Turmeric is a spice, derived from the root of the turmeric (Curcuma longa) plant. Curcumin is the yellow-colored primary active constituent derived from turmeric and is commonly used to color foods and cosmetics. The rhizome (root) of turmeric has long been used in traditional Asian and Ayurvedic medicine to treat gastrointestinal upset, arthritic pain, and “low energy.” In fact, it’s use in Indian and Chinese cultures dates back thousands of years.
Some of the reported benefits of Turmeric are:
- Boosts antioxidant protection against free radicals
- Helps promote healthy skin
- Provides immune system support
- Aids in joint health
- Encourages healthy liver function
- Balances the health of your digestive system
- Helps maintain blood sugar levels already within the normal range
And that’s just a few of the potential benefits of this amazing spice!
While purchasing turmeric powder in bulk form to use in cooking is a great idea, you probably won’t use it every day. To get the daily benefits of turmeric, it’s best to get it in supplement form.
It’s very important to be picky when selecting a turmeric supplement. You want to make sure that you’re getting the fullest spectrum of beneficial phytonutrients in as natural a form as possible. Just running to the grocery store and grabbing a turmeric supplement won’t ensure that you’re getting all of the healthful benefits.
We typically recommend Turmeric Force by New Chapter. This product provides turmeric in its natural “whole food” form and delivers a super-pure, super-potent herbal extract. We also love that it’s non-GMO verified and naturally gluten-free.
Millions of people use turmeric every day, benefiting from its amazing health promoting properties. Consider adding it to your healthy lifestyle.
Michael Lenz RPh, is a partner in Fallon Wellness Pharmacy of Saratoga. He has over 15 years experience in custom compounding. Michael has received extensive training in Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) and Adrenal Fatigue. He is an advocate for healthy eating and proper nutritional supplementation, and speaks frequently on the subjects of hormone health, nutrition and wellness. Michael is currently enrolled in the Institute For Functional Medicine’s Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner Program. He lives in Saratoga Springs, NY with his wife and 4 children.
sources: mercola.com; naturalstandard.com