Turmeric (curcuma longa) has been used as a medicinal supplement for more than 4,000 years. It is greatly valued as a tonic in Ayurvedic and Chinese Traditional Medicine. It grows throughout the forests of Southern Asia, India, Sri Lanka, Bengal, Australia, Indonesia, the West Indies, and the Pacific Islands, including Hawaii.
Turmeric grows as a rhizome (root) underground. Once the root is ground up it has a bright orange color, and why it is often called ‘golden root.’
Turmeric derives its name from the Latin terra merita meaning “meritorious earth.”
Benefits of TURMERIC
There are more than 10,000 scientific studies proving the efficacy of turmeric as a healing aid. Turmeric is one of the most commonly used herbs throughout India, and this country has one of the lowest rates of Alzheimer’s, as well as an extremely low incidence of multiple types of cancers. Curcumin, a powerful antioxidant is the active ingredient in Turmeric.
It is known as an incredible anti-inflammatory agent as well as a digestive aid, and can help to reduce or even halt the following health issues:
- Neurodegenerative Disease
- Heart Disease (Atherosclerosis)
- Clinical Depression
- Acquired Immundeficiency Syndrome
- Arsenic Exposure
- Renal (Eye) Conditions
Inflammation and the Gut Brain Axis
Turmeric is a formidable way to heal the gut-brain axis, which is normally overrun with inflammation. The gut is known as the “second brain” and greatly affects immunity in the body, as the digestive tract is one of our first lines of defense against bacteria, viruses, and other toxins. Turmeric helps to reduce the overproduction of cytokines, involved in the process of pathological pain, and helps the liver to produce bile which is used by the stomach to break down and assimilate food.
As an antioxidant Turmeric is 10 times more powerful than Vitamin C. Curcuminoids in Turmeric are excellent free radical scavengers, and can even prevent the development of free radicals. Additionally, Curcumin promotes the production of anti-oxidant enzymes like superoxide dismutase, catalase, and more.
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How Does Turmeric Work?
Turmeric works by reducing the instability of free radical chains in our bodies. We produce two prostaglandins, cyclooxygenase-1 and cyclooxygenase-2, known respectively as COX-1 and COX-2. While COX-1 is important in our bodies and necessary for proper blood clotting, COX-2 is only associated with inflammation. The powerful antioxidants in Turmeric help to neutralize free radicals without disrupting other important processes in the body. This reduction of free radicals also lowers chronic inflammation leading to:
- Improved digestion
- Better immunity
- Weight management
- Improved Skin Condition
- A better mood
- Higher energy levels
The use of Turmeric as a supplement is supported by thousands of double-blind, placebo-controlled, human clinical trial studies. Extensive research over the past two decades has proven that Turmeric helps to modulate cell signaling, affecting molecules such as pro-inflammatory cytokines, apoptotic proteins, NF–κB, cyclooxygenase-2, 5-LOX, STAT3, C-reactive protein, prostaglandin E2, prostate-specific antigen, adhesion molecules, phosphorylase kinase, transforming growth factor-β, triglyceride, ET-1, creatinine, HO-1, AST, and ALT, allowing the body to ‘talk’ better to each of its systems.
At BeHerbal, we’ve taken the guess-work out of adding this amazing supplement to your nutraceutical arsenal. We’ve developed a high quality 1200 mcg dosage formulated for high absorbability. This dosage is perfect for reducing inflammation, supporting energy, and acting as a source of powerful antioxidant activity.
Piperine and Turmeric for Best Assimilation
BeHerbal’s turmeric is sourced only with high quality ingredients, and tested by doctors, nutritionists and industry experts, but you can boost the rate of absorption of Turmeric by adding a small amount of piperine, or black pepper. Just 20 mg (less than a teaspoon) can boost the bioavailability of Turmeric by as much as 2000 percent.You can also add a small dose of healthy polyunsaturated fatty acids, like those found in coconut oil, to help the body assimilate Turmeric even better.
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Side Effects of Turmeric
Side effects of any type are unusual and mild, as Turmeric has been used as both a food and herbal supplement for thousands of years. However, in extremely high doses (above 3000 mcg daily) Turmeric is associated with:
- Increased bleeding (it is a blood thinner)
- Increased liver function tests
- Hyperactive gallbladder contractions
- Hypotension (low blood pressure)
- Increased menstrual flow
Turmeric can also interfere with certain medications given to diabetics and those suffering from heart disease, so check with your doctor if you are on prescription medications to make sure it is safe to take Turmeric as a supplement.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult your qualified healthcare provider before beginning any diet or program.