What is Turmeric? And Why is it so popular in the health food world?
Turmeric is part of the ginger family, like a root! The main medicinal component in turmeric is: curcuma (curcumin) an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, which has been studied for it's powerful properties.
You may have heard of this term called "inflammation" but what is it?
Inflammation has been known to be a contributor to disease.
Arthritis = inflammation of the joints Heart Disease = closely related to inflammation of the arteries
Digestive Problems = closely related to inflammation caused by food
See where I'm going here?
When the body is in a state of inflammation, your body starts to "attack" itself.
PAIN often starts from INFLAMMATION.
Inflammation likes to stick around and prevent your body from healing itself. Unless you start to address it through proper nutrition! Without decreasing this inflammation, it puts stress on the body which overtime can lead to disease or further health complications.
This is where ANTIOXIDANTS found in Turmeric come in!
AO's combat inflammation, free radicals, waste and chemical byproducts that could be floating around the body and blood stream causing cellular damage.
AO's are not only found in Turmeric.. vitamin C is also known to be a powerful antioxidant and antioxidants can be found in several different foods.
- Reduces inflammation
- Provides antioxidants and boosts immunity
- Can reduce joint pain, arthrisits
- Supports digestion by decreasing any possible gut inflammation
- Good for those with IBS, IBD, Colitis and Crohn's disease
- Improves healthy Liver tissue
Studies show Turmeric is much better absorbed when combined with Black Pepper (due to a property found in the pepper). In most supplements you will find black pepper added, specifically for absorption. Check your brand!
Turmeric for the Gym
I personally don't suffer from arthritis or any severe joint pain BUT... lifting weights creates inflammation and overtime puts stress on the joints. For those who suffer from joint stiffness, muscle inflammation or overall soreness - the anti-inflammatory components found in turmeric may be a helpful option for you!
Turmeric for Everyday Health
As for supplementation, Turmeric can be used everyday for its anti-inflammatory benefits!
Suggested use: add a pinch to your water or add it as a spice to your daily meals!
Take Away Message
The amount of Turmeric in supplements can vary. I've seen brands with 80mg use a high quality extract of turmeric and I've seen some with up to 500mg using a lower quality form of turmeric.
I always recommend using a potent high quality extract.
Always talk to your health care practitioner about more information about what turmeric supplement is best for you.