Super Ingredient Series: Turmeric

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What is Turmeric?

Turmeric is an edible root that comes from the turmeric plant. It is a very common ingredient found in the Asian diet and has been used in India for thousands of years for its flavor, coloring, and medicinal qualities. Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow color and is used to color and flavor mustards, cheeses, and butter.

Turmeric roots and powder

Modern scientific research has shown turmeric has amazing health benefits including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The main active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin and it is the curcumin that offers the medicinal benefits.

What are the benefits?

Turmeric so many amazing benefits

One of the most common uses of curcumin (turmeric) is to help with conditions that bring pain and inflammation. According to one scientific study in 2019, chronic inflammation was cited as being “the most significant cause of death in the world”.

Curcumin (turmeric) can help! It has strong anti-inflammatory bioactive properties that fight inflammation on the molecular level. Its benefits are often comparable to anti-inflammatory drugs – without any of the negative side effects drugs can bring.

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What else can curcumin do?

Many people take curcumin to help with:

  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Immune System
  • Hay fever
  • Depression / Mood balancing
  • High cholesterol
  • Liver disease
  • Itching
  • Heartburn
  • Free radical damage to sensitive organs
  • Inflammatory bowel disease / Digestive Function
  • Stress
  • Osteoarthritis / Arthritis / Joint Pain
  • Neurodegenerative disease / dementia
  • Dementia
  • Allergies/Asthma
  • Skin care

The many health benefits of curcumin

How does it work?

The main active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin and it is the curcumin that offers the medicinal properties. Curcumin only makes up about 3% of turmeric, so just using turmeric does not provide the best health benefits. It is hard to get enough curcumin, even if turmeric is a normal part of the diet. The curcumin is extracted from the turmeric and can be taken as curcumin supplements. This provides the levels necessary to give the best health benefits.

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There is another hurdle to getting the benefits curcumin has to offer. Curcumin has a resistance to being absorbed into the bloodstream and most of it passes right through the body. Traditionally consumers have been told to improve the absorption rate of their curcumin supplements by up to 2000% by also taking black pepper and extra fats and oils.

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Now there is a simple solution that allows consumers to get the many benefits curcumin has to offer without the extra calories and hassle… cavacurmin. Cavacurmin is a naturally occurring simple sugar that is used as a carrier to transport the curcumin to the cell membranes, allowing absorption up to 40 times higher than many traditional curcumin supplements.

How can I get Turmeric?

To take advantage of the amazing health benefits turmeric has to offer, look for a good curcumin supplement. Make sure the supplement has ingredients that allow for good body absorption.

Taking curcumin supplements that are in a liquid state can even further enhance the absorption of curcumin into the body. The Physician’s desk reference says liquid vitamins and sprays can be utilized and absorbed up to 98%.

ENP’s liquid curcumin offers high absorption and is ready to support your overall health today.

Curcumin helps with inflammation

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Sources

Gunnars, Kris. “10 Proven Health Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin.” Healthline, Healthline Media, www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-turmeric#section1.

“How Is Inflammation Affecting My Body & Joints?” Effective Natural Products, www.effectivenaturalproducts.com/blogs/news/how-is-inflammation-affecting-my-body-joints.  

“Is Black Pepper Needed for Curcumin Turmeric Absorption?” Effective Natural Products, www.effectivenaturalproducts.com/blogs/news/is-black-pepper-needed-for-curcumin-turmeric-absorption.  

“Top 12 Health Benefits of Curcumin.” Effective Natural Products, www.effectivenaturalproducts.com/blogs/news/top-12-health-benefits-of-curcumin.  

“Turmeric: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, Dosage, and Warning.” WebMD, WebMD, www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-662/turmeric.

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