Updated: Jun 8, 2019
In my opinion turmeric (Curcuma) could well be one of the most effective natural supplements known to man. Turmeric can provide many health benefits for anyone willing to try this magic root of nature coming from the plant curcuma domestic.
It has been used for thousands of years as a medicinal herb and recently, science has started to back up what Indians have known for a long time that it really does contain compounds with medicinal properties.
The compounds in turmeric are called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcuim.
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. Curcumin has been proven to contain powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.
BE AWARE: The content of curcumin in turmeric is not that high, It’s actually no more then 4%, by weight. Most of the studies on this herb are using turmeric extracts that contain mostly curcumin itself, with dosages usually exceeding more then 1 gram per day.
It would be very difficult to reach these levels just using the turmeric spice in your foods.
Therefore, to experience all of the wonderful benefits of turmeric you need to take it in supplement form containing mostly curcumin.
Curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream. It helps to consume black pepper, which contains piperine, a natural substance that enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2,000%, so when purchasing a supplement form of turmeric be sure to get one already containing piperine if this isn't possible be sure to always add black pepper when consuming turmeric. Be aware that curcumin is also fat soluble.
SOME OF MANY PROVEN HEALTH BENEFITS OF TURMERIC
Powerful anti-inflammatory- Chronic inflammation contributes to many common Western diseases. Curcumin can suppress many molecules known to play major roles in inflammation. Inflammation is incredibly important to the body as It helps your body fight foreign invaders and also has a role in repairing damage. Without inflammation, pathogens like bacteria could easily take over your body and kill you.
Powerful antioxidant- Curcumin has powerful antioxidant effects. It neutralizes free radicals on its own but also stimulates your body's own antioxidant enzymes.
Improves brain function and prevents brain disease- Curcumin boosts levels of the brain hormone BDNF, which increases the growth of new neurons and fights various degenerative processes in your brain.
Reduces the risk of heart disease- Curcumin has beneficial effects on several factors known to play a role in heart disease.
Cancer prevention- Curcumin leads to several changes on the molecular level that may help prevent and perhaps even treat cancer.
Beneficial effects of Arthritis- Arthritis is a common disorder characterized by joint inflammation. Many studies show that curcumin can help treat symptoms of arthritis and is in some cases more effective than anti-inflammatory drugs.
Anti depressant- A study in 60 people with depression showed that curcumin was as effective as Prozac in alleviating symptoms of the condition.
Dosage- Recommendations of 500 milligrams per day would be considered a good wellness dosage, and up to 1000 milligrams per day when being consumed for maximum anti inflammation benefits.