How to live longer: Turmeric could help boost longevity, according to a doctor
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The path to a long, healthy life is filled with uncertainty because chronic diseases often lurk at every corner. However, research continues to suggest that healthy dietary choices can go a long way. A doctor has shared that turmeric could be a “cheap and simple” way to add a few years to your lifespan.
Dr Andre Brittain-Dissont, the clinical lead at Extensa Anti-Ageing Clinic, said: “There are so many fads and trends, drinks and foods in fancy bottles or packaging, making bold claims which are generally unfounded with no scientific basis or merit.
“However, it is repeatedly the case that simple and natural products exist with God-given talents that can help us live longer.”
According to the expert, one “cheap and simple” spice that could help add some years to your lifespan is turmeric.
Whether you use it as the main ingredient in your curry or drink it in a latte, turmeric offers more than a pleasant, earthy taste.
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From “anti-cancer effects” to “anti-inflammatory” powers, turmeric provides a whole host of health benefits, according to Nuffield Health.
For example, research has found the spice can reduce the spread of cancer and contribute to the death of cancerous cells.
Furthermore, the spice is packed with antioxidants, known as polyphenols, that could help lay the groundwork for longevity, Dr Brittain-Dissont explained.
The doctor said: “The polyphenols in turmeric reduce inflammation, aid weight loss, boost mood, lengthen telomeres, stimulate DNA repair processes, reduce brain ageing, help blood sugar balance and excite liver antioxidants.”
In case you aren’t aware, telomeres are the protective caps at the ends of your DNA.
As you get older, telomeres gradually shrink. Eventually, these caps become too short to do their job and your cells can’t function properly.
However, the longer those caps are, the younger your DNA is, which means that keeping telomeres in good shape could also boost your longevity.
While plenty of human research has proven turmeric can reduce inflammation and offer other health benefits, animal studies have built a case for a longer life.
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All of the emerging research that ties turmeric to potent powers focuses on this bioactive ingredient.
While very potent, the problem with curcumin is that usually very little of it gets absorbed.
“Turmeric needs to be taken with black pepper to massively increase the absorption in the gut,” the doctor said.
“Without the black pepper addition, you will not absorb any meaningful amount.”
Furthermore, fat can also help activate its powers, making foods like creamy curries and drinks like turmeric lattes the perfect candidates.