If you have an issue, there’s a good chance that someone, somewhere, is studying whether turmeric can help. There are hundreds, if not thousands of published pages about curcumin, the beneficial component in turmeric.
One thing you may have considered turmeric for is inflammation. Inflammation is characterized by redness, swelling, excessive heat, pain, and loss of function.
Trouble is, the symptoms are very vague, sometimes chronic, and other times, acute, so many people just choose to live with the discomfort rather than trying to treat it. It doesn’t seem to be impacting quality of life enough to go on medication but they don’t know what else can be done or even truly what the underlying cause is.
What is Inflammation?
Inflammation is your body’s process of fighting against things that harm it, such as infections, injuries, and toxins, in order to heal itself. When cells become damaged, your body releases chemicals that trigger a response from your immune system.
This response includes the release of antibodies and proteins, and increased blood flow to the damaged area. The entire process typically lasts for a few hours or days if acute but can be significantly longer if the inflammation is chronic.
Chronic inflammation happens when the body's response drags on, leaving your body in a constant state of sending boots on the ground to try and tackle whatever it thinks is ailing you. Over time, chronic inflammation can have a significantly negative impact on your tissues and organs. Chronic inflammation has even been shown to lead to increased risk of certain cancers and asthma.
Not All Inflammation is Bad
Not all inflammation is bad, though. Many times, inflammation is a necessary process for our body and cells to heal. Inflammation is a reaction designed to protect our cells and tissues from further injury, and help to flush out toxins from our systems. Inflammation only becomes problematic when it is chronic.
Chronic and acute symptoms are typically very similar but chronic are usually much more subtle, and of course, last for a much longer time.
Thankfully, there is a natural way to help tackle inflammation: turmeric.
A Brief History of Turmeric in Medicine
Turmeric has been a trendy natural remedy in recent years but by no means is it a new discovery.
Researchers have found pots dating back to 2500 BCE with trace amounts of turmeric mixtures in them. That means that this root has been potentially used for medicinal purposes for over 4,500 years! It is believed that ancient Indian cultures inhaled fumes from burning turmeric to alleviate congestion, juice made from turmeric root was used on bandages for promoting healing of wounds, and turmeric paste soothed skin irritation. Not to mention turmeric in healing foods and teas across several different cultures.
As you can see, turmeric for medicinal purposes is far from a new discovery and its benefits extend far beyond an ingredient in your favorite curry recipe.
Turmeric and Inflammation
Curcumin, the main beneficial component in turmeric root, is a strong anti-inflammatory. Unfortunately, most curcumin that we get from food is nowhere near the amount we need to make an impact on inflammation, and most supplements with curcumin don’t have it in a bioavailable form for our bodies to actually be able to absorb and use.
This is where Turmacin® comes in.
Turmacin® is the first clinically-tested, water-soluble turmeric-derived compound that our bodies can actually use to combat inflammation. Best of all, its results are backed by clinical data that supports its ability to help reduce inflammation as well as improve joint mobility.
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Other Health Benefits of Turmeric
Clearly, turmeric -- in the right form -- packs a powerful punch when it comes to tackling inflammation. But, as we mentioned earlier, it’s been used for centuries around the world for much more, so what else can it do for you in its modern supplement forms?
Turmeric has been shown to support heart health, especially when it comes to helping in the management of healthy cholesterol levels.
In topical applications and within skincare products, turmeric can help to reduce the appearance of signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles.
Eating Away Inflammation
We’ve covered a lot about turmeric and inflammation, but there are a number of other natural ways we can actually eat our way to lower levels of inflammation through anti-inflammatory foods.
Here’s a few ideas to get you started:
- Eat more plants. Whole plant foods have the anti-inflammatory nutrients that your body needs. Eating a rainbow of fruits, veggies, whole grains and legumes is the best place to start.
- Focus on antioxidants. They help prevent, delay or repair some types of cell and tissue damage called oxidative stress. They're found in colorful fruits and veggies like berries, leafy greens, beets and avocados, as well as beans and lentils, whole grains, ginger, turmeric and green tea.
- Get your Omega-3s. Omega-3 fatty acids play a role in regulating some of your body's inflammatory pathways. Find these healthy fats in fatty fish like salmon, tuna, and mackerel, as well as smaller amounts in walnuts, pecans, ground flaxseed and soy.
- Eat less red meat. Red meat can be pro-inflammatory. Are you a burger lover? Aim for a realistic goal. Try substituting your lunchtime beef with leaner protein like chicken or pork, fish, nuts or soy-based protein a few times a week.
- Cut the processed stuff. Sugary cereals and drinks, deep-fried food, and pastries are all pro-inflammatory offenders. They can contain plenty of unhealthy fats that are linked to inflammation. But eating whole fruits, veggies, grains and beans can be quick if you prep ahead for multiple meals.
For thousands of years, turmeric has shown to support our health and wellness in more ways than one. Modern research continues on this powerful root and we seem to uncover more applications by the day. Even better, we’ve found ways to harness turmeric’s anti-inflammatory power in a way that makes it easier for our bodies to use it more efficiently with water-soluble Turmacin®.
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