Turmeric is a bright orange spice which has been long used in Indian cuisine and Ayurvedic medicine. This super spice has numerous health benefits and here are nutritionist Kim Pearson’s top five:
Turmeric is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties but interestingly, it could also help support healthy digestive function. One study found that turmeric reduced symptoms of bloating and digestive discomfort in people suffering with IBS. In Germany turmeric is prescribed to those with digestive problems.
As we age our bodies can be prone to low grade inflammation – this has come to be known as ‘inflammaging’ due to it’s potential to speed up ageing processes. Curcumins are amongst the most well researched compounds in turmeric providing its well-known anti-inflammatory benefits. Curcumin protects our skin by quenching free radicals and reducing inflammation. It has also been shown to reduce wound-healing time and promote collagen synthesis. To get the maximum benefits of turmeric it should be consumed as a spray to avoid poor absorption in the gut when consumed orally.
3. Sun Protection
Turmeric has been shown to inhibit the formation of wrinkles in skin exposed to prolonged UV radiation. Research shows that wrinkle formation was reduced due to the lowering of molecules involved in collagen breakdown. Consuming Turmeric before your skin is exposed to the sun may also help to inhibit the process of communication between cells that could eventually lead to skin cancer.
Physical activity offers us a wide variety of health benefits including reduced risk of heart disease, reduced stress and fat loss to name just a few. However, by exercising consistently we are putting our bodies under stress and therefore we need to provide it with additional support when we work out. Supplementing turmeric has numerous benefits for those exercising. As well as promoting recovery and preventing free radical damage, studies have shown that turmeric may reduce fatigue during exercise and improve performance.
5. Liver Health
Our livers are constantly working hard, filtering our blood, producing bile essential for the digestive process and regulating our blood sugar level. Its work is essential for keeping us healthy.
Turmeric is reported to have the ability to protect the liver from damage. Animal studies have shown that mice fed curcumin, one of the active ingredients in Turmeric, suffered less liver damage over time compared with those on a normal diet. Curcumin has even been found to have a beneficial effect in the treatment of liver disorders.
What about the absorption issues?
However, the health benefits of turmeric are reduced significantly by poor absorption within the digestive system, where only an estimated 1% is actually absorbed into the body.
Heating turmeric or combining with black pepper or a source of fat; such as coconut oil, ghee or milk, have been noted to aid bioavailability, though this still does not combat the issue of poor solubility in the digestive system.
Instead, try using a supplement that completely bypasses the gut, like BetterYou’s Turmeric Oral Spray, which is specially formulated to be absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the mouth. Trials have shown that this method provides 4.5 times greater uptake of the active curcuminoids than digestive methods, meaning you get more of the good stuff.