Turmeric has a long history as it has been used in Asian cuisine and medicine and it’s also one of the most healthy spices in the world. There have been a lot of studies that confirmed the benefits of this spice in treating arthritis, depression, diabetes etc. The last one, however, proved that turmeric take regularly (a teaspoon of it every day) reduces the risk of a heart attack – the same way as working out for 60 minutes three times a week.
The study included 32 postmenopausal women and covered a period of 8 weeks. The women were assigned to 3 groups – a turmeric group, a control group, and an exercise group. None of the women were allowed to make dietary of lifestyle changes. To assess the the endothelium (the inner lining of blood vessels) an ultrasound was used on each participant. Flow-mediated arterial dilation was measured as well to evaluate arterial elasticity.
Women in the turmeric group took 1 teaspoon of turmeric a day. The exercise group did aerobic exercise 2-3 times a week (supervised) and additional home-based training, like walking and cycling. Each session lasted for 30-60 minutes.
The research found that the exercise and the turmeric group experienced improvement in the endothelial function. What’s more, the results from both groups were almost identical, meaning that daily intake of turmeric provides the same effect as exercising regularly.
Another study followed in 2012 conducted by the Chiang Mai University of Thailand that found turmeric protects endothelium cells from damage and reduces inflammation.
To enjoy the benefits of turmeric take a tablespoon of turmeric every day. You can also try taking freshly squeezed turmeric juice. You can combine it with olive oil, black pepper, or coconut oil.
Of course, all of this doesn’t mean that turmeric can replace physical activity. Exercising regularly is strongly recommended.