Praised for many centuries for its medicinal properties, turmeric is a popular spice that is everything but not ordinary. Being a part of curry dishes, this superfood offers plenty of health benefits.

It possesses potent antibiotic properties, can boost your memory and even fight come cancer types. A recent study showed that this spice can improve your cardiovascular health as much as a physical exercise!

So, let’s find out more about this!

Turmeric and the Cardiovascular System

The American Journal of Cardiology published a study which showed that turmeric extract can effectively lower risk of heart attack by up to 56%.

An earlier study also showed that eating the spice or taking supplements can provide similar effects like aerobic exercise when it comes to improving your heart health.

A pinch of turmeric can have the same effect on your cardiovascular system as 1 hour of brisk walking or jogging.

Curcumin, the Powerfull Ingredient

The effectiveness of turmeric is mostly due to its active compound, known as curcumin.

Besides being responsible for the spice’s color, this compound has potent properties that can improve vascular function, especially in postmenopausal women.

At this age, women could easily develop heart problems and face with a real health concern.

How to Take Advantage of Turmeric for Your Cardiovascular Health

  • The results of the study showed that 150 mg of turmeric extract taken for 8 weeks can improve the function of your heart.
  • Turmeric powder found in stores does not have a high content of curcumin (only 2%).
  • To obtain its health benefits, take 1 teaspoon of turmeric on a daily basis. However, you can also use turmeric extract capsules.
  • Drinking turmeric juice, adding turmeric to your teas, or adding a pinch of turmeric to your meals can help to get its health benefits.

Even though turmeric can effectively improve the function and health of the cardiovascular system, don’t forget to exercise regularly.

Supplements and turmeric are beneficial, but they can’t replace the exercising and being physically active.

 

Source : Source: www.healthyandsmartliving.com
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