You may have come across this popular Asian spice in many curry recipes. The yellow spice is from the flowering Turmeric plant and it’s powerful properties come from the compound curcumin. It is this curcuminoid compound that contains the powerful benefits that the Turmeric plant offers.
The yellow colour from the curcumin is used to give colour to foods and cosmetics. It is also a well known natural alternative to combat inflammation.
Turmeric is available as a supplement or you can purchase as a ground spice to add to food and drink. There are many foods that you can add turmeric too and you can even try Golden milk which is a great soothing drink before bed.
When you consume turmeric the bio availability of curcumin is not that great. This means that the benefits may not be seen because they do not get into the bloodstream too well.
This however can be corrected by adding black pepper. Black pepper contains a compound called piperine and this increases the bio availability of the curcumin from the turmeric.
For example 20(mg) milligram of piperine with 2(g) gram of turmeric can increase the bio availability of curcumin by around 2000%.
With this in mind always look for turmeric supplements with these main compounds, curcumin and piperine.
Turmeric essential oil
You can use Turmeric essential oil for aromatherapy purposes. It has a warm, earthy, woody scent which can not only warm the mind but it can also help energize, uplift and strengthen it too.
When applied to the skin as an oil Turmeric is believed to support the body’s natural recovery process. It also helps promote skin elasticity and firmness, giving your skin a massage with the essential oil can be very beneficial but please see a massage therapist and remember essential oils need to use a carrier oil as applying essential oil directly to the skin can be harmful.
Turmeric health benefits
One of turmeric's main claims is to greatly reduce inflammation. Inflammation is found to be involved with many illnesses from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) to heart disease and arthritis. With arthritis the inflammation causes a lot of pain and the benefits of turmeric are known to help people with an arthritic condition.
Studies have shown that the right dose of curcumin can be a more effective treatment for inflammation than some NSAIDs (Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
It is extremely important to look after our heart, to try and prevent heart disease there are many natural herbs that play a role in keeping our heart healthy.
Curcumin may improve the health of a thin membrane in the heart responsible for regulating blood pressure. This thin membrane covers the inside of the heart and blood vessels. Keeping this membrane healthy will help reduce heart disease.