Turmeric—The Golden Spice and Its Value to Your Health
Turmeric, also known as Indian saffron or “the golden spice,” has been widely used across South Asia, the Middle East,and Africa for the last 2,000 years. Multiple cultures are known to have used it for various medicinal purposes as far back as 250 BC, but documentation of turmeric in religious practices in India dates back 4,000 years. During his explorations of the world, Marco Polo even made reference to this “saffron-like vegetable.”
The spice most well-known for giving food a lovely yellow color comes from the rhizome (root) of the Curcuma longa plant, which is native to South Asia and is part of the ginger family. The harvested roots are boiled, dried, and then ground into the fine powder that we know as turmeric.
Turmeric in Eastern Medicine
The golden spice has been used for various ailments over the centuries. Ayurvedic medicine originated in India and is one of the oldest medicinal systems in the world. Turmeric is found in its oldest practices, which include using the spice for strengthening the overall energy of the body, relieving gas, dispelling worms, improving digestion, regulating menstruation, dissolving gallstones, relieving arthritis or joint inflammation, reducing allergies, relieving asthma and reactive airway symptoms, healing the liver, wound and burn care, and treatment of colds and flu.
Putting Turmeric to the Test
When one spice is said to accomplish so much, it is difficult not to be skeptical, but the results of turmeric have been proven. In fact, more than 10,000 studies have been published since 1990 demonstrating its effectiveness.
Several studies have taken additional steps to make dosage recommendations for daily consumption of turmeric dependent upon the specific type of ailment the user is targeting, ranging from digestive irregularities to cancer and addressing many conditions in between. Multiple studies have shown turmeric to be highly effective in the reduction of inflammation throughout the body, and it is recommended by many practitioners for the treatment of rheumatological disorders and diseases.
How Turmeric Works in the Human Body
The primary active compound in turmeric is curcumin, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Inflammation occurs naturally in the body in response to injury and infection and is part of the healing process; however, chronic inflammation results in the body harming itself and is associated with most serious chronic diseases, including cancer, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, and even Alzheimer’s disease and other degenerative conditions.
Curcumin also has antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are known for reversing the aging process, destroying cancer, and strengthening the immune system. They have also been found to improve circulatory health and significantly reduce the risk of blood clots.
The Importance of Bioavailability
The degree to which the human body can use any substance is referred to as its bioavailability. On its own, turmeric has a low bioavailability because, as part of its natural cleansing function, the liver acts to make it water soluble so it can be passed out of the system. That means that if you consume a large amount of turmeric, you will experience some of the effects of curcumin, but most of the benefits will pass right through you.
Curcumin can be extracted from turmeric and taken in a pure form, but as a whole food product, turmeric naturally contains oils that make the fat-soluble curcumin more bioavailable, so Science Natural Supplements uses turmeric instead of an extract.
There are some natural substances that increase bioavailability, and piperine is one that works extremely well for curcumin. It comes from the fruit of the black pepper plant (Piper nigrum)and can boost the amount of curcumin that enters the blood stream by up to 2,000 percent!
How BioPerine Optimizes Curcumin Absorption
BioPerine is a patented extract consisting of piperine from black pepper, which has a standardized concentration of 95% piperine.
You could eat black pepper to increase your curcumin absorption, but you’d have to eat at least 20 times as much, and still wouldn’t be sure you got the full benefit, so Science Natural Supplements created Turmeric with BioPerine in a single capsule to ensure you get the correct ratios and the most benefits. For further information on how this powerful combination can help lower inflammation, reduce fat, improve memory, enhance mood and boost energy, take a look at the product description page: Turmeric with BioPerine.
Some people enjoy turmeric as a tea rather than taking capsules, so Science Natural Supplements also offers Turmeric Tea, which contains BioPerine to ensure you get all the nutritional benefits of turmeric while enjoying the scent and flavor in a hot cup of tea.
Science Natural Supplements also combines Turmeric with Ginger(and BioPerine) for a super pain and inflammation reducer,and features several other ingredients known to support joint health in Turmeric Joint Support.
Enhance Your Memory
Serotonin also plays a role in your memory. It’s not uncommon for people that suffer from depression to be forgetful. It was previously assumed that this was just an effect of the depressive state, but it turns out that forgetfulness is related to low levels of serotonin.
BioPerine is also capable of raising levels of beta-endorphin, which also plays a significant role in memory. When used together, you have two powerful therapies working to improve your memory. Further research is being done to evaluate both turmeric and BioPerine in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Fight Autoimmune Disorders
Researchers are finding new autoimmune disorders every year. The most well-researched autoimmune disorders are rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and lupus, which are also the most common. These disorders are commonly diagnosed in females over the age of 30.
Autoimmune disorders are not caught or contracted, but rather an overactive immune response to one’s own body. Essentially, the immune system senses your own body’s tissues as if they were outside forces and attacks them. This leads to extensive pain, inflammation, and fatigue.
Turmeric and BioPerine have both also been evaluated for treatment of inflammation. Long-term use of turmeric is found to regulate the body’s immune responses and is as effective as common nonsteroidal analgesics (NSAIDs) in chronic inflammation prevention. BioPerine is found to suppress the body’s natural release of lymphocytes that cause swelling. Looking for something to treat joint pain related to osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis? Check out our Turmeric Joint Support Formula.
Naturally Treat Chronic Pain
People that suffer from chronic pain are frequently prescribed large amounts of NSAIDs and narcotics. The potential long-term effects of these medications can be very harmful to one’s health. Prolonged use of NSAIDs has been linked to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) as well as liver and kidney damage.
Overuse of narcotics can lead to a dependency which can accrue multiple negative health effects up to death. Turmeric naturally coats the body’s pain receptors, blocking the receptor’s ability to feel pain.
People that suffer from chronic pain generally also suffer from chronic inflammation. As stated before, turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. That means that you get twice the pain prevention, by 1) blocking the pain receptors, and 2) targeting the source of the pain and preventing it in the first place.
Boost Energy Levels
Inflammation and soreness can quickly drain your energy to the point that you don’t want to get out of bed in the morning. People living with chronic inflammation often suffer from decreased activity levels, and in the long term, this can result in decreased mobility of the joints.
With Turmeric and BioPerine’s proven abilities to reduce inflammation and increase serotonin, you can regain your energy and motivation to get up and get going. Living without pain and stiffness means you can exercise again, play with your kids or grandchildren, resume your social life, and so much more.
Treat Digestive Diseases
Millions of people suffer from digestive diseases and ailments like Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, and diverticulitis. All three of these illnesses have two major things in common:
1) they all exist in the intestine
2) they cause massive amounts of inflammation
As history has shown us, the physicians of centuries past recognized that turmeric had the power to treat digestive illnesses. Modern science has since reinforced this practice, demonstrating turmeric’s ability to reduce intestinal inflammation and bleeding, while supporting the regulation of bowel movements. Turmeric has also been found to heal stomach ulcers and reduce the risk of an ulcer reforming.
Naturally Improve Your Mood
Anxiety and depression plague millions of people every day. The healthcare industry prescribes billions of pills every year to treat mental health, but these medications can come with dangerous side effects.
Turmeric and BioPerine have been individually tested in the treatment of anxiety and depression. The findings are impressive. Turmeric was found to be as effective as Prozac in the treatment of anxiety when test patients took the supplement every day for six weeks.
How is this possible? Turmeric and BioPerine are both serotonin boosters, the hormone that regulates your mood. Low levels of serotonin create feelings of depression and anxiety, reduce energy, and slow the metabolism. Increasing serotonin reverses these effects and leads to a better quality of life.
Prevent Cancer Formation
Turmeric is not just great for digestive diseases but has also been shown to help digestive cancers. Multiple studies have been done looking at the effects of turmeric on cancers involving the digestive tract. Turmeric was found to shrink the size of stomach and colon tumors, as well as prevent the cancer cells from metastasizing or spreading throughout the body.
Naturally Relieve Symptoms of PMS and Menopause
Whether you are still in your child-bearing prime or menopause is already setting in, the symptoms of PMS are uncomfortable and inconvenient.
A few that immediately come to mind are depression, fatigue, feminine pain and swelling, bowel irritation, and brain fog. Sound familiar? Turmeric has the ability to reduce all of these symptoms and more.
Instead of gaining weight and feeling blue as you begin to experience menopause, turmeric gives you the ability to remain feeling youthful and vibrant as you begin a new phase of your life. Instead of aging bringing on daunting feelings of detachment and discomfort, you can age gracefully with energy and enthusiasm to spare.
Turmeric Is More Common Than You Think
Turmeric is found in foods that we eat all the time. Thanks to its golden color, turmeric is frequently used as a natural food coloring. It is what gives curry dishes their notable yellow hue. It’s also what colors yellow cakes, yellow rice, and many cereals. However, being readily available does not mean the turmeric you commonly see is of high quality. To receive notable benefits from consuming the spice, it must come from plants that are grown in good soil without harmful chemicals, processed without destroying nutrients or including harmful additives, and delivered in a timely manner.
How to Add Turmeric to Your Diet
A great way to reap the benefits of these spices is to add them to your diet. Turmeric adds a nutty taste to many foods and piperine is in black pepper, which people frequently add to their meals. While adding these spices to your dishes will certainly help you take advantage of their benefits in the long term, the amount you require to start seeing any substantial benefits would probably ruin your meal.
Fortunately, there are other ways to incorporate these into your diet. Turmeric tea is a centuries-old remedy known throughout India for its ability to soothe the stomach, calm the body, and give you a general feeling of well-being. Enjoying a cup of turmeric tea is highly recommended on days that symptoms of PMS or menopause are present.
Not a big tea drinker? Taking turmeric in a capsule gives you a concentrated dose without having to dig out the old cookbook. If you have an aversion to taking anything pill-like, you can still make the most of the capsules. Simply break the capsule in half and pour the turmeric into a cup of coffee, mix it into some yogurt, or blend it into your protein shake.
Science Natural Supplements uses the highest quality ingredients to create supplements that support your healthiest life. We believe in combining nature and science to give you all the benefits turmeric and other herbs and spices have to offer. Our concentrated formulas provide a powerhouse of goodness in vegetarian capsules.
If you want turmeric with weight loss power, check out our Turmeric with Ginger supplement, and get the bloat and inflammation-reducing power of turmeric with the metabolism-boosting punch of ginger. Science Natural Supplements offers a wide variety of turmeric products to fit your needs. See our full list of products here,and order today to get started on your road to terrific health!
Commonly Asked Questions About Turmeric
Do you sell turmeric curcumin with black pepper extract?
We’ve gone one step better—instead of plain black pepper extract, our turmeric supplements include BioPerine, which is made from black pepper, but is standardized to contain 95% piperine, the compound in black pepper that makes it effective.
Is turmeric a joint pain remedy?
Turmeric is great for joint pain because it is both anti-inflammatory and has antioxidant properties. It has been used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine to treat arthritis for centuries.
What’s the best way to take turmeric for pain relief and inflammation?
There are three things that will help optimize results. One is to take turmeric in a high quality, natural form that includes its natural oils. The second is to take it with BioPerine which makes the curcumin it contains bioavailable. Finally, take the recommended dose of your turmeric supplement every day so the results will be consistent and long-lasting.
What is the best turmeric supplement to take?
Some people like the convenience of a pill and others prefer taking turmeric as a tea. Both are effective, so Science Natural Supplements makes high-purity turmeric available with BioPerine in both forms.
Can turmeric help you lose weight?
Yes! Turmeric has been found to help people lose stubborn body fat when they had been having poor results from lifestyle and diet changes. The secret is to make sure it is in a bioavailable form, such as a supplement that contains both turmeric and BioPerine.
Is this an organic turmeric supplement?
The certification process for organic products is very expensive, so we have not pursued it, but we do make sure all Science Natural Supplements turmeric is grown in healthy soil and a clean environment, and then all our products are tested for purity by an independent laboratory.