For thousands of years, the turmeric plant has been used for everything from its vibrant golden-orange color, to its healing properties. Today, we’d like to take a moment to get up close and personal with this ancient root, and talk about exactly what makes it so versatile – and what keeps it one of our best selling products.
Turmeric is a perennial plant that is part of the ginger family, and like many of the other supplements we have discussed, is native to southern Asia. The edible part of turmeric is in its chunky roots. When used in cooking or as a supplement, the roots are boiled for over half an hour, and then dried in an oven. Eventually they are ground into the colorful powder we are more familiar with.
Non-Medicinal Uses Of Turmeric
Turmeric powder is a staple ingredient in many Asian, Southeast Asian, and Middle Eastern culinary dishes, including curries, soups, rice dishes, and teas. Like ginger, turmeric can also be used raw. Additionally, turmeric is often used in the textile industry in Indian and Bangladeshi garments, specifically saris and Buddhist monks’ robes.
Turmeric’s Use In Traditional Medicine
For thousands of years, turmeric has been used in traditional medicine to treat everything from the common cold to indigestion to liver problems, as well as being used topically to treat wounds. As modern society becomes more aware of medicinal uses to turmeric, more studies continue to arise that show potential for this herb in treating several ailments.
The Science Of Supplements
Turmeric supplements used for medicinal purposes are different than just the turmeric spice. The healing part of the supplement is the extract curcumin, which in turmeric spice only makes up about 3 percent of the powder. For supplements, we extract the healing curcumin, and provide it at 95 percent. This is why reaping the benefits of turmeric takes more than a trip to the spice aisle at your grocery store.
However, the bloodstream has a hard time absorbing curcumin. For that reason, WiseLifeNaturals offers supplements that contain black pepper extract, or piperine. This black pepper extract has been proven to increase the body’s availability to absorb substances.
What Can Turmeric Supplements Do For Me?
For natural health remedies, many people turn to turmeric, and for good reason. Turmeric is most often used as an anti-inflammatory aid. Curcumin has been shown in studies to block a certain molecule that is believed to be responsible for causing inflammation. This molecule, known to scientists as NG-kB, is believed to be the root of many chronic diseases. Turmeric supplements have also been shown in one recent study to improve symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis better than even anti-inflammatory drugs. Various other studies have been done about turmeric’s use in treating depression, cancer, and brain disease, but your doctor should be consulted before using turmeric supplements for these purposes.
Why It Is Important To Know Where Your Turmeric Comes From
The spice market can actually be incredibly lucrative. Turmeric, often sold from distributors by weight, has been known to be tampered with by cutting turmeric potentially toxic powders, such as lead oxide – which could be spotted by the “turmeric” having more of a red than a gold-orange color. Other sources of turmeric have been known to enhance the color of the powder with a dye called “acid yellow 36” – a dye that has been deemed illegal by the British Food Standards Agency. For this reason, it is important to be careful where you buy your turmeric. Turmeric that is suspiciously less expensive than competitors should probably be avoided, or purchased with extreme caution. WiseLifeNaturals only sells turmeric that is all-natural, non-GMO, and free of artificial colors, flavors, and sweeteners.
Choose Wise Life Naturals For Your Natural Turmeric Supplements
At WiseLifeNaturals, we have several turmeric supplements available. Our turmeric curcumin extract supplements can be used as a natural health remedy as a supplement for joint health, or as natural anti-inflammatory remedies, and more. Get yours today!