Anyone worried about heart health should become friendly with curcumin. The potent component of the Indian spice turmeric, curcumin even looks powerful because of its vivid orange-yellow color. Multiple research studies have proven curcumin has healthful anti-inflammatory properties. Further analysis has shown that, because it can lower the expansion of blood vessels in malignant tumors, it can potentially help prevent cancer.
Because of its anti-cancer association, curcumin’s other benefits have often been overlooked, such as the heart protection it may offer. Here are four ways that it can be beneficial in preventing coronary problems.
1. Curcumin Lowers the Risk of Heart Damage Caused by Hyperglycemia
High blood sugar is not only a major factor in diabetes, it also is closely connected to coronary health. This is one of the reasons why people who have diabetes are up to 300% more likely to suffer from heart disease. Hypergylcemia has a detrimental effect on the blood vessels as well as the heart. However, these damaging effects are lowered by curcumin.
2. Curcumin Helps Arteries Work Better
Don’t have enough time to go to the gym? Put more curcumin into your diet, because it assists arterial function as well as getting regular exercise. A report that Nutrition published in 2012 revealed that a daily dose of 150 grams of curcumin did just as much to support the work of the arterial system as did regular aerobic exercise. Of course, there’s no reason why you couldn’t do both!
3. Curcumin Works Like Hypertension Medication
Doctors often prescribe ACE inhibitor medications for their patients with high blood pressure. But they can have risks. If you want to lower blood pressure without any side-effects then spoon more turmeric into your soups and stews. Curcumin helps increase blood flow and reduce blood pressure by reacting with angiotensin, a stimulator for the contraction of the muscles in your arteries.
4. Curcumin Helps Your Cholesterols
If you want a lower level of bad, LDL cholesterol and a higher level of good, HDL cholesterol, then (in case you haven’t guessed by now) it’s curcumin to the rescue once again. Research has shown that adding one gram per day of curcumin improves levels of cholesterols as stated above. Additionally, it can reduce the belly fat known to contribute to many health issues. Plus, it lowers the build-up of arterial plaque.
The Latin name for turmeric is Curcuma longo, and the plant is a perennial herb related to ginger. Native to India, turmeric grows best where the rain is abundant and the temperatures are mild, in the 20 to 30 degrees Celsius range (68 to 86 Fahrenheit). Although you can cook with fresh turmeric roots (actually, they are rhizomes). But the spice is more typically boiled, dried, and ground up into a brightly colored powder.
The flavor has been described as warm, peppery and bitter, and its aroma is similar to mustard in its earthiness.
For those who don’t enjoy its taste or who do not have an affinity for Indian cuisine, then Curcumin (the more powerful extract taken from turmeric) is available readily in the form of supplements such as Turmeric Curcumin capsules by Natures Nutrition
About the author:
Marlie Parsons is a freelance journalist who enjoys researching and writing about alternative health and wellness.