All About Turmeric

Three things should come to mind when you hear the word “Turmeric:” anti-inflammatory, bright orange and golden milk latte. At least those are the three things I think of! Let’s dive a little deeper into the wonderful bright orange world of Turmeric!

WHAT IS IT?

Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) is a root (rhizome) and is a member of the ginger family. It has a beautifully bright orange colour and an astringent flavour. Turmeric has been a staple spice in Indian and Asian cooking. It has medicinal properties as an antibiotic and it is an excellent anti-inflammatory herb!

TURMERIC VS. CURCUMIN

Turmeric is the root as a whole while Curcumin is a curcuminoid polyphenol found in turmeric. In short, curcumin is the most active form found in turmeric. 

BENEFITS

Turmeric helps prevent inflammation by lowering the level of messaging molecules that trigger the inflammation. It also lowers levels of nitric oxide and helps increase bile flow; overall helping to boost the immune system and support liver health.

— USES

Cooking Use: Add it in your veggies, soups, sauces, dressings, juice, hot drink, chocolate, really…the sky is the limit with this golden spice!

I personally love adding it in my quinoa, dressing and of course, the ever popular Golden Milk Latte. If you don’t want to make it from scratch, I have found that Botanica Golden Milk has been the best tasting and super easy to make. 

Medicinal Use: anti-inflammatory, antitumor, antibiotic, arthritis, detoxifier, indigestion

SUPPLEMENTS

With my chronic neck, lower back, right leg and foot pain, I have tried many turmeric supplements. These are my top three recommendations for supplementation as I have found them to be the most effective from my own experience.

Botanica Turmeric Liquid Capsules
– Uses the whole turmeric root
– Maximize absorption
– Helps modulate inflammatory pathways that affect he heart, joints, liver, and cellular health
– Convenience of a capsule with no aftertaste

New Chapter Turmeric Force
– Uses the whole turmeric root
– Maximize absorption
– Helps body maintain healthy inflammatory response
– Also supports cardiovascular health and cognitive function
– Dissolves quickly and is absorbed well

Purica Curcumin
– Quickly alleviates inflammation
– Relieves joint pain
– Enhances detoxification, promotes skin health, balances cholesterol, regulates blood sugar and helps prevent blood clots. Also boosts brain function.
– 30% bisdemethoxycurcumin (BDMC), compared to the 1% BDMC found in regular curcumin extract
– BDMC improves curcumin stability and bioavailability and prolonged survival in blood



Potential Side Effects: Do not take high amounts during pregnancy. Use with caution if you have gallstones.

For those suffering from chronic pain, I also highly recommend Zyflamend by New Chapter. It is a whole body pain reliever. I can’t go a day without this too! (And when I tried going without it, I felt more pain). It also has Turmeric in it but I take this in addition to a double dose of turmeric supplement. 

Please consult a healthcare practitioner to help you find the right dosing for you! I am just sharing what I do to keep the pain manageable so I can live my day to day life. I hope this has helped you! If  you have any questions at all, please leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to respond! 

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