10 Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin

1. Improved Memory

For years, it’s been suggested that eating lots of turmeric is a reason why seniors in India have much lower rates of Alzheimer’s than Americans. Now, a study at the University of California Los Angeles may help to explain the link. Among 40 people ages 50–90, those who took a curcumin supplement daily improved their memory, according to standard tests, by 28 percent after 18 months.

2. A Stronger Heart

A review of studies with a total of 649 patients, published in Nutrition Journal, found that both turmeric and curcumin supplements could enhance heart health by reducing LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and lowering triglycerides among people at risk for heart disease. Levels of “good” HDL cholesterol did not change. In earlier animal research, curcumin somewhat reversed enlarged hearts, reduced scar tissue, and improved heart function.

3. Healthier Skin

Treating burns and scalds with a topical curcumin gel enhanced healing, reduced pain and inflammation, and resulted in less or no scarring, in a study at the David Geffen School of Medicine in Los Angeles. In animal research, both topical and oral curcumin shows a protective effect against the most common form of skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma. Many skincare products contain turmeric or curcumin to treat blemishes and soothe irritation. The herb is also taken as a therapy for eczema and psoriasis by natural practitioners.

Healthy Tip!

If you have psoriasis, eczema, or a similar type of skin condition, consider taking a turmeric supplement to reduce flare-ups.

4. Better Digestion

Turmeric is a traditional remedy for indigestion, and studies have found it can help heal or prevent digestive disorders. British researchers found that a turmeric extract, taken daily for eight weeks, reduced symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. In Japan, adding curcumin to prescription medications for ulcerative colitis improved results. Adding turmeric to food can also reduce risk for bacterial stomach infections.

5. Less Dry Eye

A review of animal, lab, and human research, published in the journal Planta Medica, found that taking curcumin supplements for a few weeks can help relieve discomfort from dry eye and other eye conditions, such as allergic conjunctivitis, anterior uveitis, glaucoma, maculopathy, and ischemic and diabetic retinopathy. Researchers found that extracts designed to improve absorption, such as BCM-95 and Meriva, were some effective forms of curcumin supplements.

6. Seasonal Allergy Relief

A study of 241 people with seasonal allergies, published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, found that curcumin significantly reduced symptoms, when compared to a placebo. Taken daily for two months, the supplement reduced sneezing, mucus, and nasal congestion, and improved breathing.

7. Healthier Arteries

With age, the ability of arteries to dilate deteriorates, increasing the odds of high blood pressure. A Japanese study of post-menopausal women, published in Nutrition Research, found that taking a daily curcumin supplement for eight weeks was as effective as doing aerobic exercise, in terms of improving dilation of arteries.

8. Less Diabetes

A study published in Diabetes Care found that curcumin supplements, taken daily for nine months, effectively prevented diabetes from developing among people who were already at high risk for the disease. In a group of 240 people diagnosed with prediabetes, none of those taking curcumin developed diabetes, compared to 16 percent of those taking a placebo. Curcumin reduced inflammation and improved the body’s ability to use insulin, which improves levels of blood sugar and keeps diabetes at bay.

9. Better Liver Function

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is linked to excess body fat and develops among 50–90 percent of those who are obese. A study of 87 people with the disease, published in Drug Research, found that liver health improved for 75 percent of those who took daily curcumin supplements for eight weeks. Among those taking a placebo, improvement was seen in five percent.

10. Arthritis Pain Relief

Studies with nearly 800 people have found that curcumin relieves pain from osteoarthritis, sometimes just as well as ibuprofen. And those with rheumatoid arthritis can also benefit. A study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food found that taking a curcumin supplement for three months reduced pain, inflammation, and medical markers of rheumatoid arthritis.

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MariGold Pumpkin Spice Collection
(with Turmeric and MORE!)

The fall weather is on its way, and with the change of season comes delicious fall flavors! At MariGold, we love us some PUMPKIN SPICE flavor! The pumpkin spice flavor is more than just a tasty seasonal treat…it actually contains some incredible ingredients that come packed with a multitude of health benefits. Along with our perfect spice blend, our NEW Pumpkin Spice Collection also contains Turmeric and other beneficial ingredients for keeping your body in top shape this fall season…
  • Turmeric – its anti-inflammatory properties can aid in pain relief by reducing inflammation in the body as well as help improve memory by reducing brain inflammation.  It contains antioxidant properties that can protect your body from free radicals, and may help lower the risk of heart disease.
  • Green Banana Powder – a resistant starch that acts as a prebiotic for a healthy gut microbiome, and can help improve insulin response.
Pumpkin Spice Blend:
  • Cinnamon – Loaded with powerful antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, may help reduce the risk of heart disease, can help improve insulin response and lower blood sugar levels, and may help fight bacterial and fungal infection.
  • Ginger – Rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It can provide relief from indigestion, nausea and other gut-related ailments. It can also help lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
  • Cloves – are a rich source of manganese and are antioxidant-rich. Cloves have antimicrobial properties that may help reduce the risk of liver disease, support health bone density, and may help regulate blood sugar levels.
  • Nutmeg – Contains an abundance of antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, may even have positive effects on heart health, libido, mood, and blood sugar levels.
In addition to all these incredibly beneficial ingredients, our Pumpkin Spice Whey Isolate Powder and Pumpkin Spice Collagen Peptides contain L-Glutamine. L-Glutamine plays a pivotal role in gut health, immune function, energy metabolism, and detoxification.* Whether you love pumpkin spice lattes, enjoy fall-themed smoothie, or love to bake scrumptious seasonal treats, Our Pumpkin Spice Collection has something for every pumpkin spice lover.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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