What is Turmeric good for? Read the Reviews and 4 Key Health Benefits of Turmeric
Does turmeric serve as one of the best natural compounds for inflammation relief?
Unearth the wellness properties of this globally-renowned spice, as well as how adding ginger and black pepper can enhance its effects.
Posted by Nutravita, 11th April 2021
Turmeric has an impressively long history in medicine. It’s been used for close to 4,000 years, originating in Southeast Asia.
Studies have unravelled how turmeric may help with reducing inflammation, supporting cardiovascular health, and soothing symptoms of arthritis.
There’s no denying it. Turmeric threatens to coat your kitchen cookware in a distinct shade of Oompa-Loompa orange!
So, how can you avoid having to scrub away those nuisance stains and enjoy this ancient spice in supplement form? And even more importantly, what is turmeric good for when it comes to health?
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Let’s launch straight into the action and talk about turmeric!
A fragrant, golden spice for curries and stews?
Sure. Turmeric won’t let you down there. In fact, its documented use goes as far back as 4000 years to the Vedic Indian culture. The big question, however, is this...
Does turmeric actually have healing properties?
Well, get this…
The therapeutic role of turmeric and its key component, curcumin, have been examined in more than 50 clinical trials.
One thing’s for sure — it’s certainly in-demand in the labs!
But what is turmeric good for, exactly?
Let’s reflect on the science and outline seven noteworthy health benefits of turmeric and curcumin:
Inflammation gets a bad rep these days. In reality, we need some short-term inflammation to fight bacteria and infections.
When inflammation becomes chronic, though, it’s a problem.
Worryingly, long-term inflammation cycles have been linked with health dangers such as obesity.
Many people may experience pain as a result of inflammation in the body. The joints tend to be one of the areas that are particularly vulnerable to pain and swelling.
What’s exciting, though, is that the efficacy and safety of curcumin (the bioactive substance in turmeric) have been reviewed against anti-inflammatory drugs.
So? Is turmeric anti-inflammatory, after all?
Yes, it turns out it is…
Of the interventions trialled in the study, curcumin was said to be one of the most powerful anti-inflammatories they investigated.
This potentially serves as welcome news for those who are managing an inflammatory condition or disease, such as arthritis.
Ever dealt with a bad case of brain fog?
Then you’ll know the feeling of wanting to swap your brain and replace it with one that’s a little sharper and more alert!
Recent research shows that curcumin in turmeric can provide significant cognitive improvements, such as levels of attention.
To add to this, the 18-month, placebo-controlled trial revealed that curcumin has anti-amyloid effects.
Amyloid plaques are known to harm brain regions involved with memory and mood, so compounds that can slow this process may be valuable indeed.
According to WHO (the World Health Organization), cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death around the globe. Close to 18 million lives are lost per year due to this type of health issue.
But on a more positive note, take a look at this:
A study in the International Journal of Cardiology found that turmeric compounds can play a vital role in traditional medicine. How?
By protecting against certain cardiovascular complications, such as atherosclerosis.
A word of warning, though — cardiovascular health is a serious topic. You don’t need us to tell you that. But if you do have any concerns about your heart health, please make sure to speak with your GP or doctor.
No one wants to get old. To say otherwise would be a lie.
Sure, ageing is an inevitable part of life — but if there’s anything we can do to halt ageing prematurely, it might be worthwhile to keep an open mind. Agreed?
Curcumin may provide a glimmer of hope for its potential to improve the health status of elderly people.
The connection between increased inflammation and ageing is well-established in mainstream science. As is the link between curcumin and reduced inflammation.
So, just what impact can turmeric and its healthy, curcumin compound have? Is eternal youth on the horizon?!
Hmm… no, probably nothing as extreme as that! More studies are needed to delve deeper here.
Still, the researchers of this detailed paper on the role of curcumin in ageing conclude:
“The positive impact of curcumin on ageing cannot be neglected.”
Now we’ve established what turmeric is good for, the next question to address is:
How much should you consume each day to feel the good effects?
Here’s what the experts advise:
NWA Interventional Pain states that 500 to 2000 mg per day is the typical studied dose of turmeric in health interventions.
And the average Indian diet is thought to provide a daily amount of turmeric in the region of 2,000 mg.
But wait, there’s more…
The Arthritis Foundation includes curcumin (the compound in turmeric) as part of their list of supplements for treating arthritis symptoms.
They reference a study that found supplementing 1,000 mg of curcumin per day lowered pain and inflammation in those with osteoarthritis.
Reading the reviews of people who’ve bought turmeric capsules is one of the best ways to get a sense of a product's usefulness.
Case in point?
In a matter of just a few clicks, you can glance through tens or hundreds of customer reviews on Amazon.
As an example, consider the Organic Turmeric 1440 mg with Black Pepper and Ginger capsules. They feature 1300+ reviews on the Nutravita website and over 14,500 ratings on Amazon.
Of course, you’re welcome to read through the most recent or top reviews yourself.
But if you’d rather get a preview of what turmeric is good for and how it can benefit specific health issues, let’s see what customers are saying below:
Arthritis is, arguably, the health condition that turmeric is used for most often.
If you’re keen to make your joints feel more comfortable, you may be interested to view the Amazon reviews of these turmeric capsules:
Each serving of the Organic Turmeric with Black Pepper and Ginger capsules contains:
Over 300 of the customer reviews mention “arthritis” — including people who’ve taken the supplement to help with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis.
We can also see the number of customers who’ve referenced how the turmeric blend has assisted them to reduce their levels of pain, like so:
It’s one thing to find turmeric — that’s a simple enough task. But choosing a superior supplement with pure ingredients?
Hmm. This part isn’t so easy...
So, what should you be aware of when shopping online?
An essential feature to look out for is whether the turmeric supplement you’re browsing is registered as organic.
You may have wondered what “organic” means. Don’t worry — it’s a sensible question to ask!
In terms of farming, the consensus is that organic means producing food without artificial chemicals, fertilisers, or pesticides.
If you’re looking for an organic option, these Turmeric with Black Pepper & Ginger Capsules are sourced from India, where turmeric grows natively.
All of the Nutravita ingredients go through a series of quality checks, in order to gain the qualification to be certified as Organic by the Soil Association.
And is there anything else you should scout for when buying turmeric?
Well, there are two other important ingredients — ginger and black pepper.
Turmeric and ginger belong to the same family of flowering plants: Zingiberaceae.
Exotic name, I’m sure you’ll agree...
Nevertheless, Healthline states that ginger and turmeric are two of the most studied ingredients in herbal medicine.
But don’t forget to add black pepper to the mix as well. Why?
Finally, taking your organic turmeric capsules with some kind of fat may help with absorption into the bloodstream.
High-fat foods such as fish, nuts, olive oil, and avocado are all options in this regard.
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After reading today’s blog, hopefully you have a better idea of what turmeric is good for. The ancient history behind this flavoursome spice is certainly compelling. And, these days, it seems to be getting the recognition it deserves.
If you have any further questions about the health benefits of turmeric, or where to buy super blends with black pepper and ginger, feel free to reach out to the Nutravita support team.
Oh, and please do let us know how you get on with your turmeric supplement 🙂 We’d love to hear the results!
To healthier days,
Skip the coffee and opt for a healthier alternative with this Turmeric Latte recipe (also known as the golden milk), Plus it's the perfect companion to warm you up during the autumn and winter season whilst also keeping you healthy.
Native to Southeast Asia, turmeric has been used to soothe the joints and respiratory pathways. Its healing properties have also been applied to treat skin disorders.
Nowadays, turmeric is widely used as a dietary supplement for a range of health issues — including arthritis, digestive system disorders, and respiratory infections.
500-2000mg of turmeric is the generally recommended daily amount.
Less black pepper is required — around 20mg per day (taken at the same time as the turmeric) should be sufficient.
Turmeric contains a unique plant chemical called curcumin — which usually makes up around 2-8% of a turmeric dose.
Curcumin is well-regarded as a natural anti-inflammatory substance. Chronically elevated levels of inflammation have been linked to conditions such as cancer, dementia, and diabetes.
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Co-written by Declan Davey
Declan is a Health Copywriter with a professional background as an NHS therapist. His previous roles include work with mental health services and disability charities in London, UK.
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