The benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric has phytochemical compounds which provide it a distinct yellow color and warm/bitter flavour which is also responsible for its healing power.
Turmerics main active constituent is Curcumin 3-4% which is yellow coloring substance. In Ayurveda we believe that turmeric is best taken in its full form as there are other beautiful oils, fats, proteins and minerals in its full components that complement the curcumin. Many people do not absorb tablets well and the active constituents can pass right though. See advice below on how to take turmeric.
- Curcumin is very effective in inhibiting lipooxygenase and cyclooxygenase pathways.
- It is effective in treatment of both acute and chronic arthritis.
- Turmeric is a rich source of Manganese, Iron, Vitamin B6, Copper, Potassium, and Dietary Fiber.
Curcumin, the active and most beneficial constituent of Turmeric is a fat soluble substance. It has poor bioavailability and gastro-intestinal uptake when taken in raw form.
To increase absorption and bioavailability of Curcumin, ayurvedically we recommend to:
- Absorb it in our natural muscle and joint oil combined with beautiful Ayurvedic oils of organic black sesame seed, organic hemp, organic castor, jojoba & olive oils.
- Take Turmeric with milk, honey, pepper, or edible oil.
- Lightly cook it by heating it with milk or by adding it to curries (few minutes before you close heat).
- Consuming turmeric with pepper is especially useful as Curcumin combines with Piperine, which increases its absorption.