Benefits of Turmeric
After a rough day on Mount Olympus, Zeus lit candles, listened to Enya, and bathed in turmeric—or so the story goes. Zeus is the God of the sky, li...
After a rough day on Mount Olympus, Zeus lit candles, listened to Enya, and bathed in turmeric—or so the story goes. Zeus is the God of the sky, lightning, and thunder, and the fact that he claims Enya with zero f*cks given means that he’s in touch with his feminine side and confident in his sexuality. Zeus also drinks Mud\Wtr, but look that’s not the point. The point is that MUD\WTR contains turmeric and we’re here to talk about its benefits.
Turmeric comes from the root of Curcuma longa, a flowering plant of the ginger family. It looks like a ginger root with knobby joints and a vibrant yellow color. Turmeric has been used in India for more than 5,000 years both as a dye and added flavor for curry. By the 13th century the spice had reached China, and in Marco Polo’s memoirs about his time in China, he compared the electrifying root to the valuable spice, saffron. This is likely the reason why turmeric was known then as “Indian saffron.”
More recently, though, Western medicine has taken notice of the plant for its range of health benefits and it’s now considered a potent nutritional supplement. The benefits of turmeric include its potential to improve brain health, lower inflammation, kill harmful bacteria, and fight cancer. It could also stain your T-shirt which could lead to a stranger saying, “Hey you stained your T-shirt,” which could lead to a conversation about the benefits of turmeric, which could lead to a lasting friendship or fiery dalliance. Never know.
Rather than make hyperbolic claims that drinking one cup of MUD\WTR will dissolve your inflammation like a setting sun and grant you the cognitive clarity of Nikola Tesla, we’d rather be straight up—you need to consume a shit ton of turmeric to derive all of its benefits. The primary active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin which accounts for much of its benefits. Curcumin is poorly absorbed into the body, and black pepper can greatly increase absorption. But, if you drink MUD\WTR daily, and you supplement with additional turmeric and black pepper, well, just ask Zeus what happens.
When it comes to brain health, curcumin can increase a growth hormone called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). This hormone is responsible for ramping up the process of neuron growth. Many common brain disorders have been linked to decreased levels of this hormone, including depression and Alzheimer's disease.
Chronic inflammation kills. Curcumin is strongly anti-inflammatory and can match even prescription anti-inflammatory drugs, without the side effects. It blocks NF-kB, a molecule that goes inside the nuclei of your cells and turns on genes related to inflammation.
In one study done on heart disease, 121 people who were undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery either took a placebo or 4 grams of curcumin per day, a few days before and after the surgery. The curcumin group had a 65% decreased risk of experiencing a heart attack in the hospital. When it comes to heart disease, perhaps the main benefit of curcumin is improving the function of the endothelium, which lines your blood vessels.
In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is also a powerful anti-bacterial agent. Johnson & Johnson, the well-known US drug company, makes turmeric bandages for the Indian market. In one study, scientists demonstrated that the spice could suppress cell division of E. coli, a harmful bacteria lurking in hospitals and nursing homes.
Though research is still in its early stages, curcumin may reduce the activity of colon cancer. Evidence suggests that curcumin can suppress tumor initiation, promotion and metastasis. Human clinical trials indicated no dose-limiting toxicity when administered at doses up to 10 g/day which suggests that curcumin has enormous potential in the prevention and therapy of cancer.
Although Zeus had the power to conjure storms and shoot flames across the sky, he was very conscious of inflammation in his own body. The Greek God knew that chronic inflammation would make his knees sensitive and mind foggy, which would allow the Titans to overtake him. This is why in the original scrolls, the Greek God was depicted with a thunderbolt in his raised right hand and a thermos of MUD\WTR in his left.