Turmeric is considered by many to be the most powerful superfood on the planet.
Packed with an incredible amount of healing properties and nutrients, turmeric isn't called the "spice of life" for nothing! It's been used in Ayurveda and ancient Indian healing methods for centuries.
From trendy golden milk lattes to turmeric-infused beauty products, this superstar of the root world continues to be seen everywhere and promises some incredible health benefits.
But what are doctors and academics saying about the proven benefits of turmeric? Is there actual clinical evidence to back up turmeric's claim to fame as the most powerful healing root?
Having a bit of skepticism when it comes to anything that promises a miraculous cure is always healthy, especially with so much misinformation and poorly interpreted science out there today.
And you're even right to question turmeric as well! This is because it's not actually the turmeric alone that delivers the incredible medicinal properties, but what's found within turmeric.
The main active agent found in turmeric is a naturally occurring compound known as curcumin.
It's from curcumin that turmeric gets its' anti-inflammatory ability to alleviate so many health concerns.
That's why Indian grandmothers are always famously seen adding plenty of turmeric spice to their delicious home-cooked meals, from curries to just about any other popular dish. Turmeric spice is flavorful, affordable, and contains a percentage of approximately 2-5% curcumin.
The curcumin in turmeric has been shown time and time again to be a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. And since most major illnesses are ignited by chronic inflammation and oxidative damage in the body, from heart disease to arthritis, it's no wonder that curcumin can have such transformative healing effects.
But this is where it gets a bit tricky...
In order to truly reap the full medicinal benefits of curcumin, you would have to eat an unrealistically large amount of turmeric in your diet. In other words, having that golden milk latte or curry dish once a week really isn't going to have much of an effect on your body.
This is the reason why most nutritionists, doctors, and holistic professionals recommend high quality curcumin extract supplements as the best way to use turmeric for health support.
A good quality turmeric supplement will be targeted specifically for its potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant abilities by using high amounts of curcumin extract and piperine (found in black pepper) to improve absorption and bioavailability, since turmeric is not easily absorbed by the body.
Certain patented black pepper extracts, like the BioPerine formula in our Turmeric Complex, can increase curcumin absorption in your body by up to 2000%.
But be sure to watch out for cheap turmeric supplements with misleading labels, questionable ingredient sourcing, and those lacking strict third party testing. Testing is incredibly important, as poorly sourced turmeric could have traces of heavy metals or other contaminants. In other words, not all turmeric supplements are created equally!
Turmeric takes time to take effect in the body and may be different for each individual. It could take weeks or even months! Remaining consistent and patient, and consulting with your healthcare provider is always the best way to go.
Here are just some of the reasons why we can't get enough of this golden superfood...
Curcumin has been shown to help manage many chronic inflammatory diseases like IBS, pancreatitis, and arthritis. Scientists now also believe that chronic, low-level inflammation has a direct link to almost every major chronic disease, including cancer, heart disease, metabolic issues, Alzheimer’s, and various degenerative diseases.
Oxidative damage and free radicals have been linked to premature aging and a long list diseases. Antioxidants like those found in turmeric protect your body from free radical damage. The curcumin found in turmeric has also been proven to positively affect the body’s production of its own antioxidant enzymes, which can heal and in some cases even reverse free radical damage.
Curcumin can keep your neurons healthy and making new connections. It increases a growth hormone in the brain called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). Alzheimer’s, depression, and many other brain disorders and dysfunctions have been linked to low levels of this hormone. The curcumin in turmeric may also improve everyday cognitive functions, like memory and spatial intelligence.
An endothelial dysfunction is a condition in which the inner lining of your small arteries (the endothelial layer) fails to perform properly. Endothelial dysfunction is a proven driver of heart disease, but you can guard against this with curcumin, as studies show it can improve endothelial functions. Curcumin's antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties also may help to prevent heart disease.
Medical researchers have been very interested in curcumin recently as a potential weapon in the prevention of a long list of illnesses. Studies have shown that curcumin may potentially increase overall longevity with its ability to decrease inflammation and degeneration, and support overall wellness in the body.
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All the best,