The use of Turmeric for its medicinal properties dates back thousands of years…
It was originally used as a treatment for a variety of internal disorders, such as indigestion, throat infections, common colds, or liver ailments, as well as topically, to cleanse wounds or treat skin sores.
However, more recently experts have begun studying the use of Turmeric:
- as a potent anti-inflammatory
- to prevent cognitive decline due to aging
- to clear fat and plaque blockages from the heart
- Restore healthy joint movement
Experts agree that Turmeric is revolutionizing the health industry.
Turmeric and healthy phenols.
The reason for all the commotion surrounding Turmeric is that it contains tremendous levels of healthy chemical compounds called a ‘phenols’. Phenols are chemicals that are produced by many plants, but us humans are unable to produce them ourselves.
In addition to providing our bodies with defense from harmful organisms, phenols help to regulate many of the processes of the human body; such as keeping the arteries to our hearts clear of fat and plaque, regulating our blood sugar levels, and healing from wounds.
Certain phenols even make sure that our brains have what they need to function efficiently.
However, because of the complex structure of Turmeric – the phenols are very difficult for your body to access unless they are Turmeric-Curcuminoids.
Turmeric-Curcumin is a bright yellow chemical produced by Turmeric.
Turmeric contains dense clusters of concentrated phenols known as curcuminoids, or Curcumin.
These clusters are extremely concentrated and pure sources of phenols, and their chemical structure also makes them very easy for your body to dissolve and use.
The scarcity of phenols in our diets.
Roughly 2,000 years ago, the typical human diet was very different from what it is today.
Plants made up over 90% of our diets, which allowed us to rely on diet alone for all of our phenol needs.
The modern human diet has changed dramatically, with over half of our daily calories coming from meat and fat.
The plants we do eat are also not grown locally, which cuts down on their nutritional content dramatically.
Benefits of Turmeric-Curcumin currently being studied:
- Reduced swelling and pain in joints
- Promotes healthy heart function
- Prevents cognitive decline due to age
- Supports the Immune System
- Stabilizes blood sugar
- Digestive Aid
Not all Turmeric is equal.
We’ve compiled a list of the most potent and reputable Turmeric-Curcumin concentrates out there.
There are many factors which play a role in the potency of a Turmeric-Curcumin supplement.
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- Chattopadhyay, Ishita; Kaushik Biswas; Uday Bandyopadhyay; Ranajit K. Banerjee (10 July 2004). “Turmeric and curcumin: Biological actions and medicinal applications” (PDF). Current Science. Indian Academy of Sciences. 87 (1): 44–53. ISSN 0011-3891. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
- Prasad, S; Aggarwal, B. B.; Benzie, I. F. F.; Wachtel-Galor, S (2011). Benzie IFF, Wachtel-Galor S, eds. Turmeric, the Golden Spice: From Traditional Medicine to Modern Medicine; In: Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects; chap. 13. 2nd edition. CRC Press, Boca Raton (FL). PMID 22593922.
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How much Turmeric should you use
Hi Linda, there is no recommended daily value for turmeric/curcumin, but we’ve found 1,000 mg to be an effective dose.