Turmeric is a spice that comes from the turmeric plant. It is commonly used in Asian food and slowly getting more popular in the west where it is getting known for its numerous health benefits.
You probably know turmeric as the main spice in curry. It has a warm, bitter taste and is frequently used to flavor or color curry powders, mustards, butter, and cheeses. But the root of turmeric (a yellow-colored chemical called curcumin) is also used widely to make medicine. Because of its curcumin content, It is often used to color foods and cosmetics.
Health benefits are vast but not very well known so if you’re not a curry fan turmeric milk is an excellent option: simply add 1\/2 TSP of turmeric to hot or cold milk and here are the following benefits of drinking turmeric milk before bedtime.
1 It is a liver tonic
Laboratory tests and clinical studies have demonstrated the ability of the sir cumin and turmeric to prevent and reverse liver cirrhosis and fatty liver being the chemical hub of the body is constantly engaged in the processing of chemical substances entering the body that includes environmental pollutants chemical additives in processed foods and drugs taken for other disease conditions the hepatoprotective and detoxifying action of turmeric reduces the impact of injuries to liver tissue by these toxic substances increasing the production of bile it helps remove biliary obstructions – –
2 It is an excellent blood purifier
Turmeric has always been regarded as an excellent detoxifying agent. Our body has to deal with an onslaught of toxins that enter the blood through our food and drink as well as the respiratory tract. They can damage not only the blood vessels but all the other tissues that the contaminated blood reaches. Toxins in the blood are the underlying causes of many abnormal skin conditions and other diseases, turmeric helps the elimination of blood impurities by improving the function of the liver which is entrusted with the duty of identifying these toxins and finding a way to eliminate them moreover the diuretic effect of turmeric helps flush out these toxins through urine
3 Improved digestion
Turmeric can be used to help treat a variety of digestive problems including digestive tract inflammation and reduction of gas and bloating. Just a little daily can help with almost any condition however those with gallbladder disease should not take turmeric due to over stimulation.
4 For heart health
Turmeric has also been shown to reduce bad cholesterol LDL remove plaque buildup from the arteries and prevent blood clotting
5 It has anti-cancer properties
Turmeric has been shown to kill cancer cells and prevent their spread to other areas. In laboratory studies, it is found to be effective against cancers of the breast, prostate, skin, colon, and lung.
Many cancerous growths go undetected and untreated in the initial stages when it would have been much easier to stop them in their tracks, drinking turmeric milk regularly may help prevent malignant growths as well as stop their progression in the early stages
6 Gives relief from a coughing
Cold turmeric milk is a commonly used traditional remedy for a cough cold and other respiratory tract infections turmeric increases mucus production which naturally flushes out the microbes that have managed to get a foothold in the respiratory tract the antiviral and antibacterial properties of turmeric can help fight the infections while the anti-inflammatory property helps relieve the symptoms a cup of warm turmeric milk before going to bed will relieve a nighttime cough and provide restful sleep
7 Burns body fat and prevent diabetes
This is an aspect of turmeric ingestion that certainly can interest a lot of us. because turmeric can actually help you burn fat and help your insulin levels.
Insulin works in the way of fat loss. Every time we eat particularly a carbohydrate or protein our pancreas secretes insulin.
The problem is that if you’re constantly eating your pancreas is constantly secreting insulin and if your pancreas is constantly secreting insulin it doesn’t get a chance to recharge and rebuild enough insulin for the next meal so what can happen is you can actually become somewhat insulin resistant which means that your blood sugar is going to remain elevated it’s going to be that much easier to store fat it’s also going to be that much easier to become a type-2 diabetic.
But you can specifically use turmeric to help lower your blood sugar and ultimately help your fat loss goals.
And here we have to look at the counterpart to insulin and that is something called glucagon, another hormone.
If you eat lunch and you have a fair bit of carbohydrates about an hour or two hours later those insulin levels that were secreted and elevated after you consumed that meal begin to come down.
Because you see insulin stays in your body for about two to three hours depending on the individual and depending on how insulin sensitive you are.
so two or three hours down the line after eating that sandwich your body creates something called glucagon and what glucagon is more or less the opposite of insulin.
what glucagon does is tells your liver that insulin levels are beginning to drop and that the liver needs to release stored glucose from either the muscles or the liver to begin to elevate the blood sugar again.
What can also happen with this is that glucagon triggers your liver to release free fatty acids and ketones that is when fat-burning takes place.
So you need to have glucagon in order for your body to be able to burn fat but if your insulin levels are constantly elevated your body’s never really able to release those free fatty acids out of the adipose tissue or wherever they need to be released from to give you that energy that energy that is effectively using body fat as energy.
Well, that’s exactly where turmeric comes into place.
Turmeric comes into place because it has been shown to dramatically reduce your blood sugar levels specifically when taken with a meal. What this means is that rather than having your insulin levels elevated for two to three hours after a meal it can be brought down to one to two hours meaning you have a larger fat loss window simply by using turmeric. in fact, a recent study found that those that had diabetes or chronically high levels of blood sugar that added curcumin (which is turmeric) to every meal of the day for six weeks had a reduction by 30 to 40 percent in their overall blood sugar.
Now that is a pretty dramatic response when you couple that kind of lowering of blood sugar along with the right kind of diet the right kind of meal timing, and of course the right kind of exercise you can exponentially increase the amount of body fat that you burn.
So now we get to the real question when and where do you add turmeric? Where are you going to get the most bang for the buck?
So, if you have a sandwich at 12:00 and your insulin levels would be suppressed around1:00 or 2:00 p.m. (verses 2 to 3 p.m) because you added turmeric with that meal.
If you added turmeric with that meal your insulin levels would be suppressed around 1:00 or 2:00 p.m. (verses 2 to 3 p.m.).
now if you’re eating every 2 or 3 hours the glucagon effect is somewhat minimal but id you use your turmeric whenever you’re going to have a longer gap between meals (perhaps if you’re intermittent fasting on a 16 hour window) you really will maximize the effects of fat burning so add some turmeric to that last meal before you start the fasting phase and you can gain an extra one to two hours of glucagon response and ultimately some fat burning.
Until next time