Curcumin: The Inflammation Warrior
Dhow X Dr.Priya Cholayil
A pharmacy graduate with expertise in Alternative medicine . Having spent 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry now finding answers/solutions to various health conditions in alternative medicine. Investing time & thought into studying Superfoods with a MD in alternative medicine specializing in Dietetics & Nutrition.
THE Inflammation Warrior!
Was it just today that you looked at your pristine white food containers & swore under your breath seeing the light yellow turmeric stains on it? Don’t fret about that mild stain because it comes with loads of magical healing properties. Did you ever realise that you owe your good health to this stain as the curcumin cleanses your liver making you a healthier person.
“Queen of spices”, ”Super spice”, “Inflammation warrior” are just some of the honorifics given to the not so humble Turmeric . It’s even referred to as Ginger’s cousin with a staple shelf space in many kitchens across the world especially south east Asia. It’s staining properties were even utilised as a dye 2500 years ago in China & India
Turmeric is no longer relegated to just the kitchen shelf today as Covid has unraveled its many healing facets with every nutritionist, spiritual gurus, yoga gods & goddesses and athletes alike swearing by its beneficial properties.
This wonder spice, has been in the news after various studies tout its anti-inflammatory , antioxidant, anti-arthritic, anti-cancer, pain relieving & even as an anti-obesity miracle.
In the last 25 years, there have been more than 3000 publications highlighting the benefits of turmeric, proving it’s recognition in modern medicine. It’s not just another grandma’s concoction anymore.
Turmeric lattes, shots, golden milk have topped the popularity charts for some time now but it’s been used in India for thousands of years as a cooking spice for its flavour & medicinal properties. Ayurveda reveres this spice & most Indian kids would have experienced the magic elixir of warm turmeric milk with a wee dash of pepper in it. Cold, fever, even mild cuts & scrapes never stood a chance against this magic spice.
Curcumin in our organic turmeric is the compound responsible for its potent healing benefits & this compound has been extensively studied.
Innumerable studies show curcumin in turmeric contains powerful antioxidants that can soothe your stomach, potent liver cleansing, relieve achy joints, and potentially help to fight a long list of diseases, including cancer, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, and arthritis.
One of the most researched properties of curcumin is its anti-inflammatory activity. Long-lasting or out of control inflammation is one of the main causes of many health-related problems. These include long term conditions like arthritis, heart disease, obesity, etc.
Recent research has revealed that turmeric is a natural wonder, possibly proving beneficial for many different health conditions from heart disease to Alzheimer's.
No wonder our organic turmeric has not just earned its spot in a Michelin restaurant but has also a gold star as an anti-inflammatory food.
The medicinal properties of this spice have been slowly unravelling itself over the centuries. Long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric today is the superhero or should I call it the Wonder woman of the spice world.
It’s an Inflammation Warrior
Chronic inflammation plays a pivotal role in various ailments like diabetes, cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and cardiovascular diseases.
Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has been shown to improve systemic markers of oxidative stress and reduce inflammation. Beyond being a staple of Asian cuisine, turmeric has long been used in traditional medicine to treat conditions from indigestion to depression. More recently, the spice has been associated with the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome.
But the essential question you should be asking yourself is; are all turmeric the same? Is the absorption same in all types of formulations? Will I get all these benefits by just taking any turmeric available around me?
Our turmeric capsules contain black pepper that maximizes absorption of curcumin in the body.
Stay tuned to understand what you should look into before deciding on a Turmeric supplement for yourself!