The potential health benefits of turmeric, a popular spice characterized by a peppery flavor, have been heralded since ancient times. While not every claim made about turmeric is backed by conclusive scientific evidence, there are some known benefits associated with the spice that could be good news for seniors.
1. Fights Inflammation
Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric responsible for the spice’s yellow color, is a strong anti-inflammatory compound. It’s believed it may block a molecule linked to inflammation associated with chronic conditions like arthritis. The anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin aid in combating cytokines, which cause pain and inflammation in joints, muscles, and tendons. Some studies have shown this supplement is as effective as ibuprofen at relieving the pain of osteoarthritis.
2. Soothes the Stomach
The supplement form of turmeric has been found to be effective for treating upset stomach and heartburn. This benefit has also been linked to the spice’s anti-inflammatory properties.
3. Boosts Heart Health
The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric may help seniors who have had bypass surgery. A 2012 study involving curcumin capsules given to seniors after bypass surgery found the medication reduced the risk of post-surgery heart attacks. In fact, researchers noted curcumin may lower this risk by as much as 65 percent due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Some studies show that in addition to preventing heart attacks through reducing inflammation, turmeric may also lower the levels of unhealthy cholesterol in the blood. In one study, overweight people who took a turmeric supplement every day for three months showed lower total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglyceride levels.
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4. Delays Diabetes
Curcumin supplements may delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in seniors. In a study of individuals with prediabetes, half of the group was given curcumin capsules, while the other was given a daily placebo for nine months. At the end of the research, no one in the curcumin group had developed diabetes, compared to 16 percent of those in the placebo group.
5. Deters Cancer
According to the American Cancer Society, curcumin interferes with steps in the cancer development process associated with the spread of the disease. There’s also evidence suggesting it may amplify the effects of chemotherapy.
6. Protects the Brain
It’s long been known that curcumin may preserve memory in seniors with Alzheimer’s, but early research shows turmeric may actually prevent the disease from developing. Two of the lesser-known compounds in turmeric may help with recovery from stroke and Alzheimer’s by encouraging the repair of stem cells in the brain.
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7. Enhances Mood
A study of people with depression found those given curcumin had similar results to subjects treated with Prozac. There’s also evidence suggesting curcumin may reverse some of the chemical changes in the brain linked to depression.
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