Aka The Golden Goddess in India, this remarkable spice stands truthfully to its rising popularity among the western part of the world.
Research after research has just been proving why the main ingredient in curry plays such a big role not only in Indian cuisine but also as a medicinal herb in Ayurveda. Above ginger, garlic, cinnamon and ginseng, turmeric is the most powerful herb at fighting and potentially reversing disease.
Curcumin – the main active in turmeric which gives its yellow bright colour – can be eaten, drank, applied directly to the skin and in cuts and burns.
Turmeric’s benefits equal conventional drugs in many cases but overcoming the results for being a natural source of health. It has also a great impact on the brain health:
- Elevate levels of dopamine and serotonin, thus an effective ingredient in treating depression
- Promotes the growth of new neurons, fighting and possibly reversing degenerative brain processes and age-related matters.
Despite all of its wonders, curcumin is poorly absorbed into our bloodstream unless taken in large doses, as studies have shown. To pump up the bioavailability it’s helpful to include black pepper in your daily intake; even just a pinch can significantly boost the digestion. Also, when eaten with healthy fats like cooked with coconut, ghee or olive oil, it is directly absorbed into the bloodstream through the lymphatic system, effectively assimilating all of its benefits.
You will come across many versions in capsules, which may seem more practical but not as effective as the real deal as it doesn’t reach all tissues in the body. Hence, it won’t guarantee a proper absorption and digestion of all the nutrients into your system. Always prefer the natural version instead for long lasting health benefits.
Enjoy to the maximum this incredible spice whenever possible and notice the difference it will make in your health.
Now I would love to hear from you if/how you use turmeric day to day and also any comments and suggestions you may want to add.