Lately, there has been a lot of talk about this beautiful orange root who’s main active ingredient is called curcumin. Can anyone guess what is is? You’ve got it, TURMERIC! Many people are turning to turmeric instead of commonly used anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen. Some of the common side effects of ibuprofen overdose include excessive bleeding and hemorrhage. It also poses the risks ranging from back pain to headaches and even difficulty breathing. I’ve used turmeric for years in my clients’ regimen. However, it is not new and has been used for centuries. Sadly, I often run out of it in my office!
There are many reasons to be consuming turmeric, most notably are curcumins ability to be anti-inflammatory and have anti-oxidant properties. But there’s more, turmeric has also shown that it contains anti-depressant, anti-coagulant, pain killing, cholesterol regulating, blood sugar stabilizing and anti-cancer properties! Who doesn’t want that? What most people aren’t aware of is that it is fat-soluble and is best absorbed in a liposomal form. It is also extremely beneficial when it is consumed with black pepper extract. This extract potentiates the turmeric and makes it 95% more bioavailable. If anyone is interested, I have a white paper that summarizes a great amount of studies regarding the importance of absorption and emulsification with turmeric.
How many people do you know who have arthritis, headaches, inflammatory bowel disease, high cholesterol, chronic inflammation, overweight, pain and even cancer? Study after study is showing the many benefits of adding turmeric to your daily diet. One such study done in 2009 by Biochemistry and Biophysical Research Communications out of Auburn University looked at supplementation with turmeric and how it can help reverse diabetes. Yes, REVERSE diabetes! This study revealed that the active ingredient curcumin in turmeric is 400 times more potent (NO, that is not a typo!) than Metformin (a common diabetes drug) in activating an enzyme called AMPK. This enzyme improves insulin sensitivity which can help reverse type 2 diabetes!
There are many more studies that prove the benefits of turmeric mentioned earlier. It can easily be added to breakfast, lunch and dinner meals. However, those with the ailments mentioned above require much higher doses and would benefit from supplementation. Sadly, our standard American diet does not include turmeric, but we can change that. Start your training your kids and the rest of your family now to add turmeric do your family dishes daily. Feel free to contact me if you are interested in proper supplementation.
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