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Turmeric’s Medicinal Properties that Boost Your Health

By By NRI Staff • Updated November 4, 2022

Ever since turmeric became popular, there’s been a lot of misinformation about its health benefits. People are taking turmeric supplements, but without enough knowledge about how to use them.Using turmeric for medicinal purposes is an ancient practice in India, and it has great potential to enhance your health too.

Adding turmeric in your diet isn’t just for curry anymore! Curcumin, the main compound found in turmeric, has so many health benefits. This article explains the ways that turmeric can improve your health and how you can incorporate it into your daily life.

What Exactly is in a Curcumin Supplement and Why Would I Need One?

Curcumin is the main component of the curry spice turmeric. It is a yellow-orange pigment of the plant Turmeric, which is used as a food additive and natural coloring agent, as well as having medicinal properties.

Curcumin is effective for promoting overall health and well-being by helping to reduce inflammatory pathways in your body. Curcumin can help to relieve some of the symptoms associated with a wide range of challenging health issues.

Curcumin supplements are usually made from ground turmeric root but are also available in liquid tinctures or capsules.

Why You Need a Turmeric With Black Pepper for Maximum Effectiveness

It’s important to know how best to take turmeric in order to maximize effectiveness. You can add it to your food or drink it in a tea, but the most effective way of taking turmeric is with black pepper. The bioavailability of turmeric when taken with black pepper increases by 2,000%.

The piperine in black pepper deactivates the enzymes in your liver responsible for breaking down curcumin and allows curcumin to circulate for longer periods of time. So not only does adding black pepper make turmeric more effective, it also allows you to consume less and get more out of your turmeric.

How Curcumin Can Help Heal Your Digestive Tract and Combat Leaky Gut Syndrome

It is believed that problems with the digestive tract and leaky gut syndrome come from a few different sources, but the most common reason for these ailments is poor diet and lifestyle choices.

Curcuminoids are potent and powerful compounds that work by reducing inflammatory pathways in the body. They can reduce symptoms of leaky gut like bloating and abdominal pain, while also preventing future flareups.

The main reason behind the effectiveness of curcuminoids in treating leaky gut syndrome is its ability to help heal your digestive tract. Curcuminoids help with the secretion of stomach acid, which in turn helps the body’s ability to absolve nutrients more effectively.

How Turmeric Helps Relieve Pain with Fewer Side Effects Than Traditional Medicines

Recently, studies have shown that turmeric provides relief from pain. Turmeric relieves pain by acting on the part of your brain that senses pain. It also inhibits two enzymes that cause inflammation — COX-1 and COX-2 — to reduce inflammatory pathways from various conditions affecting the joints, tendons and other areas of the body where pain can develop. Unlike NSAIDs or acetaminophen, there are no side effects from turmeric use.

Turmeric’s Antioxidant Properties Help Support Your Memory

Turmeric is a spice that has been used for centuries, but science is just now catching up to its antioxidant properties. This spice can help to improve cognitive function, including memory. It does this by reducing stress hormones and inflammatory processes. 

Curcumin, one of the main active polyphenols in turmeric, has been shown to promote healthy brain activity by reducing inflammatory pathways, oxidative stress, or the build-up of beta amyloid plaques. The spice has also been shown to enhance the brain’s ability to form new connections between neurons (synapses).

Conclusion

Turmeric has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine for its incredible health promoting properties and it is also an antioxidant which helps the body fight free radicals.

The benefits of turmeric are numerous, but the most important is the ability to make a positive change in a person’s life. I hope this article has given you some insight on the benefits of turmeric and how to use it to help improve your health.


Sources:

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Soleimani, Vahid et al. “Turmeric (Curcuma longa) and its major constituent (curcumin) as nontoxic and safe substances: Review.” Phytotherapy research : PTR vol. 32,6 (2018): 985-995. doi:10.1002/ptr.6054

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