local youth to attend the Magic Moments Youth Leadership & Business Summit.

Jan is available for consult at Mornington Chinese Medicine on Wednesday and Thursday. To make a booking please call PH (03) 59736886