If you are cooking a curry this evening, you might want to sprinkle in some extra turmeric. Research is showing what countries such as India and Sri Lanka have long known – that this yellow spice has more benefits than boosting food flavor.
Turmeric’s roots and bulbs are generally boiled and dried to form powder. You can also grate it like ginger or take a supplement. Adults can take about one to three grams of the dried powdered root per day.
Turmeric – a natural anti-inflammatory
It is important to note that at least a ¼ teaspoon of turmeric is to be consumed daily for a preventative effect, whereas you would need 1 to 2½ teaspoon daily as a therapeutic or curative dosage. Or more easily you can skip the grating and take the turmeric pills, which come in optimum dosage and have the pepper extract as well, which is the main activator. Try out our new Organic Turmeric Curcumin with the strongest dosage of turmeric extract (95% standardized) and organic pepper extract. You can shop online on Amazon!
The ability of turmeric to reduce inflammation is well documented and exploited in many herbal preparations. Many arthritis sufferers find that including turmeric in their food reduces pain and swelling, and helps them have increased mobility and a better quality of life.
A recent review published in the journal Molecules „suggest that chronic inflammation, oxidative stress and most chronic diseases are closely linked, and that antioxidant properties of curcumin can play a key role in the prevention and treatment of chronic inflammation diseases”.
Another study found that curcumin exhibits „antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anticancer activities, all bolstering its potential against various malignant diseases, diabetes, allergies, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and other chronic illnesses”.
No side-effects treatment
Researchers said that curcumin’s therapeutic effects are considered comparable to pharmaceutical nonsteroidal medications but with a major difference in that this compound is relatively nontoxic and free of side-effects.
The best thing about turmeric is the active ingredient, curcumin, a powerful anti-oxidant which has significant anti-inflammatory effects, comparable to potent anti-inflammatory drugs such as hydrocortisone and phenylbutazone but without all the risks and side effects. In several studies supplementing with 10g/daily doses of curcumin over many months produced no adverse side effects.
One treatment, more properties
Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory, it inhibits the growth of new blood vessels in tumors and it is a powerful antioxidant. Of the 10,000+ studies referencing curcumin, the most interesting finding is that when turmeric is compared to conventional medicine, its benefits equal that of many pharmaceutical medications. In fact, a number of studies have even reported that using curcumin is more advantageous than certain prescription drugs.
A research said the alternative is to consume curcumin along with ginger root, chili extract and black pepper to help make it more easily absorbed by the body, and realize the synergistic effects it has with other spices.
Along with adding turmeric into your diet, you may also consider taking it or curcumin in supplement form.
Also, according to a study, published in Planta Medica, taking turmeric in combination with black pepper, which contains pepper extract, improves turmeric absorbability throughout the entire body. They added 20mg of pepper extract to 2,000mg turmeric, and it increased the bioavailability of turmeric 154 percent!
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