Turmeric is easily recognised by its rich yellow colour. In fact, Turmeric is what gives curry its equally recognisable yellow colour. However, it is the active ingredient, curcumin, that gives Turmeric the many medicinal properties it’s also famous for.
What are the benefits?
• Anti-inflammatory – Turmeric can reduce inflammation as well as the pain and discomfort associated with it. This is particularly useful for chronic inflammation which hurts the body and is part of most Western diseases such as heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s. Some studies have found that Turmeric is as effective as some anti-inflammatory drugs.
• Digestion – Turmeric promotes healthy digestion, reducing wind and bloating.
• Liver function – studies have shown that Turmeric helps clear LDL (bad cholesterol) from the liver and enhances liver function.
• Treating cancer – research has found that the curcumin found in Turmeric can reduce the growth and spread of cancerous cells in animals. This is yet to be studied on humans.
How to get the benefits?
Turmeric, and curcumin, can’t be easily absorbed into the bloodstream with studies finding that piperine, found in black pepper, increase its absorption.
Supplements are the most effective way to experience the benefits of turmeric, and curcumin. Consider consulting a herbalist or naturopath to help you find a suitable supplement.