Many herbs and spices have therapeutic qualities, but none perhaps as much as that golden yellow spice known as turmeric. A staple of Southeast Asian cuisine, turmeric has also long been used to treat a variety of conditions and ailments. The active compound in turmeric is known as curcumin, and this much-studied substance has some far-reaching benefits, particularly for men. Here are five of them.
A number of studies show that curcumin relieves symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH. More commonly known as an enlarged prostate, BPH causes urinary symptoms like increased urgency, a weak urine stream, and feelings of fullness after urinating.
Curcumin helps with these enlarged prostate symptoms as well as protects against prostatitis. Curcumin may also effectively treat erectile dysfunction, according to a study on rats, which found improved erectile response after 12 weeks of taking curcumin.
Turmeric is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin is packed with phytochemicals and anti-inflammatory agents that help reduce body-wide inflammation, which can cause a wide range of diseases and conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, autoimmune diseases, and Alzheimer's disease.
One of the most important substances for good brain health is a brain-derived neurotrophic factor, or BDNF. This growth hormone promotes healthy neurons and facilitates the growth of new neurons.
Low levels of BDNF have been linked to Alzheimer's disease and depression. Curcumin increases BDNF in the brain, according to a study published in the journal Brain Research, which may help delay or reverse certain diseases and conditions of the brain.
Oxidative damage to our cells as we age causes a range of diseases and contributes to visible signs of aging. Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant, which fights this damage and prevents oxidation in the cells. Curcumin also stimulates the body's own production of antioxidant enzymes to help reduce the effects of aging.
Obesity causes numerous health problems as we age. Losing weight can help prevent diabetes and heart disease, among other conditions. According to a Tufts University research study on mice, curcumin suppresses the growth of fat tissue, and it aids digestion to help reduce gas, constipation, and bloating. And since it reduces inflammation, curcumin helps your body's systems function optimally, promoting effective fat burning.
Most of the studies of curcumin involve relatively large doses of the compound. You'd have to sprinkle an incredible, inedible amount of turmeric on your food to get that much curcumin in your diet on a daily basis.
The good news is that you can get all the curcumin you need in a single capsule. Each serving of Prostavol's Turmeric supplement provides 1,300 milligrams of turmeric extract with 95 percent curcuminoids. Ten milligrams of piperine extract are added to boost the absorption of curcumin and ensure the best possible results.
Along with a nutritious diet and a healthy lifestyle, a daily dose of curcumin can help boost your prostate health, reduce inflammation, and fight against aging, all by adding a little spice to your life.
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