Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is an amazing perennial root, closely related to ginger, being a member of the Zingiberaceae ginger family. Now found all around the world, from its humble beginnings in the southwest of India.
The western world was a bit slow on the uptake to embrace turmeric for its health and beauty benefits as turmeric has been used for thousands of years in Asian countries.
What makes turmeric so special is, not only that it contains helpful vitamins and minerals, it contains unique phytochemicals which makes it a real alternative to pharmaceutical / over the counter remedy
Turmeric has over 100 chemical compounds that help give it such a diverse range of benefits for so many health conditions. One of the most important aspects of turmeric is that it contains curcumin, which is a polyphenol, giving the root its beautiful yellow/orange color.
What makes Turmeric so special?
With all that the super food turmeric possesses, making a powerful cocktail that can provide healing properties to almost all parts of the body.
The Vitamins Turmeric Possesses
This is just a quick description of what each vitamin in turmeric does.
Essential for vision health and to prevent cataracts. Needed to help with the formation of hormones.
Assists in muscle health and energy. Helps with metabolism of all nutrients throughout the body and assists in protein synthesis.
Keep the cells healthy with its antiviral and antioxidant properties. Helps with bruises and wounds, bones, teeth, gums.
Like vitamin C, helps prevent free radical activity in cells and against oxidative damage.
Needed for healthy bones. Also, essential for protein synthesis, blood coagulation.
Minerals In Turmeric
Essential for nerve communication and functioning, needed for insulin production, good for bones, helps with blood clotting. Essential for muscle contractions that allow us to move and heart etc.
Helps the body absorb vitamin C, improves immune system and brain functioning. Helps fight fatigue
Needed for the production of cells, bone health, helps the body absorb B vitamins, insulin production. Helps the nervous system function correctly.
Needed for hormone production and is essential for thyroid hormone production, blood sugar levels. Is beneficial for metabolic functioning.
Helps the nervous system. Works with calcium to help with the formation of teeth and bones.
Stops the muscles from cramping, good for kidneys, healthy heart, helps fortify lungs and assists the respiratory system.
Helps regulate blood pressure and also fluid levels inside cells. Needed for normal functioning to muscles and nerves.
Great for eye health and wound healing and helps the immune system stay healthy.
Some uses for Turmeric
1. Soothes a Sore Throat
Turmeric with its potent phytochemical compounds, have the ability to attack the sore throat directly. A study in 2014, published during by Clinical Interventions in Aging showed that 1500mg of Turmeric for a daily dose was comparable to the analgesic effects of 800mg of ibuprofen.
Soothing Throat Drink
1 Tablespoon grated Turmeric
1 cup of coconut milk,
1 teaspoon of honey,
1-2 teaspoons of cinnamon.
2. Promotes Weight Loss
The benefits of using turmeric for weight loss is quite astonishing. It can help with hormone production, regulate blood sugar levels and increase metabolism. When each system in your body is running at optimum performance levels, your calorie burn rate is increased, you properly digest food, feel more energetic and there is better communication between your digestive system and brain.
Turmeric Fat Buring Smoothie
1 Cup of Water
1/3 cup of lemon juice
1 mango chopped
1 teaspoon of powdered turmeric
1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon of pure maple syrup
3. Lowers The Risk of Heart Disease
Turmerics phytochemical curcumin helps the heart by regulating blood sugar levels, cleaning the blood of impurities, helping with cholesterol levels and cardiovascular health.
1 teaspoon of powdered turmeric (or grated)
250mls of water or coconut milk
4. Helps with Eczema
The phytochemicals that are anti-inflammatory in nature are combine with aloe vera and coconut oil to calm the itchiness and burning that eczema can bring.
1/2 Cup of coconut oil
2 tablespoons of Aloe Vera
1 tablespoon of powdered turmeric
5. Arthritis and Joint Pain and 6. Sinusitis
A tea to help with inflammation of joints and sinusitis
1/2 Cup of turmeric
1/2 Cup of ginger
2 Cups of boiling water
Reduce to a simmer for around 10 minutes
With 2 or 3 tablespoons of turmeric powder, slowly add water to create a paste. Apply to the sprain and cover with a bandage, overnight.
1/2 Teaspoon of turmeric
2 Cups of boiling water
Strain the liquid into a cup and let it cool down. Use it to wash the eye, three times a day, for around a week
It’s really hard to get enough turmeric for your health if you’re not eating at least three servings of turmeric on a daily basis. This is mainly because curcumin in its most common form, doesn’t absorb very well into the human body. There has in recent years been one successful venture into creating a highly absorbable version of curcumin.
From studies, it showed that the highly absorbable 100% natural curcumin product (BCM-95) was up to 10 times higher in the blood stream and lasted for 8 to 12 hours, far longer than any other curcumin product tested.
Studies have shown BCM-95 has enhanced effectiveness for treating certain conditions, including:
Best Curcumin Supplements
Curamin is a supplement that contains curcumin BCM – 95, boswellia, DLPA and nattokinase.
Boswellia – Synergizes really well with curcumin and was found to be more beneficial to use than celecoxib ( generic Celebrex) for the pain relief for people with knee osteoarthritis
DLPA – Increases endorphins
Nattokinase – Helps improve micro-circulation
CuraMed is highly effective at dealing with inflammation and can be used for any inflammatory state.
It can help with all types of arthritis, asthma, sinusitis, Chron’s disease, burstitis, tendonitis
Its multiple benefits support:
Healthy Inflammation Response
The BCM -95 process allows a lot more curcumin and is up to 1000% more absorbable than standard curcumin. You would have to take 10 standard curcumin tablets or 500 turmeric tablets to equal one CuraMed tablet.
CuraMed tablet also contains vitamin D3, rosemary and Spanish sage oils.
Please check with your doctor before using these or any supplements, in case of allergic reactions or possible side effects with your health status. Turmeric has many wonderful healing properties that offer many varying benefits. Hopefully it can help you with something 🙂
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