By Claire Georgiou, Reboot Naturopath, B.HSc ND
Well I think I’M IN LOVE and a bit excited by all my study links but I had to share some of these amazing findings! The benefits of turmeric seem endless and the list keeps growing! I am blown away with all the research and potential health benefits from this humble little root. It has been reported that turmeric has over 500 health benefits and it may positively modulate over 700 gene expressions in the body! Turmeric is a rhizome and belongs to the ginger family.
Turmeric contains a major active component called curcumin, this compound is the subject of more than 5,700 peer-reviewed and published biomedical studies. This humble spice is one of the most researched medicinal plants in the world today.
Ancient Chinese and Indian medicine have been using this spice to treat many health ailments for thousands of years. This spice is commonly associated with Indian and Asian cooking and is often seen in curry spice blends. The deep colour represents its rich anti-oxidant and phyto-nutrient profile.
I use turmeric in clinic for a range of health disorders regularly due to its wide variety of medicinal properties. It’s a true wonder spice!
Here are some of its main health benefits:
Some studies have been comparing its benefits with a number of prescribed medications without the side-effects that are so commonly seen with many medications. Medication can often cause numerous side-effects that in some cases can be worse than the disease itself in the longer-term. Turmeric shows little or no side-effects at all.
An important recommendation to improve the absorption and bioavailability of curcumin is to combine it with pepper. Peperine, a pepper phyto-nutrient that creates the hot has been shown to increase the bioavailability of curcumin by 2000%. Due to the fact curcumin is a fat-soluble phenol compound, the absorption of this anti-oxidant will be improved by consuming turmeric with healthy fats.
To improve the absorption of the medicinal properties from this wonder spice. Consume turmeric with natural fats in meals, juices or smoothies. Using avocados, extra-virgin olive oil, coconut oil and other healthy fats, and adding a dash of pepper to enhance its bioavailability!
Ways to Eat Turmeric:
So I hope after reading a about this wonder spice you will feel more inclined to add it to meals, smoothies and perhaps to some of you juices to enjoy the vast healing and health benefits it has to offer !