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Benefits of Turmeric

Spice up your life and food with a bit of Turmeric.

Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant and is a spice that has a very distinctive tough brown skin and a deep orange flesh. A herb that has been around for thousands of years it is the spice that gives curry its yellow colour and was traditionally used in South Asian dishes as it has a very interesting taste and aroma.

However, despite its added taste benefits Turmeric is continuing to surprise us with its numerous health benefits.

Science is now starting to back up what the Indians have known for a long time that it contains compounds with beneficial medicinal properties.

These compounds are called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin.

Curcumin

Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect, is a very strong antioxidant, supports detoxification, and most recently it is being used to improve cognitive function, blood sugar balance, kidney function, as well as lessening the degree of severity associated with certain digestive disorders.

However, the curcumin content of turmeric is actually not that high (around 3%) and although adding it to your food will have some benefit, for its true potential you may want to think about adding this extract to your daily supplement intake.

Unfortunately, taken alone, curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream, so I recommend that if you wish to use it, you find one with Bioperine added as this is the substance that enhances its absorption and bioavailability. Without it, most of the curcumin just passes through your digestive tract.

As a relatively inexpensive product, it may be a powerful supplement you can add to your diet to promote the long-term health benefits associated. It’s certainly worth adding some Turmeric to your meat, curries and soups as the spice taste alone is phenomenal.

Olly.
 
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