What you didn’t know about Turmeric

What you didn’t know about Turmeric

Turmeric is a delicious spice that is usually added to curries to give it that brilliant golden colour and fantastic flavour. What you might not know is that Turmeric also has many health benefits due to the presence of Curcumin. The use of this ancient spice dates back as far as 4000 years ago. Today Turmeric is still used for its many therapeutic benefits.

1. How can Turmeric help me?
The active component in Turmeric is called Curcumin and it is used to aid many different types of health conditions – all of which stem from inflammation.

Here are a few conditions that can be improved by Curcumin’s health benefits:

· Musculoskeletal conditions: joint pain, swelling, stiffness, Arthritis (Osteo & Rheumatoid), muscular strains, sprains and low back pain
· Digestive problems: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Ulcerative Colitis, Diverticular Disease, heartburn, nausea, poor liver function
· Cardiovascular disease: Angina, high cholesterol levels
· Neurological disorders: Shingles, Neuralgia, headaches, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer’s
· Chronic pain

The reason Curcumin is recommended for many conditions throughout the body is that it helps to reduce chronic inflammation. Chronic pain has many causes but all share one common denominator – inflammation.

2. I use Turmeric in my cooking all the time – can’t I just get it from my food?

Food grade Turmeric (what you cook with) only contains tiny amounts of “active” Curcumin (around 3 – 5%). The only way to guarantee you reap the Curcumin therapeutic health benefits is to take a supplement that measures the amount of curcuminoids. A good Turmeric supplement will contain 95% Curcuminoids.

3. Can I take Turmeric for general health and wellbeing?

Yes, Curcumin health benefits don’t stop at inflammation and Arthritis. Curcumin provides high levels of potent antioxidant protection – 13 times higher than Blueberries! That means it helps to keep your body younger on the inside. It’s like rust protection for your body.
Can anyone take Turmeric?
Yes, Turmeric is generally considered to be safe. However it is not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding. If you have pre-existing health conditions, or if you are on blood thinning medications, consult with your healthcare professional first. 

5. I heard that turmeric is not easily absorbed by the body – is that true?

Yes. Turmeric on its own is generally poorly absorbed by the body so it’s important to buy a Turmeric supplement that has added ingredients like ‘BioPerine®’ for effective results. 

If you suffer from Arthritis, IBS or back pain, or you’re just interested in boosting your antioxidant protection, check out the Good Health’s Turmeric 15800 Complex.


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