The fact that India has one of the lowest rates of colon, prostate and lung cancer in the world compared to other countries, motivated researchers to understand what causes this phenomenon. According to the researchers, the Indian spicy diet, where turmeric stands out, is one of the causes of lowest cancer rates globally.
Recently, science has begun to support what Indians have known for a long time, curcuma has properties that make it a true natural remedy. These compounds are called curcuminoids, among which the most important is curcumin.
Probably the anti-inflammatory properties of curcuma are the main reason why curcuma is considered a golden spice. Oncogene magazine published the results of a study evaluating various anti-inflammatory compounds and found that aspirin and ibuprofen are less efficient compared to curcuma.
Curcuma is able to interfere with the levels of brain neurotransmitters (chemical messengers - serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine) that influence mood, behavior, appetite, and emotions. In experimental models of depression, curcumin has been shown to increase levels of the neurotransmitter known as "good mood" - serotonin, as well as alleviate other symptoms of depression.
Through an article titled "Curcumin: The Gold Spice in Nutraceuticals," published by Sahdeo Prasad, MD Anderson Cancer Center specialist in Houstun, you can see an endless list of benefits in curcuma’s use. When tested, curcumin properties (anti-bacterial antiseptic and anti-microbial) showed up highly active against various types of cancer.
There are several ways yo you can incorporate turmeric into your day-to-day life. Appreciate from all the beneficial properties of the "golden spice" in your diet, whether through food or supplements. Try it!