Imagine being in your doctor’s office and discussing the fact that you’re carrying around some extra pounds, or that you are beginning to experience some symptoms of prediabetes, but instead of writing you a prescription for a diet pill he tells you to get yourself to an Indian Restaurant…ASAP.
Sounds strange, right? Well, allow me to explain.
It turns out that a chemical called curcumin found in turmeric—the spice that gives many Indian dishes, like curry for example, their distinctive yellow color—is a powerful deterrent against the kind of liver disease that’s commonly associated with obesity and diabetes.
Researchers at Saint Louis University found that curcumin has the ability to fight liver fibrosis, a condition that eventually leads to cirrhosis followed by total liver failure.
The study, published in the November issue of the journal Endocrinology, found that curcumin is able to battle the liver disease by canceling out the effects of the hormone leptin. Leptin is responsible for the overproduction of the collagen protein that’s to blame for the damage to the liver.
While more study is, of course, needed, there’s no reason for you not to take advantage of the liver-protection that curcumin offers now. Turmeric has a warm peppery flavor that’s a great compliment to vegetable, rice, potato, and meat dishes. Just sprinkle it on top of your favorite foods to get a curcumin kick. (What a delicious way to “take your medicine!”)
If you’re not a fan of the taste of turmeric, get your curcumin in supplement form instead.
Oh, and as an added benefit turmeric may be able to soothe occasional tummy troubles. The spice, a member of the ginger family, has traditionally been used to treat heartburn, stomach pain, diarrhea, gas, and bloating.
Frankly, I love Indian food so this is one time when I’m more than happy to “take my medicine.”
Oh, and if you’re looking for a way to try out tumeric, check out this recipe for Curried Scrambled Eggs submitted by fellow HealthierTalk.com reader Aban K.