The Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric–you’ve likely heard of this spice, as it features in many a curry and spicy subcontinental dish. Maybe you’ve even experimented with it in your own cooking. Well, how about curcumin? Curcumin is the active compound found in turmeric containing amazing medicinal properties akin to those of anti-inflammatories, cholesterol medications and diabetes medicine among many others.Unlike fad herbal medicines that seem to pop up from time to time, there are over 6000 peer-reviewed articles supporting this claim. So the science is there, awareness is increasing and now there is a great range of product available using Turmeric and Curcumin.

Bioceuticals Theracurcumin
This product from Bioceuticals is available at Padbury Pharmacy and is the subject of this month’s product spotlight. It is sold in 30-count tablets and lasts between 15 and 30 days, depending on daily dosage. Each tablet in Bioactive bottle contains the equivalent of 810mg of curcumin, offering fantastic value. This product is not only a great example of the rising demand for turmeric, but combines the health benefits of curcumin with the reliability of the Bioceuticals brand name, so you know you’re getting a quality-checked and premium dietary supplement.

Health Benefits of Turmeric

To make getting on the Turmeric bandwagon a no-brainer, here’s a simple list of some incredible health benefits you’ll find in Turmeric:
Anti-coagulant: For those with vascular problems, the struggles associated around the negative side-effects of ibuprofen and other common treatments with regards to ibuprofen overdose and excessive bleeding that needs to be met with a new approach. Turmeric has the same basic properties as ibuprofen-type medications, but with relatively no side effects!
Anti-inflammatory: One of the most prominent health benefits of Turmeric is its amazing anti-inflammatory properties. As inflammation is the root of many diseases and health problems, it’s super important to get on top of it early, as prevention is always better than cure! Taking turmeric on a regular basis can be incredibly beneficial for your health. It is scientifically proven that curcumin is more effective for anti-inflammatory purposes than aspirin and ibuprofen.
Cancer treatment: This is huge! Studies have shown that curcumin does indeed have anti-cancer effects on breast cancer, bowel cancer, stomach cancer and skin cancer. The combination of curcumin with chemotherapy on bowel cancer cells in an American laboratory study proved more effective in treatment than chemotherapy alone.
Diabetes management: A growing problem in the developed world is type 2diabetes, caused largely by poor dietary choices and obesity. Turmeric has been shown to lower blood sugar levels and reverse insulin resistance, and is also known to be 400 times more potent than Metformin (a common diabetes drug). Curcumin can also delay the potential for blindness caused by complications from Type 2 Diabetes.
Cholesterol Regulation: High cholesterol is a contributing factor to heart disease. While medication to treat high cholesterol is available, many have terrible side effects such as kidney and liver damage. Thankfully, such side effects aren’t a problem with turmeric, as the natural properties are kind to your body, whilst being as, if not more effective than medications which treat high cholesterol.
Reduced Risk of Alzheimer’s: An extract of turmeric that has been shown to break down amyloid-beta plaques, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. While there is no real evidence that supports turmeric being used as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, the specific effects by curcumin on amyloid-beta plaques could be a useful target for future investigations into potential treatments of the disease.
Painkillers: Like many traditional pharmaceuticals administered to manage chronic pain, the negative side effects of painkillers are an issue. Once again, curcumin steps up as a natural solution with none of the negative side effects.

The increase of popularity in turmeric based products has even gone as far as health cafés who now
feature golden turmeric lattes on their menu. Looks like there’s no time like the present to jump on the turmeric bandwagon. Your body will thank you for it.