Turmeric Health Benefits

Turmeric is widely known as a spice and is a staple in curry dishes. The bright orange-yellow color gives a vibrant color to butters, cheese, and curry powder mixtures. However, the root of turmeric has a specific name, known as, curcumin. When taken orally, turmeric with curcumin can provide systemic health benefits.

Helps Lower Cholesterol

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in 2013, more than 103 million American adults have high cholesterol. People with high total cholesterol have approximately twice the risk for heart disease as people with ideal levels. Sure, you can take a prescription cholesterol lowering drug to lower your cholesterol. But if your looking for a natural alternative to lowering your cholesterol, try turmeric. Some clinical research suggests taking turmeric extract has been shown to reduce levels of total cholesterol, bad cholesterol, and triglycerides (1).

Helps Improve Symptoms of Osteoarthritis

The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis due to loss of cartilage of joints and underlying bony structure changes. The most common painful “problem areas” in the body affected by osteoarthritis is the knee, hip, and hand. More clinical research shows that turmeric extracts can help improve symptoms of osteoarthritis where the research participants reduced the usage of pain receiving drugs including NSAIDs. (2)

Helps with Itching

There are some underlying conditions which can cause itching on the skin, examples include: seasonal allergies, hay fever, eczema, diabetes, HIV/AIDS. More clinical research suggests taking a specific combination turmeric product containing curcumin plus extract from black pepper daily can reduce itching severity and improve overall quality of life (3,4).

Helps with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Crohn’s Disease

There is nothing more annoying than having IBS. It can make it hard to enjoy your favorite foods and social gatherings. Sometimes “flare-ups” can be brought on by anxiety, stress and foods. Preliminary research suggests turmeric can reduce IBS prevalence by 40-60% in healthy patients (5). A study suggests taking curcumin can reduce bowel movements, diarrhea, and abdominal pain (6).

Incorporating turmeric in your everyday life is made simple by taking a turmeric extract capsule. Our turmeric complex product, contains medicinal curcumins, turmeric, and black pepper extract to enhance the absorption within your body. Start seizing all the benefits of turmeric today!

 

References

  1. Pashine L, Singh JV, Vaish AK, Ojha SK, Mahdi AA. Effect of turmeric (Curcuma longa) on overweight hyperlipidemic subjects: Double blind study. Indian J Comm Health 2012;24(2):113-117.
  2. Belcaro G, Cesarone MR, Dugall M, et al. Efficacy and safety of Meriva, a curcumin-phosphatidylcholine complex, during extended administration in osteoarthritis patients. Alt Med Rev 2010:15:337-4
  3. Panahi, Y., Sahebkar, A., Amiri, M., Davoudi, S. M., Beiraghdar, F., Hoseininejad, S. L., and Kolivand, M. Improvement of sulphur mustard-induced chronic pruritus, quality of life and antioxidant status by curcumin: results of a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Br J Nutr 2012;108(7):1272-1279.
  4. Panahi, Y., Sahebkar, A., Parvin, S., and Saadat, A. A randomized controlled trial on the anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin in patients with chronic sulphur mustard-induced cutaneous complications. Ann.Clin Biochem. 2012;49(Pt 6):580-588.
  5. Bundy, R., Walker, A. F., Middleton, R. W., and Booth, J. Turmeric extract may improve irritable bowel syndrome symptomology in otherwise healthy adults: a pilot study. J Altern.Complement Med. 2004;10(6):1015-1018.
  6. Holt, P. R., Katz, S., and Kirshoff, R. Curcumin therapy in inflammatory bowel disease: a pilot study. Dig.Dis.Sci. 2005;50(11):2191-2193.
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