Those of you who love to make curries from scratch will be very familiar with the bright yellow Indian spice, turmeric. I am not a curry maker so I have come to know about turmeric for its astounding therapeutic properties.? A huge body of data has been generated in the last few years demonstrating the amazing health effects of regular ingestion of turmeric, or rather the active compound within turmeric, Curcumin.
Studies show that Curcumin is a really powerful provider of the following properties:
- Anti-inflammatory in the body – inflammation can manifest in many ways from aches and pains, to allergies, skin issues, breathing problems, digestive issues etc. etc. I have a chronic hip issue where a deep muscle has been inflamed and painful for over 20 years! If I sit for too long or certainly drive for any length of time, the muscle clamps down on my sciatic nerve and the pain is unbearable. I have tried everything and only since taking a high strength, high quality turmeric supplement (see below) have I found significant relief.
- Anti-oxidant – providing protection to your cells from the relentless attack of free radicals which come from our food, air, exercising, stress, toxins in food packaging, browned food etc. etc. etc.
- Significant immune booster.
- Protector from many cancers – probably due to both the anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Hope for Alzheimer’s – studies in humans has shown supplementation of Curcumin capsules aids in reducing the build up of amyloid plaques responsible for this awful degenerative disease, again probably due the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant influence, helping address oxidative stress which is involved in Alzheimer’s.
So, as it’s so phenomenally amazing, with no contra-indications i.e. it’s safe for everyone, why wouldn’t you get more in your diet? Well, when I first became aware of this incredible health-booster back in the early 90s,? I bought myself some turmeric powder, put a teaspoon of the spice in some water and knocked it back. It was disgusting! As I simply don’t cook foods that require turmeric, this seemed like the only way to get it in to me but I knew I was going to struggle to take it on a daily basis.
Thankfully, there are now supplements of the active ingredient Curcumin. I strongly recommend taking it as a general health tonic and preventative and certainly if you are experiencing any kind of health issue, you may well notice an improvement in your symptoms if you do take it regularly.
Important to note that if you want to up your intake of turmeric, if you do try and do it in a purely culinary way, you will not get much of the active compound because the digestive system and liver breakdown the compounds before they reach the bloodstream. Hence taking a supplement is more effective but the supplement, ideally a capsule, must contain an ingredient called Peperine, as this specific type of pepper massively increases the bioavailability of this amazing spice.
If you would like more information on how to get hold of a really good source of Curcumin with Peperine, please send me an email or message me.