Turmeric has been used for thousands of years, both as a food and a medicine. However it may come as a big surprise, as it’s something we often don’t realise about our health; that inflammation is often the main underlying factor present in many chronic health conditions, despite different symptoms we may have.
We often think of inflammation in terms of an injury, like a sprained ankle or swollen joints as seen in arthritis – but did you know that chronic inflammation is also present in health conditions like Irritable Bowel Disease (IBS), Alzheimer’s, chronic stiffness, eczema, asthma, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Reduce inflammation and you’re well on your way to healing your body.
Here are seven things you didn’t know about turmeric and its active ingredient, curcumin:
1) It is a powerful antioxidant
Curcumin; the main active ingredient in turmeric has very strong antioxidant properties providing high levels of antioxidant protection – 13 times higher than blueberries.
2) It has powerful anti-microbial properties
Turmeric has also been found to have powerful antimicrobial activity against bacteria, fungi and viruses including Candida albicans.
3) It’s a natural anti-inflammatory
One of the best things you can do in preventing and treating diseases is to reduce inflammation in your body and Curcumin in turmeric is a proven potent anti-inflammatory.
4) It can help many musculoskeletal disorders
– and offer relief for people suffering from osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, tendonitis, bursitis, muscular strains and sprains, and lower back pain.
5) It improves gastrointestinal disorders
Including Irritable bowel (IBS), diverticular disease, inflammatory bowel disease (eg Crohns, ulcerative colitis), Ddspepsia (heartburn, nausea, burping), and peptic ulcer disease because it increases mucous production and protects the stomach lining. Turmeric also has carminative properties which relieves flatulence and soothes intestinal spasm and pain.
6) It may help protect against Alzheimer’s disease
Inflammation and oxidative damage play a major role in Alzheimer’s disease. One key feature of Alzheimer’s disease is a build-up of protein tangles called amyloid plaques. Curcumin can help clear these plaques and reduce the inflammation as it is able to cross the blood-brain barrier.
7) It may help lower high cholesterol levels
Turmeric has been shown to reduce high cholesterol levels with studies supporting a decrease in LDL (the bad) cholesterol, an increase in HDL (the good) cholesterol and a decrease in the oxidation of both LDL and HDL cholesterol.
Unfortunately Curcumin, the main active ingredient in turmeric is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream and so it is really important when buying a turmeric supplement, you find one with BioPerine®, which is the substance that enhances absorption of Curcumin by 2000 percemt ensuring you absorb the full benefits. Without this substance, most of the Curcumin just passes through your digestive tract.
Look for Good Health Turmeric 15800 Complex in health food stores and selected pharmacies:
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