Turmeric has been used for centuries throughout Asia in various cuisines and it also has some very powerful health benefits. Turmeric contains an active ingredient called curcumin that helps one reduce the effects of alcohol toxicity and hangover.
Hangovers can last for a few hours or can even last over 24 hours depending on the amount of alcohol consumed. This is characterized by various psychological and physiological effects including nausea, headache, fatigue, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, sweating, thirst, loss of focus, depression, and cognition.
The causes of a hangover cannot really be stated with all certainty. Nevertheless, a number of factors such as immune response, genetics, dehydration, acetaldehyde concentration, sleep deprivation, smoking and ingredients in alcoholic drink affect the severity of hangover that individuals might experience.
Scientists have discovered functional foods that when taken prior or after consuming alcohol can significantly reduce the symptoms of alcohol and toxic effects of a hangover.
One of the beneficial foods for a hangover is turmeric and its highly phenolic component curcumin.
Ways Turmeric (Curcumin) Can Help with Hangover
Turmeric is proven as one of the best natural cures for a hangover. Turmeric doesn’t just help in coping with the mental and physical effects of a hangover but it also helps eliminates toxins from the body and protect the brain and liver from ill effects brought by alcohol. Most importantly turmeric:
- Acts as a Natural Anti-Hangover Food
The functional and natural ingredients of turmeric such as curcumin can effectively prevent hangovers and protect the liver from potential damage.
- Aids in Quicker Toxin Removal
Studies revealed that alcohol, in the form of ethanol when metabolized by the body tends to form toxic substances like free radicals, acetaldehyde. These toxins trigger generation oxidative stress that further results in cell injury and negatively affect many different bodily functions.
With the help of turmeric, hangover effects are significantly reduced because the formation of acetaldehyde is delayed and conversion of acetaldehyde to acetic acids.
For even more detailed benefits check out the amazing article on the 10 health benefits of Turmeric over here at Cognitude.
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