As you may already know, turmeric has an amazing array of benefits. On the Japanese island of Okinawa, consuming turmeric is a way of life, which may explain why the people who live there have one of the longest average lifespans in the world (81.2 years)!
It is hard to rival turmeric’s huge anti-inflammatory punch: more than 700 studies show it can reduce inflammation and support brain and joint health. But that’s not all. Let’s take a quick look at everything this supplement has to offer.
BUT FIRST, PLEASE NOTE: taking turmeric on its own is not something I would ever do. Read on to find out why.
1. Turmeric and Mood
Studies suggest that turmeric may help improve mood in those with depression. Scientists believe that might be because curcumin, the active substance in turmeric, has shown that it can influence the nervous system by helping to balance neurotransmitter concentrations, inflammatory pathways, hormonal disturbances in your brain and adrenal glands and oxidative stress (free radical damage). Neurotransmitters are the brain’s chemical messengers and are used by the nervous system to help keep your mood balanced. Curcumin also regulates the endocannabinoid system, which can be involved in depression.
2. Can Turmeric Help With Skin Issues?
With its powerful anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant qualities, curcurmin has been used as a remedy for the prevention and treatment of skin aging and skin disorders like psoriasis, infections, acne, skin inflammation and skin cancer.
3. Immunity and Turmeric
In China, curcumin has been used as a traditional remedy thanks to its antiviral, anti-inflammatory and other functions, which enhance the body’s immunity. The Chinese class turmeric as a warm, bitter and pungent herb that can invigorate the blood, stimulating blood flow, circulation and relieving pain. One scientific review of the data showed that curcumin can reduce the replication of a diverse range of viruses, and reduce the production of inflammatory substances. That helps support your body by fighting viruses like Influenza A, and improving symptoms when you’re unwell.
4. Is Turmeric Good For Your Joints?
When researchers looked at the effect of taking curcumin when you have osteoarthritis, they found a large amount of evidence that curcumin can significantly improve pain. In Indian folk medicine, curcumin has been used for hundreds of years. But now science has been able to explain why turmeric can help you with your joints: it has been found that it can help your body make more collagen, glycosaminoglycans and the enzymes that support them, and reduce inflammatory actions and collagen-destroying substances. The glycosaminoglycans mentioned here are building blocks that your body uses to create structural scaffolding in your joints and help keep your cells hydrated.
5. Whiten Your Teeth With Turmeric
Turmeric can even whiten teeth! Dip your toothbrush into a food oil (such as olive, sunflower or coconut), then into the open content of one of our capsules and brush teeth. Do this for one month and let me know if you like the results!
Turmeric has so many benefits, and we’ll cover more in future blogs. But as mentioned above, it’s important to take turmeric in the right way to release its full potential to boost your health.
How to Consume Turmeric & Enjoy Its Benefits
I love turmeric and I take it personally regularly. But so many people don’t realise that it isn’t going to be absorbed well at all unless you mix it with a natural fat and piperine from black pepper.
This can increase its absorption by 2,000%! (And also prevent it from upsetting your stomach!)
TUMACURA is a blend of pure organic turmeric (containing curcuma), organic coconut flour and ground black pepper. It has a highly potent absorption rate due to added black pepper (containing piperine) and natural fat from the coconut flour.
Golden Milk Recipe, Adapted from Dr. Weil’s
- 2 cups light, unsweetened coconut milk (or almond milk)
- ½ T peeled, grated fresh ginger
- 1 T Turmacura released from capsules (twist to open)
Heat the milk on medium, add the ginger and Tumacura, stir well. Bring to a simmer and cover for 10 minutes. Strain and sweeten to taste.