Turmeric for Heart Health
It’s March, and many of my clients are hitting weight loss goal plateaus…they become desperate and fixated on taking off “those last 10lbs”. I’ve realized that people will try ANYTHING to lose weight – exercise programs, food elimination and crazy FAD diets.
When it comes to FAD diets you have to be SUPER careful and protect your ticker while you’re putting your body into shock! I know, I know you’re excited, and will try anything, no matter how crazy it sounds.
One of my clients said “I’ll put butter in my coffee, eat a pound of bacon, eat ONLY seeds and nuts, or drink cups of apple cider vinegar if I could look like a super model!” – I asked her, what do you think are the long-term effects of these diets on your overall health? Are they a “quick fix” – OR – is it something YOU can do for the rest of your life? How will these quick-fix diets affect your heart health?
For those of you who want a QUICK fix anti-inflammatory supplement that is HEART HEALTHY, look no further!
For hundreds of years (maybe more) healers and health gurus have recommended Turmeric for daily consumption and use in your health, wellness and beauty endeavors. WHY?? Here are 5 HEART HEALTH benefits of Turmeric from MeFirstLiving.com*:
1. Turmeric Curcumin Helps Protect Your Heart Against Heart Failure
Curcumin has an antioxidant effect on the cardiovascular system that has shown benefits towards cardiovascular complications and even heart failure, especially in diabetics. There are important qualities that Curcumin contains to protect the heart and surrounding systems that contribute to heart health. For instance, one of the main benefits Curcumin carries is how effective it is as an anti-inflammatory, anti-thrombotic and anti-proliferative.
Many different studies have been conducted on the efficacy of heart health benefits of turmeric, and more specifically Curcumin. Many of these studies have concluded that Curcumin is certainly effective in the role of protecting your heart from heart failure. These same studies have even shown positive results in the improvement and treatment cardiac hypertrophy, which is also known as enlargement of the heart.
2. Turmeric Curcumin May Help Against Hypertension
Hypertension, otherwise known as high blood pressure, often changes the lining and structure of the vascular wall. These changes that are made in the arteries and vascular walls are often caused by excessive emotional stress, poor diet or other medical conditions. There are studies that have been performed to help determine possible effects on preventing these symptoms of high blood pressure. The main compound of Turmeric, Curcumin, as well as the main compound in black pepper, also known as Piperine, are the compounds studied in this example.
These studies administered 40mg of Piperine and 100mg of Curcumin on a daily basis, and these studies showed that the increase of blood pressure was partially resisted thanks to the extract. The Curcumin and Piperine extract, in the conclusion, was able to prevent major changes in the vascular walls due to increased blood pressure.
3. Turmeric Curcumin May Help Protect You from a Stroke
Turmeric isn’t the first supplement you would think to grab off of your shelf when it comes to helping prevent strokes. However, turmeric’s main compound, Curcumin, has been shown to help prevent the effects of stroke. Now, a stroke counts as a neurodegenerative disease, meaning it causes deterioration of the brain, so what do strokes have to do with heart health? Well, strokes can be caused by your cardiovascular health, such as plaque buildup, stress, cholesterol levels and much more. Your heart health directly affects your mind and your risk of stroke and other neurodegenerative diseases.
Turmeric, or rather its main compound Curcumin, affects your heart health by reducing the amount of cholesterol and plaque that has built up in your arteries as well as reducing the amount of inflammation around your heart and arteries.
4. Turmeric Curcumin Lowers Your LDL and Bad Cholesterol
Many people are beginning to take a look at their bad cholesterol and LDL levels to help protect their heart health. Turmeric’s main compound, Curcumin, has been studied extensively on the subject of cardiovascular health and potential benefitsand treatments. Curcumin extracts that contain black pepper have been shown to have many different effects on cardiovascular health, especially when it comes to lowering your LDL and bad cholesterol.
In a controlled study, three different groups of rabbits were fed a combination of standard grade rabbit chow, cholesterol, and lard. One group received a high dose of Curcumin extract daily, one group received a lower dose and the third group received none to act as the control. The conclusion of the study showed that the lower dosages of Curcumin extract lowered the overall cholesterol and LDL levels of the rabbits. This means that a proper Curcumin extract dosage may help reduce the effects of cardiovascular issues such as poor LDL and bad cholesterol in humans.
5. Turmeric Curcumin Fights Cardiovascular Disease
Cardiovascular disease is considered an inflammatory disease of the heart. This disease is one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide. Curcumin extract has a lot of beneficial compound applications such as anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, and many different studies have been performed to help determine the exact benefits of Curcumin when it comes to cardiovascular disease. Combined with a proper diet to help prevent problems, Curcumin has been concluded to aid in preventing and treating cardiovascular disease.
Thanks to the anti-inflammatory properties of Curcumin, the strain placed on your heart and vascular walls is greatly reduced and helps reduce cholesterol and stress. Curcumin also has many anti-platelet and anti-coagulant effects that help your body regain freedom and use of important areas in your vascular system. Anti-thrombotic properties help ensure that the formation of blood clots within your arteries is hindered and may even be able to prevent such clots.
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*Find the full article and more @ MeFirstLiving.com – AND – Check out this video on maintaining HEART HEALTH!
Wishing you lots of Love & Yum,
Lindsay “Mama” O’Neill