Turmeric works in numerous ways to potentially boost heart health, with many researchers touting the benefit of incorporating turmeric into your daily supplement regimen. Here are a few potential heart healthy benefits of turmeric.
It may help prevent heart attacks
Curcumin, the principal curcuminoid of turmeric, is cardioprotective in nature. Curcumin is found to impact genes that influence cardiac repair and cardiac function after a heart attack. Curcumin has extensive possible cardioprotective effects against diabetic cardiovascular complications, cardiac hypertrophy and myocardial infarction (MI), according to an article published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health.
It may help patients recover from a heart attack
Researchers suggest that dietary curcumin is potentially beneficial for those recovering from a heart attack as it facilitates proper cardiac repair. A study published in American Journal of Cardiology, 2012 examined the effect of curcuminoid therapy in those undergoing a specific heart surgery. The study found that found turmeric extract possibly reduces post-bypass heart attack risk by 56%.
It may support healthy blood pressure
Researchers at Japan’s Kyoto Medical Center found that curcumin potentially helps support healthy blood pressure in addition to preventing cardiac hypertrophy.
It may improve vascular function
A study published in the journal Nutrition Research in 2012 that revealed that curcumin, the primary polyphenol in turmeric and which gives the spice its golden hue, is as effective in improving vascular function in postmenopausal women as a moderate aerobic exercise training regimen. In the study, after eight weeks of intervention, flow-mediated dilation increased significantly in both curcumin and exercise groups, compared to the control.
It may help reduce plaque buildup
Turmeric may prevent clot formation and reduce plaque buildup. A variety of heart disorders are the direct result of plaque buildup which causes blood clots to form in the arteries of the heart. Strokes and heart attacks are usually the outcome of the accumulation of blood clots in the arteries. Turmeric is said to possibly minimize the risk of blood platelets forming clots by relaxing the blood vessels and preventing heart attack.
It may help against hypertension
Studies showed that the increase of blood pressure was partially resisted thanks to the extract, which was able to prevent major changes in the vascular walls due to increased blood pressure.
It may protect you from a stroke
Curcumin has been shown to possibly help prevent the effects of stroke. A stroke causes deterioration of the brain. Strokes can be caused by cardiovascular health, such as plaque buildup, stress, cholesterol levels and more. Your heart health directly affects your mind and your risk of stroke and other neurodegenerative diseases.
How to get more turmeric in your diet
There are several ways that you can get more turmeric in your diet. While some choose to incorporate the spice into the overall diet, many have found that taking a daily turmeric supplement is the ideal way to incorporate turmeric into their overall heart healthy habits. If you choose to take a turmeric supplement, be sure to find a supplement that is the highest quality available, USDA certified organic, to ensure you’re getting the most from the supplement.
If you have questions about turmeric and your heart health, or would like to learn more about Future Pharm’s all natural, organic turmeric extract, contact us or visit our website. Here’s to your heart’s health!