I love a great espresso, so much so that I actively plan time off from the coffee at least one day a week.
So not to overdo it.
This helps the adenosine receptors recalibrate, although thats another story.
So other than water, a coffee is also a great way to add beneficial ingredients to your diet because most of us aim to have at least one a day. Meaning that if you add to your coffee (doesn’t need to be every time), you’ll likely make it habit, because the coffee is already a habit… Keep it simple.
So why am I adding Turmeric? And not just that but why do I advise that others might want to consider it?
Turmeric, a vibrant yellow spice derived from the Curcuma longa plant, has been used for centuries in traditional medicine for its various health benefits.
One of the key properties attributed to turmeric is its ability to reduce inflammation. The science behind this lies in its main active compound, curcumin.
Curcumin is a polyphenol with potent anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is a natural response of the immune system to injury or infection, but chronic inflammation can contribute to the development of various diseases, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.
Curcumin exerts its anti-inflammatory effects through multiple mechanisms…
Curcumin inhibits the activity of several enzymes that play a crucial role in inflammation, such as cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and lipoxygenase (LOX).
These enzymes are responsible for the production of inflammatory mediators called prostaglandins and leukotrienes. By inhibiting these enzymes, curcumin helps to reduce the production of these inflammatory compounds.
Curcumin modulates various signaling pathways involved in inflammation. It can suppress the activation of nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB), a transcription factor that regulates the expression of genes involved in inflammation.
NF-κB is a central player in the inflammatory response, and by inhibiting its activity, curcumin helps to dampen the inflammatory cascade.
Furthermore, curcumin possesses antioxidant properties, which are also important in combating inflammation.
Oxidative stress, caused by an imbalance between the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and the body’s antioxidant defenses, can contribute to inflammation.
Curcumin acts as a potent antioxidant, neutralizing ROS and protecting cells from oxidative damage!
Some other evidence has been shown to modulate the activity of inflammatory molecules called cytokines. It can suppress the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines like tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) and interleukin-6 (IL-6), while promoting the release of anti-inflammatory cytokines like interleukin-10 (IL-10).
Turmeric’s ability to reduce inflammation because it can inhibit enzymes involved in inflammation, modulate inflammatory signaling pathways, possesses antioxidant properties, and regulates cytokine production.
And you can even buy creamers now that have it added already!