Dr. Haver Explains the Connection between Turmeric & Menopause Relief
You probably know turmeric as the yellowish-orange colored, earthy tasting cooking spice in your kitchen, most often used in curry dishes. But, did you know that an element found in turmeric has been shown to have health benefits, specifically when it comes to menopause symptoms?
Let’s break it down:
- A substance called curcumin is found in turmeric.
- Curcumin is a polyphenol.
- Polyphenols are chemicals found in plant-based foods that act as antioxidants and provide health benefits. Popular examples of polyphenols are red wine and dark chocolate.
- Curcumin can be extracted from turmeric and ingested as a supplement for health benefits.
“Studies show curcumin supplementation– Dr. Mary Claire Haver
may improve a wide range of menopause symptoms including inflammation, hot flashes, visceral fat, and anxiety. Curcumin may have significant benefits for women in mid-life.”
Curcumin may provide these menopause health benefits:
Decrease Visceral (belly) Fat
Curcumin has an anti-obesity effect. Ingesting curcumin has been shown to decrease visceral fat tissue and protect against obesity and other metabolic diseases.
Curcumin may decrease the oxidative stress and inflammation that occurs with declining hormone levels during menopause. It provides natural protection against these markers of aging and other degenerative diseases.
Decrease Hot Flashes
A significant decrease in hot flashes in post menopausal women was observed after four weeks of curcumin and vitamin E supplementation.
Decrease Osteoarthritis Symptoms
The anti-inflammatory nature of curcumin helps relieve symptoms of osteoarthritis. It helps prevent deterioration of cartilage which can improve pain.
Improve Cardiovascular Health (when combined with exercise)
Daily curcumin supplementation combined with regular exercise can improve blood flow, which has an important effect on overall cardiovascular health. This combination can help slow the age-related heart-health problems that many women experience during menopause.
Decrease Menopause-Related Anxiety Disorders
Declining hormone levels can lead to anxiety and other mood disturbances. Curcumin’s antioxidant properties may guard against these changes in the brain.
Improve Gut-Microbiome Health
Declining hormone levels can change the distribution and structure of intestinal microflora, resulting in poor gut health. Curcumin may partially reverse these changes to improve the microbiome and overall gut health.
Put a natural, plant-based antioxidant to work for you.
Experts are encouraged about the potential benefits of curcumin supplementation, especially for the population of women in menopause. The anti-inflammatory effect may improve a wide range of menopause symptoms and can be a great complement to the Galveston Diet’s anti-inflammatory approach to nutrition.
Clinical Efficacy of Curcumin and Vitamin E on Inflammatory-Oxidative Stress Biomarkers and Primary Symptoms of Menopause in Healthy Postmenopausal Women: A Triple-Blind Randomized Controlled Trial – PubMed (nih.gov)