Turmeric

Curcuma tonga

Cholesterol-clearing spice

Turmeric is another culinary spice that supports heart and blood vessel health. It contains a yellow-colored pigment called curcumin - the compound that is credited with most of the herb's medicinal activity. For example, curcumin has been shown to lower levels of total cholesterol, increase levels of HDL-cholesterol ("good" cholesterol), and protect both HDL- and LDL-cholesterol from the damaging effects of free radical activity. In laboratory and animal studies, it has also been shown to help lower blood pressure and reduce the ability of cholesterol to form plaque on artery walls.

0 DOSAGE Add up to 3 g of grated or powdered turmeric root to your cooking each day. Alternatively, look for a commercial preparation that has been standardized to contain 95 percent curcumin, and take it according to the manufacturer's instructions, up to a maximum of 300 mg per day.

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