Have you heard about the purported healing and health benefits of turmeric and are keen to find out more? Perhaps you’ve been told by friends or read online that you ought to include turmeric in your diet, and you’d like to know a little more about its properties and benefits before heading out to buy it. We’ve gathered 7 facts about turmeric and included information on how it can support your health in this blog to help you out.
- Turmeric is a warm and slightly bitter spice that is ground from the root of the plant of the same name and is closely related to the spice ginger. Turmeric has been used in Asian cooking throughout history – it is it what gives so many Asian foods a distinctive and vibrant yellow colour. In fact, turmeric is the main ingredient in curry powder.
- Turmeric is also used in Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic healing, traditionally to treat sprains, swellings and a range of skin conditions. The ‘healing’ powers of turmeric have been recognised in Asian cultures for around 6,000 years, but it is only recently that it has attracted greater interest from the scientific and nutritional communities in the west.
- Curcumin is the name given to a group of compounds called curcuminoids. Curcuminoids are the active part of turmeric that delivers the health benefits people are seeking when they chose to take the spice or a curcumin-based supplement for nutritional reasons.
- Curcumin has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Those who take it report that it has helped to ease joint pain and the antioxidant properties help fight against free radicals in the body which damage cells and contribute to disease. A curcumin-based mouthwash has even beaten a chemical mouthwash for reducing gum inflammation and plaque in a recent study.
- There is a school of thought that the benefits of curcumin might extend to the nervous system (including the brain) and that that could have implications for its use in treating depression. That’s something that is clinically unproven at the moment, but worth keeping an eye on in the future as more studies get underway.
- In order to ensure curcumin is easily absorbed by the body, turmeric needs to be heated in oil (so, just like it would be if cooked in a curry!) or warm with milk, as it is fat-soluble. People who take standard curcumin capsules need to take them with fat-rich foods to ensure that key active ingredient is absorbed. Otherwise, that all-important curcumin will not be effectively absorbed and so much benefit is lost.
- Altruvita’s Curcumin+ dietary supplement contains CurcuWIN, a form of curcumin that does not need to be taken with oil or fats as it has been coated with lipids to ensure it will be effectively absorbed. In fact, it is absorbed 46 times better than standard curcumin capsules or tablets. That’s the Altruvita difference!
If you’re feeling inspired to add curcumin to your diet after reading this, why not take a closer look at the Altruvita Curcumin+ supplement. Our nutritional supplements are formulated from the highest quality ingredients and are approved by the Vegetarian Society as being vegan-friendly. Take a look: https://altruvita.com/curcuminplus2/