Turmeric is a trending buzzword with lots of hype. Currently, food and nutrition brands all over the world offer turmeric smoothies, bowls, teas, capsules, and more. Even coffee shops have utilized turmeric to invent the “golden latte.” But what’s the big deal? As it turns out, turmeric is linked to much more than nice looking drinks. The ancient spice actually has a long list of health benefits that make it worthy of its growing popularity. Turmeric smoothies, like The Turmeric at Juice It Up!, are powerful anti-inflammatory drinks that may strengthen heart health, reduce depression symptoms, relieve arthritis symptoms, and more! Although there are many insights below, the best way to experience turmeric smoothie benefits is by visiting Juice It Up! and trying one for yourself!
What Is Turmeric?
Turmeric is a strong, slightly bitter golden spice and superfood that’s derived from the rhizome of the plant Curcuma longa. It strongly resembles fresh ginger in both appearance and edibility, and it can be found in the fresh produce section of most grocery stores. More identifiable is the ground, bright orange turmeric powder found in most aisles with spices. While Turmeric may seem like a relatively new trend in North American nutrition, historically, these roots have been commonly used in Asia and India for thousands of years. Its vibrant color has long inspired Indian and Nepalese cultures to use turmeric as a natural clothing dye and food coloring. In a Juice It Up! smoothie, turmeric’s stunning color is beautifully put on display!
Why Get a Turmeric Smoothie?
Long before turmeric was a smoothie craze it was a medicinal craze. With over 10,000 peer-reviewed published articles, turmeric is hailed as one of the most powerful, disease-reversing herbs on the planet. It is one of the most cited herbs in all of medicine, not only because of its benefits but because of its safety – it has very few side effects that scientists are aware of.
A Juice It Up! smoothie is one of the best ways to consume turmeric because ingredients are combined to give you the best taste, nutrients are blended to easily assimilate into your body, and it’s all done for you! Our hit smoothie is The Turmeric: an all-in blend of tangy pineapple, crisp apple, raw carrot, zesty ginger, banana and turmeric. Here are some of the greatest health benefits of a turmeric smoothie:
1. Relieve Inflammation & Arthritis Symptoms
Turmeric smoothies are healthy treats because turmeric is an excellent source of curcumin. Curcumin is an anti-inflammatory agent that is most powerful inflammation reducer in the world. Although arthritis cannot be cured, ongoing doses of curcumin have been proven to be just as (or more) effective than the most frequently prescribed medications. Moreover, the journal Oncogene published the results of a study that found that curcumin is more effective than aspirin and ibuprofen, two of the most common non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Since inflammation is the foundation of many diseases, most people would greatly benefit by an increase of turmeric in their diet.
2. Regulate Cholesterol & Heart Health
Poor diets often lead to high blood sugars, and high blood sugars lead to heart disease and high cholesterol levels. To combat this rapidly increasing issue in the United States, physicians prescribe statin drugs that do reduce cholesterol; however, they fail to address the heart of the problem: inflammation and high blood sugar levels causing oxidative stress. This often leads to increased harm to the kidneys and liver. Thankfully, a study done by Drugs in R & D discovered that curcumin found in turmeric is a great remedy to reduce oxidative stress, inflammation, and high cholesterol. The same properties also have been observed to slow or prevent blood clots, which in turn may prevent a heart attack, stroke, or damage to the body’s organs. For this reason, many consumers come to Juice It Up! to begin juicing for heart health.
3. Reduce Depression Symptoms
In 2014, the journal Phytotherapy Research published an amazing study of curcumin’s impact on neurotransmitter function through the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). The study found that curcumin was equally effective as fluoxetine (PROZAC®) in managing depression. Since then, further studies have confirmed that curcumin may be used as an effective way to reduce symptoms in consumers with mild depression.
In addition to these benefits, curcumin found in turmeric is an antioxidant, anti-tumor, antibacterial, and antiviral agent. Regular consumption can help flush out dietary carcinogens, boost liver detox, and delay the aging process. For these reasons, a turmeric smoothie is great health food addition or meal replacement smoothie for most people.
Find a Juice It Up! near you today to boost your immune system and experience the amazing benefits of turmeric.