Did you know that the same spice that turns your Indian curry and French mustard yellow can also be used to support health and wellbeing?
The rhizome of Curcuma longa (Turmeric) has been used not only as a spice in Indian cooking, but also as a colouring agent for monks’ robes and an Ayurvedic medicine. This bright yellow ingredient was even listed in an Assyrian herbal text dating from about 600BC and mentioned by Dioscorides (a physician, pharmacologist and botanist, the author of De Materia Medica).
Traditionally applied topically for skin infections and to promote wound healing, it was also given internally for poor digestion, vomiting and liver disorders. Like many other members of the Zingiberaceae (ginger) family it was found to be soothing and supportive to the digestive tract.
Found in both Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine, curcumin’s list of health benefits is long:
- Supports your antioxidant protection against free radicals
- Helps maintain your healthy skin
- Supports your overall eye health
- Provides you immune system support
- Aids your skeletal system and joint health
- Encourages your healthy liver function
- Helps you maintain healthy cells with support against free radicals
- Balances the health of your digestive system
- Aids you in support of healthy blood and your circulatory system
- Helps you maintain normal cholesterol levels to support your cardiovascular system
- Assists your neurological system’s healthy response to stress
- Supports a healthy female reproductive system
- Helps you maintain blood sugar levels already within the normal range
Today the yellow pigment curcumin (a key active ingredient of Turmeric) is prized for its ability to support joint health, mobility and comfort. Its antioxidant properties protect the body by neutralizing free radicals which can cause damage to healthy cells and cell membranes. This is important for individuals where free radicals are responsible for the painful joint inflammation and eventual damage and wear & tear to the joints.
Unfortunately standard Turmeric has been shown to have a poor level of bioavailability (absorption) in the gastrointestinal tract and thus it is increasingly hard to obtain therapeutic benefits from eating the spice alone. Some companies and herbal practitioners have looked to assist the absorption by adding piperine from black pepper or by binding the curcumin to phospholipids to assist absorption. 1
Caution: Due to a potential stimulating effect on the gallbladder, Turmeric should not be used by people with gallstones or bile obstruction. And even though turmeric is often consumed by pregnant women as a food, it is important to consult with a doctor before doing so as turmeric can be a uterine stimulant. 2
So for those who want to enjoy an active lifestyle without swollen joints or morning stiffness, curcumin may be a suitable for you!
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- Materia Medica: Turmeric (2013). Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy (2nd Ed) – Kerry Bone & Simon Mills. China: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier
- Natural Medicines Monograph: Turmeric (Mar 2015). Retrieved from: https://naturalmedicines.therapeuticresearch.com/databases/food,-herbs-supplements/professional.aspx?productid=662