Turmeric or Indian Saffron is an underground rhizome of Asian plant Curcuma longa, similar to ginger. The best known is in the form of yellow-orange spice (used in curry) used mainly in Indian, Persian, Pakistani and Thai cuisine. It gives the food a delicate, aromatic, slightly bitter taste and a vibrant saffron color. Turmeric is growing in India, China, Australia and Peru.
Health benefits lie in the high concentration of antioxidants polyphenols called curcuminoids. Three quarters of them are in the form of curcumin. It is scientifically proven that it protects the brain – level drop of Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (otherwise known as BDNF) is often associated with cognitive function disorders such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease and in connection to that researchers found that curcumin positively affects BDNF levels and can delay or even reverse brain diseases or age-related brain function depression. At the same time, curcumin reduces the risk of cancer – it is one of the most potent natural substances with antitumor effects. Not only does it prevent cancer growth, it also hampers the development and spread of cancer cells. Furthermore, it lowers the low LDL cholesterol in the blood, prevents blood clotting and blood clots (ie, the prevention of heart attack and stroke) and removes deposits from the arteries. If you have blood clotting disorders or are already taking blood thinners, do not take your turmeric regularly (occasional consumption should not be a problem). It could multiply the effect of drugs, which would increase the risk of internal bleeding or impaired wound healing in injuries. Turmeric is proven to be an antioxidant and further used against inflammation, to treat skin problems, to enhance liver immune function and also to support weight loss. Also commonly used in pharmacies are joint preparations containing curcumin.
Curcumin, the active ingredient of turmeric, has one small disadvantage – it is itself rapidly degraded by enzymes in the intestine and in the liver. As a result, a low to undetectable amount is absorbed into the blood. Fortunately, to receive more curcumin it is enough to combine it with pepper. To give you an idea, the study showed that adding 20 mg of peperin to 2 g of curcumin resulted in an increase of 2000% of the amount absorbed into the bloodstream. You can read the whole study here:
Shoba G. (1998). Influence of piperine on the pharmacokinetics of curcumin in animals and human volunteers. Planta med. 64 (4), 353-6.
In addition, curcumin is fat-soluble – so if you take it together with a natural daily diet, it will be completely absorbed. One teaspoon of turmeric powder a day should be enough.
Curcumin can be further used in the form of capsules in which it is already mixed with black pepper and thus effective for absorption into the bloodstream.
You can buy Organic Turmeric Curcumin Caps with Black Pepper and Ginger (VEGAN and GLUTEN FREE) and Organic Raw Turmeric Powder below: