Turmeric – is it all hype?

Turmeric – is it all hype?

Turmeric seems to be the supplement buzz word of the moment! A member of the ginger family it is most commonly used to flavour and colour Indian dishes, This brightly coloured spice contains a yellow coloured chemical called Curcumin and it is this element that has all the super powers.

Curcumin is the main natural polyphenol (mainly natural molecules) found in Turmeric, it has been used as a medical herb in Asian Countries due to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, antimicrobial and anti-cancer properties.

These molecules have been shown to help target activity at a cellular level which has helped to support its health benefits. It has been shown to benefit inflammatory conditions, metabolic syndrome and pain. In addition, it has been shown to benefit the kidneys, although it has been shown to have countless therapeutic benefits most of these are due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Despite all of these benefits one of the major problems of ingestion is its poor bioavailablity (the proportion of the drug that enters the system) due to poor absorption. However in order to increase its bioavailability a known enhancer is black pepper and therefore adding agents like piperine to resolve this issue and create a curcumin complex.

Curcumin has received worldwide attention for its multiple health benefits, which appear to act primarily through its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory mechanisms. These benefits are best achieved when curcumin is combined with agents such as piperine, which increase its bioavailability significantly. Research suggests that curcumin can help in the management of oxidative and inflammatory conditions, metabolic syndrome, arthritis, anxiety, and hyperlipidemia. It may also help in the management of exercise-induced inflammation and muscle soreness, thus enhancing recovery and subsequent performance in active people. In addition, a relatively low dose can provide health benefits for people that do not have diagnosed health conditions.

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