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Why Turmeric is the Superfood Hero of the Wellness World

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on Mar 27, 2018 2:14:30 AM

If you blinked, you may have missed it! Yes, we're talking about Turmeric's rise to healthy fame. Turmeric has gone from an uncommon spice to a must-have superfood, and now enjoys a premium spot in the cabinet of just about every wellness guru and in-the-know restaurant alike. But aside from giving every food it touches an illustrious golden glow, does this special spice really live up to the hype? A quick look at its nutrition and you may find yourself on the Turmeric train, too.

Ancient Roots
Turmeric is a truly ancient food. With its use reported for thousands of years in India and Southeast Asia – and still among the most popular spices today – Turmeric is used frequently in both cooking and Ayurvedic Medicine. Although most people consider it a root, the edible portion of Turmeric is actually considered a rhizome, which is a root-like part of a plant that grows above ground. The papery skin on the exterior of the Turmeric rhizome is mostly comprised of tasteless fiber, but peeling it away reveals a vibrant orange interior. The distinctive color inside is primarily due to the presence of a phytochemical called Curcumin, which is at the core of Turmeric's health benefits.

Health Benefits
Curcumin is a strong anti-inflammatory nutrient, which has increasingly gained attention for its healing potential in arthritic conditions and movement-related stress (whether from lifestyle or exercise). Traditionally, Turmeric and its Curcumin concentration have been used to support liver health, aid circulation, lower cholesterol and build the blood. As a powerful antioxidant, Turmeric also fights free radicals, and has impressive antibiotic and anticancer properties, too. Some Turmeric is better than others, with the value really found within the Curcumin concentration. Navitas Organics specially sources a Turmeric Powder with an immensely high saturation of the antioxidant to amplify the superfood's benefits naturally. And lest we forget that Turmeric is a whole food and not a supplement, the beautiful superfood contains many other “bonus” micronutrients as well, such as beta carotene, caffeic acid, Vitamin C and potassium.

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Memory, Mood and Food – The Neuroprotective Capabilities of Curcumin Supplementation

Of the many concerns of aging, nothing is more important than enjoying a healthy mind to reflect on the blessings that life has offered. It’s also comforting to know that we have some level of personal control over our future brain function through a commitment to healthy habits. It is widely accepted that the best way to prevent many chronic diseases and ensure brain health later in life is by eating well, maintaining normal weight and controlling inflammation in the body throughout the lifespan. However, epidemiological studies have found reduced rates of Alzheimer’s, Dementia and mood disorders in places of the world like India suggesting that specific attributes in the traditional diets provide a rationale for this phenomenon. The idea that we can influence cognitive resilience and neuroplasticity, the creation of new and survivability of existing neuronal connections, by eating specific foods is intriguing.

The State of Brain Health Today
Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia, terms often used interchangeably, currently affect 1 in 10 people in the United States, incurring a financial toll of upwards of $259 billion in caregiving and healthcare expenses. Dementia is an umbrella term describing symptoms of memory loss and impaired cognition stemming from a variety of illnesses that can sometimes be reversed depending on the cause. Alzheimer’s Disease is progressive and largely incurable, characterized by the development of amyloid plaques in specific areas of the cortex and hippocampus responsible for logical thought and memory. Further contributing to the current crisis in brain health are the vast numbers of people suffering with mood and depressive disorders. It is estimated that at least 21 percent of the population in the United States will experience a mood disorder at some point in their lifetime. We can learn from cultural and traditional dietary practices in places where brain disorders are less prevalent to help illuminate aspects of diet that promote brain health more effectively.

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