ayurveda,  Herbs,  Spice

Turmeric – The Golden Goddess

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.

Beneficial Effects

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.

Proper Consumption

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.

https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/2c1d/b67216db08e105d6fb1f7ec30e7275c681f1.pdf

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:

9 Comments

  • Renae

    Thank you for the information about the spice, Tumeric. I did forget about some of the benefits and this was a great reminder for me to include some in our dinner tonight. I am particularly grateful for the anti-inflammatory properties as I have some neck and back pain. I have also recently discovered tumeric in lattes. Have you tried this before? Looks like it could be beneficial (in moderation of course).

    • admin

      You are welcome;-) there are even more positive effects that turmeric has, but these are the major ones… regarding inflammation I also recommend checking Samahan tea that can also be helpful (more about it in this post: http://beetyful.com/samahan-tea/) This is the first time a hear about the turmeric latte, I have to try it many thanks for the tip! 😉

  • Shannon

    Thank you for all the useful information you have provided here. Tumeric is one of my favorite herbs, being useful for a range of health issues and highly beneficial to the body as well. 

    I study herbs and various holistic medicinal methods. Along with herbal medicine, Ayerveda is a special interest for me. I will bookmark your site and definitely plan to visit often in the future. Thanks for creating this great resource!

  • Stacey

    Thank you for this information!  I did not know turmeric was so good for the brain?  My mother suffers from Dementia and I plan on seeing if she can add this to her diet.  I was considering it for my partner who has ITP and RA, but I’m glad you mentioned the blood clotting issues, because it would not be a good fit because ITP  is a bleeding disorder.  I’ve seen Turmeric in pill form.  Do you recommend it that way?  Or is their better absorption using a powder?  Also with so many product around it’s hard to know which ones are pure?  Any recommendations?  Thanks again!

    • admin

      Hello Stacy, I personally use Curcuma Caps from Nahrin, there are really good reviews on it and I think that these pills are really effective…long-term use of curcumin may also reduce iron levels, so it is good to keep this fact in mind.

  • Alblue

    Thank you for writing the benefits of turmeric. I’ve heard about its advantage of improving brain’s function, but this is the first time I’ve heard that it can also reduce the risk of cancer. Do you have several recommendation for turmeric supplements? I think this will be beneficial for both me and my parents. Thank you

  • Daniel

    I must say that this article is very helpful and informative. Turmeric is definitely one of the best and healthiest spices we can use for our health. I am primarily using turmeric for weight loss as I heard it can provoke thermogenesis and burn excess calories. I did not know that curcumin can prevent cancer, it is a great plus for people to start consuming turmeric in daily nutrition.

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