Superfoods is the buzziest of buzz words in the world of nutrition, and one of the most popular of the bunch is turmeric. Renowned as a powerful natural anti-inflammatory this brightly hued herb has been used in Asian cultures for centuries.
Turmeric’s popularity has reached new heights over the past few years, but what many people don’t realize is curcumin a polyphenol found in turmeric is the real superhero. Curcumin has potentially disease reversing properties, in studies it has been observed to regulate inflammation, decrease cancer risk, support detoxification and suppress oxidation that has been associated with high blood pressure and several types of cardiovascular disease.
Many studies and people believe that the benefits of turmeric surpass the effects of certain drugs including anti-depressants such a Prozac, many pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs, diabetes drugs and cholesterol drugs and steroids.
Turmeric is now being studied extensively on it’s potential to improve chronic digestive problems including inflammatory bowel disease (IBS) and Crohn’s disease, arthritis symptoms and cognitive function.
So what does all of this mean for you? While you should never replace medication with a natural herb without consulting your doctor or a medical professional, turmeric is a great addition to your diet. Turmeric can easily be added to various dishes and seasonings and it is also available in pill form for those who prefer to supplement their diets with it. Two things to remember when including more turmeric in your diet:
- Turmeric is fat soluble – this means that it dissolves in fat. Taken without fat, your body will not reap the full potential benefits of it. This is why turmeric is best taken with meals.
- Black pepper helps to increase the bioavailability of turmeric by 1000%.
Unless taken in extremely high doses Turmeric has no known side effects. Potential side effects include:
-increased risk of bleeding
-uterine contractions in pregnant woman (it’s best if pregnant woman avoid supplementation)
-increased menstrual flow
Overall Turmeric is the real deal in the world of superfoods and nutrition but, like everything in life moderation is key. I love to add turmeric to my eggs, sauces and tea for an extra antioxidant boost. What is your favourite way to include turmeric in your diet? Let me know in the comments below
I hope that you have a fabulous day!