Turmeric has been used for centuries to heal many illnesses and prevent others. There are places in the world where the staple diet includes turmeric daily. The health concerns we have in the United States are not prevalent in these areas. Why? Maybe it is turmeric.
Turmeric is difficult for the body to absorb. You might get five percent of what you need from adding a capsule of it to your daily pill regimen. However, add black pepper extract, piperine, to your turmeric and you gain exponential results.
Recently Kraft Foods changed their Mac & Cheese coloring from a food dye to turmeric. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had a fit. The FDA does not test foods, herbs, spices, etc. These are natural products in our environment. Kraft advertised that they were now added ‘no artificial colors, preservatives or dyes’. For whatever reasons, the FDA continues to ban turmeric for any medicinal or health claims.
The Journal of Phytotherapy Research studies of turmeric posted that turmeric reduced pain by 60%. The Journal of American Diabetes Association claims that its tests proved that turmeric was 100% successful in controlling blood sugar problems. A major California university test turmeric and found that it reversed memory loss in six months. Medical News Today published a study that said turmeric released anti-inflammatory power to throughout the body. WebMD stated that turmeric helps keep our arteries clear.
Inflammation is the genesis of nearly every disease. Control inflammation and you control your health. Turmeric has been shown to reduce and control inflammation. It does it by deactivating the inflammatory gene NF-kappa B. Turning that gene off shuts down the inflammatory process. Animal studies have proven that turmeric does shut down inflammation throughout the entire body.
If you are buying turmeric in a bottle, make sure it contains piperine. If you use turmeric in its natural state (see photo above), add lots of black pepper. I use a serrated knife to peel off the skin of natural turmeric. Wear gloves if you don’t want yellow fingers for a couple of days. I dice turmeric and add it to many dishes. It is very inexpensive buying it whole. Some of the major food chains are now carrying it.
Want a great supplement that costs next to nothing and weighs nearly as much, consider turmeric as a staple in your dietary options. Your health may see significant improvement.