Turmeric (comprised of the compound curcmin) is an Indian/Southeast Asian substance that comes from the dried root of what is known as the ‘curcuma longa plant’. It is extracted and ground into what we know as that bright yellow powder (look out – it stains!)
According to multiple peer reviewed articles on the subject, there are several chemical compounds found in turmeric, known as curcuminoids that make it one of the most potent anti inflammatory and antioxidant substances ON EARTH.
Tell me some more benefits:
Alleviates pain and reduces overall inflammation in the body
All natural skin remedy (helps with psoriasis and inflamed skin (acne) etc.)
Boosts brain-derived neurotrophic factor (aka makes you smarter and more focused).
Used as natural healing remedy for just about EVERYTHING in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine.
DYK: Chronic inflammation in the body is the cause for 90% of chronic diseases (think: osteoarthritis, type 2 diabetes, asthma, allergies, brain fog, joint pain, digestive problems etc.) We’ve all heard that buzzy word “anti-inflammatory”, but what does it really mean? Here’s the scoop: too many antibiotics and processed foods can cause you to have what’s commonly called ‘leaky gut’ or gut wall permeability which allows food molecules (aka strangers) seeps into your bloodstream. Cue the immune system army sending out inflammation molecules to kill those foreign objects. When this happens, the body is in a constant ‘inflammatory’ state and creates downstream issues like the ones just noted. Curcumin can help alleviate the levels of inflammation (along with kicking the processed foods to the curb).
Where can I get it?
The turmeric root can be bought at any local grocery store and we recommend the spice/capsules linked at the bottom of this post.
WTR Tip: – avoid buying turmeric made as a “proprietary blend” as this doesn’t tell you how much turmeric you are actually getting (likely not very much). Check the ingredient label for high potency.
How can I incorporate it?
You can add the spice as a seasoning to just about anything, or drink the ever popular turmeric latte. If grabbing a latte, make sure the milk is full fat milk, pasteurized and not filled with hormones and added sugar, obviously. You can also take in capsule form as a natural remedy method to reduce inflammation in the body (hangover, migraine, soreness etc.) Always a better choice over Advil!
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