It turns out turmeric is just as amazing as its trademark vibrant yellow hue. Its active ingredient – curcumin – is responsible for the color and its anti-inflammatory abilities. According to the Mayo Clinic, one study reports that when turmeric extract was taken three times daily, it was comparable to taking 1200mg of Ibuprofen daily!
Curcumin has been shown to reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, especially swelling of the joints and morning stiffness.
Ongoing research is exploring the use of curcumin in other disease states such as Crohn’s, cancer, depression, diabetes, joint pain, irritable bowel syndrome, heart disease, and neurodegenerative diseases.
While the actual turmeric spice is anti-inflammatory, the curcumin is activated by black pepper.
Black pepper contains piperine and when it is combined with turmeric/curcumin, it increases the body’s ability to absorb curcumin up to 2000%. Incredible! No wonder turmeric has been used in medicine for over 4,000 years 😊.
- It is best to take turmeric with food- it can increase stomach acid production.
- Maximum daily dose depends on tolerance and provider recommendations, but the recognized limit is 8000mg daily.
- Biggest side effect is stomach upset.
- In high enough doses, it can act like a blood thinner.
- Always consult with your healthcare provider before taking any new supplements.
As always, quality of the supplement matters. Our BioTurmeric is third party tested and pharmaceutical grade so I encourage you to give this a try for your anti-inflammatory needs.
Fresh Turmeric Tea Recipe with Many Benefits
Fresh turmeric tea is another way to enjoy the benefits of this incredible spice. Follow these simple steps for a cup of nourishing, anti-inflammatory tea:
- Cut a 2-inch piece of turmeric root into thin slices (or use 2 teaspoons turmeric powder). Be mindful when working with turmeric as the yellow pigment can stain countertops, cutting boards, and clothes.
- Bring water to a boil in a pot and add the sliced turmeric, lowering to a simmer for five minutes or so.
- Strain the mixture and enjoy with your favorite garnish like lemon or honey.
- You can also add other ingredients to your tea prior to warming. Try lemon, fresh ginger, honey, a cinnamon stick, or a few twists of coarsely ground black pepper (which can help increase your body’s ability to absorb turmeric’s beneficial compounds).