The basics of heart disease
Heart disease is the leading cause of death globally, and the risk factors for developing heart disease include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, and diabetes. Studies have shown that turmeric may help address some of these risk factors and reduce the risk of heart disease.
How Can Turmeric Help Heart Health?
Turmeric’s active compound curcumin has been found to have anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is a natural response of the body to injury or infection, but chronic inflammation can lead to a variety of health problems, including heart disease. Curcumin has been found to reduce inflammation in the body by blocking the activity of certain enzymes that cause inflammation.
In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, curcumin has been found to have antioxidant effects. Antioxidants help to protect the body from damage caused by free radicals, which are unstable molecules that can damage cells and contribute to aging and disease. Free radical damage has been linked to heart disease, and by neutralizing these molecules, antioxidants may help to reduce the risk of heart disease.
Turmeric has also been found to have cholesterol-lowering effects. High levels of LDL cholesterol, also known as “bad” cholesterol, are a risk factor for heart disease. Studies have shown that curcumin can help to lower LDL cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Additionally, turmeric may help to improve endothelial function, which is the function of the lining of the blood vessels. Endothelial dysfunction is an early marker of heart disease, and studies have shown that curcumin may help to improve endothelial function by increasing the production of nitric oxide, a molecule that helps to dilate blood vessels and improve blood flow.
Turmeric may also help to reduce blood pressure, another risk factor for heart disease. High blood pressure puts stress on the heart and blood vessels, and over time, this can contribute to the development of heart disease. Studies have found that curcumin can help to lower blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels and reducing inflammation.
Ways to Incorporate Turmeric Into Your Daily Routine
Incorporating turmeric into your diet may be a good choice for overall heart health. Turmeric is a versatile spice that can be used in a variety of dishes, from curries to smoothies. The bioavailability (the portion of the curcumin that enters the circulation in the body) of turmeric can be low, so consider pairing it with black pepper, which contains a compound called piperine that can enhance the absorption of curcumin.
Taking a high quality turmeric supplement may be more beneficial than trying to add turmeric to your daily diet. 10X Health System has created its own turmeric supplement, CoreCumin. CoreCumin contains one of the purest extractions of curcumin compared to other supplements in the market. 10X Health System also uses a cutting edge formulation process which ensures optimal bioavailability and efficacy.
FAQs About Adding Turmeric Supplements to Your Wellness Routine
How much turmeric should I take daily?
The common amount prescribed by doctors is 500 milligrams twice daily with food. However, this amount can change depending on your overall health. It’s always a good idea to check with an experienced healthcare provider before starting any new health and wellness routines.
10X Health System’s CoreCumin is 100% turmeric extract, and the recommended dosage is between 4 to 5 drops added directly to an 8 oz. glass of water 1-3 times a day.
Are there any side effects to turmeric supplements?
Taking large amounts of turmeric and curcumin in supplement form may cause stomach upset and, in extreme cases, ulcers. People who have gallstones or obstruction of the bile passages should talk to their doctor before taking turmeric, as well as people who have diabetes.
Is it safe to take turmeric supplements daily?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is safe to consume 1.4 mg of turmeric per pound of body weight each day.
Turmeric supplementation can benefit your heart health, but should not replace a healthy lifestyle. Eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy weight are all factors in reducing your risk of heart disease.
10X Health can help you decide if turmeric supplementation can benefit your wellness journey. Reach out to us or order your first supplement today!