Turmeric has historically been used as a spice and a medicinal herb. Recent studies show that the active compound named curcumin is what makes this spice so special. Curcumin is found in a relatively small amount in turmeric, however it is powerful. Although science is able to narrow down compounds that are truly magical in their function, herbal medicine knows that it is the whole of the plant that makes the medicine work its best. Therefore, in my opinion, even though you can specifically purchase curcumin, I believe you will receive greater benefit from turmeric as a whole.
So, let’s talk a little about the magic of this food/supplement.
- Studies show it has a high anti-inflammatory capability, more so than pretty much anything else you could ingest. Since inflammation has been shown to be the precursor to everything that could go wrong in the body it is a great start to support every beneficial action of your body. Therefore it is your best choice when you are looking at assisting your body in dealing with things like arthritis, autoimmune disorders, cancer, and all stress related illness (which is potentially 95% of disease).
- Secondary to the anti-inflammatory effect is the antioxidant capability. Not only does it act as an antioxidant, it also supports the bodies efforts to increase the work of other antioxidants within the body. Think about it like this, if you played an instrument in a band and practiced 10,000 hours to get better you would no doubt improve. Then as you were practicing more it motivated the other members to practice more. In the end you all get better not only because one member improved to make the band stand out, but all members worked more beneficially and harder together to make the whole greater.
- Other studies have shown turmeric to improve heart health (possibly being as beneficial as exercise), assisting in age related brain function, as well as depression. The research on the brain relates to both depression and age related memory decline. It acts on the same neurological pathway boosting specific neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin. This improves mood, as well as assists in memory and cognitive abilities.
What We Recommend
At Awakened Living we choose Apex Energetics as our turmeric provider. Apex is an expert in formulating high quality bioavailable (meaning your body digests and absorbs it immediately to the greatest possible extent) supplements that your body can utilize immediately. Allowing you to see and feel nearly immediate results. If you are looking for a high quality turmeric supplement you need to make sure it contains black pepper as it needed to digest the herb properly. Without the pepper the turmeric will pass through your system without you reaping the benefits. If you find a supplement without the pepper you can always take a couple of peppercorns with it to assist the digestion. Turmeric also happens to be fat soluble, therefore taking it with meals or good fats can get you better absorption as well.
Here’s to good health and growing old with grace and in wellness.
*Apex is only available through your healthcare provider