What is turmeric and what does it do?
You’ve probably seen everything from turmeric face masks, turmeric golden milk, turmeric lattes, turmeric teas to turmeric supplements online but what exactly is it? Well, turmeric ( curcuma longa) is a spice that comes from the turmeric plant and works in surprising ways because of its various medicinal properties. It’s a tropical plant in the same family as ginger with large green leaves that can grow well over 3 or more feet tall! It thrives in warm, humid conditions with well-drained soil. Turmeric aids in maintaining healthy blood sugar (blood glucose) and reducing the glycemic index of food. It works to control blood glucose by inhibiting proteins and in some cases possibly preventing diabetes syndrome by suppressing vascular inflammation.
In Chinese Medicine, turmeric is considered an herb that invigorates the blood. This class of herbs may be used to treat pain, ulcers, and abdominal masses.
Is it safe and how can I add it to my diet?
Turmeric is safe and when used in different recipes that many find actually quite delicious. Some commonly known benefits of turmeric include:
- Manages glucose and may help people with diabetes
- Curcumin, the powerful compound in turmeric has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties
- When paired with black pepper it’s medicinal properties are strengthened
- Increases the antioxidant capacity of the body
- Boosts brain function
- Can lower risk of heart disease
You will find turmeric pairs nicely in many of your popular dishes including eggs, rice, teas, and even non-dairy milk drinks. Turmeric spice (powder) can be stored in a tight container and kept fresh for a few months but some find it difficult to introduce the benefits into their diet because they do not favor the taste or have the time to concoct recipes. For those individuals who’d like to try turmeric for its health benefits specific to maintaining healthy blood sugar, we have some helpful solutions!
Can I take a supplement instead?
Be careful with taking just any supplement. You’re going to want to make sure you’re taking natural supplements like our Blood Glucose...zing™ which includes a proprietary blend of turmeric and Japanese honeysuckle and astragalus. Our supplement is completely herbal, all-natural, vegan, non-GMO and gluten-free! It’s a healthy addition to your healthy diet routine which, again helps to manage blood glucose levels already in the normal range.
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