The Amazing Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin
Updated: Jun 26, 2020
Turmeric has become a star of the spice world and it’s reputation continues to grow as further studies prove its amazing health benefits. Specifically it’s most active ingredient Curcumin has gained considerable attention as studies show it is the driving force behind turmeric's powerful properties. Your Bodhi specialises in Natural Turmeric Curcumin and provides one of the highest quality products on the market.
What is turmeric?
Everyone has heard of Turmeric, ‘the golden spice’. The turmeric root has been used in Indian cuisine and traditional Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years and it is famous for its vibrant yellow colour.
Turmeric, scientific name ‘Curcuma longa’, is a member of the ginger family and grows in warm, humid conditions.
Research has shown that turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which can support brain and gut health and a healthy immune system.
What is curcumin?
Turmeric is made up of bioactive compounds, collectively known as curcuminoids. Curcumin is the primary curcuminoid and the most active ingredient in turmeric. Many studies have shown that it is the curcumin that is responsible for many of the health benefits associated with turmeric.
Turmeric contains around 3% curcuminoids. Therefore one teaspoon of turmeric powder (about 5,000 mg) only provides about 150 mg of curcuminoids.
What is turmeric good for?
Turmeric and curcumin have a range of amazing benefits, which include:
1. Fighting inflammation
Inflammation is part of the body’s healing process. However chronic inflammation can cause many diseases and health conditions .Studies have shown that curcumin can suppress pro-inflammatory signalling, which gives it powerful anti-inflammatory effects.
These anti-inflammatory properties mean that turmeric and curcumin may help those with inflammation based conditions, from IBD and arthritis to eczema and can support muscle recovery.
2. Immune support
A strong and healthy immune system is essential for your body to fight invaders, such as viruses, bacteria, and foreign bodies.
Studies have shown that turmeric contains excellent anti-oxidant, anti-viral and anti-microbial properties, which can help to support a healthy immune system. Research also shows it can help to modulate different signalling molecules which are essential for the functioning of a healthy immune system.
3. Supporting brain health
Our brains are the most amazing part of our bodies but brain health often gets overlooked until there are some sort of changes in older age.
Curcumin has been shown to boost both memory and cognition. It has also been shown to increase the brain hormone BDNF which helps to improve the function of neurons by encouraging their growth as well as strengthening and protecting them.
Some findings have also suggested that curcumin may be able to prevent the formation and even break up amyloid-beta plaques, the toxic protein clumps that build up in Alzheimers disease.
4. Supporting Gut health
Our gut health is not just important for digestion. A healthy gut supports the immune system and contributes to general health and wellbeing.
Studies have shown that curcumin can have positive effects on human gut microbiota, reducing intestinal inflammation, as well as supporting diverse gut bacteria which supports a strong immune system.
5. Reducing joint pain
Inflammation in the joints can be very painful, causing swelling and restricting movement.
Studies have shown that turmeric and curcumin’s powerful anti-inflammatory properties may reduce joint pain and tenderness, cartilage degeneration and joint inflammation.
In particular, research has shown that curcumin can reduce pain and improve physical function in patients with arthritis.
Turmeric and black pepper
One thing to note is that turmeric and therefore curcumin are poorly absorbed by the human body. Pairing turmeric with black pepper extract known as piperine can increase the bioavailability and absorption. Proper absorption of turmeric has been shown to enhance curcumin absorption by up to 2,000%
Why should you choose Your Bodhi’s Natural Turmeric Curcumin?
Your Bodhi has one of the strongest products on the market with 495mg of curcumin per capsule. The amount of curcumin per capsule can vary significantly between brands
Your Bodhi curcumin includes 5mg of piperine per capsule to increase the absorption
You Bodhi curcumin is fully Vegan and gluten free
There are no added ingredients such as thickeners, binders or colouring
Your Bodhi curcumin is manufactured to Good Manufacturing Practice standards, ensuring that everything is made to the highest quality
Find out more on why Your Bodhi’s Natural Turmeric Curcumin is the best on the market here