15 Men’s Health Benefits of Taking Turmeric Supplements

15 Men’s Health Benefits of Taking Turmeric Supplements

By Jamie Matthewman
January 26th, 2018

The health benefits of taking turmeric supplements or adding or adding more turmeric to your diet is capturing a lot of media attention lately, but actually, the health benefits of turmeric have been researched for many years across many scientific disciplines.

I first discovered turmerics potential for healing about 6 years ago, after being introduced by my ex partner. She is a cancer research scientist whose work explores turmerics principal bioactive molecules effects on the proliferation of certain cancers.

I didn’t give it too much thought , other than upping turmeric levels when cooking. However as I’ve learnt more about this interesting natural compound. I’ve started taking a turmeric supplement daily. To be honest I can’t say I’m aware of any noticeable physical effects – I take these organic, high potency turmeric supplements.

But having copiously read around the purported health benefits of turmeric, many of which are unproven in humans, in my opinion, there is still a wide body of powerful evidence that makes taking a turmeric supplement as a preventative measure a wise move (if you have any of the symptoms or illnesses mentioned in this article – do seek medical attention in the first instance).

So what’s so special about turmeric?

Turmeric is a spice belonging to the ginger family used extensively in Indian cooking and recognised as one of the reasons Indians have lower rates of cancer than in the west. The website Nutrition Facts states U.S. men get 23 times more prostate cancer than men in India

Turmeric has been used medicinally in the east and the Middle East for thousands of years as an anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions, such as jaundice, menstrual problems, blood in the urine, haemorrhaging, toothaches, bruises, chest pain, flatulence, and colic.  

Over recent years the long known healing properties of turmeric have become the focus of many medical research projects with some promising results. Here’s some of the research I’ve found which may also inspire you to start taking turmeric supplements to aid your overall health and well being.

1. Turmeric Dramatically Increases The Antioxidant Capacity of The Body

It’s turmerics antioxidant properties which back most of its therapeutic benefits. The main reason antioxidants are so beneficial, is that they protect our bodies from free radicals which over time causes oxidative damage or stress.

This is believed to be one of the mechanisms behind bodily ageing inside and the cause of many diseases such as cancer, ADHD, parkinsons disease etc etc. Curcumin is a potent antioxidant that can neutralise free radicals due to its chemical structure and also boosts the activity of the body’s own antioxidant enzymes.

2. Curcumin is a Natural Anti-Inflammatory Compound

Inflammation is a critical physiological process by which the body’s white blood cells and the substances they produce, protect you from infection with foreign organisms, such as bacteria and viruses.

However, in some diseases like arthritis, the body’s defense system – the immune system triggers an inflammatory response when there are no foreign invaders to fight off. In these diseases, called autoimmune diseases, the body’s normally protective immune system causes damage to its own tissues. The body responds as if normal tissues are infected or somehow abnormal.

It is now believed that chronic, low-level inflammation plays a major role in almost every chronic, Western disease. This includes heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s and various degenerative conditions.

Curcumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory, proven to match the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs.

3. Turmeric Benefits Male Reproductive System

If you’ve been suffering with erectile dysfunction (nothing to be ashamed of, it affects millions of men worldwide). These two studies show that curcumin derivatives perform better over a longer period than Viagra and Cialis (Sildenafil & Tadanafil) in treating erectile dysfunction in rats. Curcumin is an inducer of heme oxygenase enzyme-1 (HO-1) that is involved in erectile signaling via elevating cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) levels.

4. Turmeric Can Cure Prostatitis

Prostatitis is inflammation of the prostate gland which presents with pain in the groin and discomfort while urinating. Benign prostate enlargement is a non cancerous growth of the prostate gland which affects older men.

A clinical trial was conducted where individuals suffering from bacterial prostatitis were given curcumin along with other herbal extracts. 90% of the group receiving this combination showed improvement and within 6 months they had no recurrence of prostatitis.

Meriva, a specialized formulation of curcumin, is found to improve quality of life and reduce urinary tract infections in individuals suffering from benign prostate enlargement.

Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nature can help in treatment of various disorders related to male reproductive health.

5. Turmeric Protects From Heart Diseases

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men over 50 in US and UK. Studies on animals have shown curcumin may have therapeutic potential to protect the heart from diseases so including turmeric in your diet could help protect your heart from diseases and restore cardiac function.

Atherosclerosis is build up of fats and plaque which blocks the arteries. Animal studiesshow that curcumin has anti-atherogenic effect and reduces cholesterol and blood lipids. Curcumin is identified as a novel agent for treatment of heart failure.

Dietary curcumin is proven to initiate cardiac repair and restore cardiac function after heart attack.

6. Turmeric is Therapeutic in Lung Diseases

Common lung diseases affecting men are Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD), Pneumonia and lung cancer, not unsurprisingly generally caused by smoking, but if you’ve recently quit or want to stop smoking, turmeric supplements may help you to repair damaged tissues quicker than otherwise.

This is suspected because tests on mice found curcumin protected their lungs from inflammation and damage when subjected to smoking. Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties reduce inflammation and lung cancer progression in COPD.

Curcumin serves to be therapeutic in various respiratory disorders playing a protective role in COPD, acute lung injury, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and allergic asthma, its therapeutic action being on the prevention or modulation of inflammation and oxidative stress.

Abidi et. al reported that curcumin is a safe and effective add-on therapy for bronchial asthma as it reduces airway obstruction. Its anti-inflammatory activity is said to have potential in the treatment of viral pneumonia. Curcumin may prevent progression into lung cancer and inhibit growth of lung cancer cells.

7. Turmeric is an Anti-Cancer Agent

Curcumin has potent anti-cancer and chemopreventive properties which may aid in treatment of the three most preventable cancers in men prostate cancer, testicular and colon cancer.

Research studies show show that curcumin can inhibit tumor growth in cancer cells, kill cancer cells and prevent them from spreading to other parts of the body. Curcumin may also reverse drug resistancein prostate cancer cells. Curcumin has been foundto induce cell death and prevent growth of testicular cancer cells.

Colorectal cancer or cancer of the large intestine is the third leading cause of cancer in men. Curcumin may prevent development of colon cancer.
Curcumin inhibits growth of colon cancer cells and colon cancer stem cells.

8. Turmeric is a Natural Anti-Diabetic Agent

Over 13 million men worldwide are affected by diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin and type 2 diabetes is when the bodies cells fail to respond to insulin – both contribute to high blood sugar.

Research undertaken with curcumin with prediabetics, those people with higher than normal blood sugar levels, likely to develop diabetes, were given turmeric supplements for 9 months. 16% of the control group who were given placebo, went on to develop diabetes, none of the group taking curcumin developed the disease.

Whilst there are lots of factors at play, diet being perhaps biggest, this demonstrates the potential for a wider use of this kind of intervention, at least as part of the overall treatment for diabetes.

9. Turmeric can Protect Men from Liver Disorders

Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and detoxifying properties aid in protecting the liver from damage and disease. Cirrhosis is a condition of liver damage that is characterised by scarring of liver tissue. Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic activity can aid in prevention and treatment of liver cirrhosis.

Hepatitis or inflammation of the liver is caused by Hepatitis virus at times. Curcumin exertsanti-viral effect on hepatitis virus.

Excessive alcohol consumption is also a prime cause of liver injury. Low doses of curcumin are proven to protect from alcohol induced liver injury by increasing antioxidant defences.

10. Turmeric May Fight STD’s

Sexually transmitted disease affecting men are on the rise include Chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis, HIV, herpes etc. Curcumin has broad spectrum anti-microbial properties which could make it an effective treatment for a variety of sexually transmitted diseases.

For instance curcumin is found to inhibit the growth of the bacteria and reduce the infection and research has found curcumin demonstrates anti-viral effect against herpes simplex virus.

11. Curcumin Improves Brain Functioning 

Brain derived neurotrophic functioning (BDNF) is a protein active in the hippocampus, cortex, and basal forebrain. These areas vital to learning, memory, and higher thinking, which help to support the survival of existing neurons, and encourage the growth and differentiation of new neurons and synapses.

BDNF is one of the most active proteins that help to stimulate and control neurogenesis (the creation of new neurons).

Many common brain disorders have been linked to decreased levels of this neurotrophic including depression andAlzheimer’s disease. Research has found curcumin to increase brain levels of BDNF in rats by enhancing neurogenesis which may make it effective at delaying or even reversing many brain diseases and age-related decreases in brain function.

12. Turmeric May Counteract Damaging Effects of Smoking

Smoking is perhaps one of the most unconscious things we can do, but I’ve been addicted to smoking! It not only affects your lungs, but has damaging effects on other organs and lead to cancer cell growth in the oral cavity, respiratory tract, food pipe, lung, pancreas etc.

Benzo[a]pyrene is a cancer inducing compound present in cigarette smoke which activates a protein named nuclear factor kappaB and initiates tumor formation. Research shows that curcumin suppresses such activation thereby having the potential to protect from smoking induced lung cancer.

Animal study suggests that oral curcumin can protect from cigarette smoke induced pulmonary emphysema. Studies show that curcumin also protects cigarette smoke induced changes in blood lipids and cognition.

So if you’re still smoking, use turmeric supplements to support your chosen method of quitting!!

13. Turmeric May Remedy Kidney Disorders in Men

Kidney failure and chronic kidney disease generally occur as an age related disease in men and often go unnoticed. They present with symptoms such as fatigue, lack of sleep, frequent need to urinate, swelling in ankles and feet, reduced appetite. Visible symptoms included blood in urine, or change in urine color and consistency. #

Curcumin‘s antioxidant properties aid in protection of the kidney from injury and disease and also in treatment of various kidney disorders like diabetic nephropathy, chronic kidney failure, ischemia and reperfusion (damage cause by acute loss of blood supply) and kidney toxicity caused by heavy metals and medicines.

Curcumin’s antioxidant property is held responsible for its protective effect on kidney. It holds promise for treatment of chronic kidney disease. Clinical trials suggest that curcumin supplementation improves antioxidant defences and reduces inflammation in individuals sufferingfrom chronic kidney disease.

14. Turmeric Can Help in Metabolic Syndrome and Weight Loss

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions – increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels — that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

The trouble with belly fat is that it’s not limited to the extra layer of padding located just below the skin (subcutaneous fat). It also includes visceral fat — which lies deep inside your abdomen, surrounding your internal organs.

Curcumin exerts anti-obesity action by inhibiting development of fat cells and preventing fat accumulation. Dietary curcumin is found to reduce obesity induced inflammation and prevent development of obesity induced diabetes. Curcumin supplementation in combination with dietary change and exercise is found to enhance weight loss by 4.9%, body fat loss by 8.43%.

Yang et. al reported that curcumin at a dose of 1890mg per day for 12 weeks reduces cholesterol and blood lipids in individuals suffering from metabolic syndrome. Combinations of curcuminoids and piperine is an effective adjunctive therapy for metabolic syndrome.

15. Turmeric and Curcumin for Mens Psychological Health

Turmeric has been used in Chinese medicine to treat depression for many years, and recent studies also confirm that curcumin seems to have a positive effect on a person’s psychological health. A 2011 study found that curcumin compared favorably to the anti-depressant drugs Tofranil (imipramine) and Prozac (fluoxetine). (Sanmukhani).

Buying a Turmeric Supplement

piperine-and-turmeric

If you want to buy a turmeric/curcumin supplement buy one with bioperine (another name for piperine), which is a natural substance found in pepper. Piperine is a potent inhibitor of drug metabolism. One of the ways our liver gets rid of foreign substances is making them water soluble so they can be more easily excreted. But this black pepper molecule inhibits that process boosting the bio availability (the quantity or fraction of the ingested dose that is absorbed by the body) of curcumin by 2000%.

You can also start including ½ to 1 teaspoon of turmeric to more of your recipes but also add pepper a really small amount,1/20th of a teaspoon, can significantly boost levels.

Precautions

Turmeric in diet is absolutely safe. Studies show that doses up to 8g of turmeric do not pose any side effects. However we do not advise more than 4g a day which would qualify as 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder a day. Please consult a doctor before taking turmeric supplements.

In Conclusion

Based on the scientific research to date, it would seem that including more turmeric in your diet, as it does in India, may be a method of preventing certain diseases and helping to repair the body if already suffering. Taking a  is the easiest way to increase the level of curcumin in your diet.

Jamie Matthewman

About Jamie Matthewman

Jamie is the founder, main contributor and editor of The Inspired Man.

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