What is turmeric good for? A few of the popular questions asked.
What are the health benefits of turmeric?
Turmeric has been shown to have natural anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects1. It may, therefore, protect against many common and chronic health ailments, and has received much interest from the medical and scientific communities in recent years.
Studies of curcumin, the active compound found in turmeric, show that it can help with lowering cholesterol, improving blood sugar control, reducing the symptoms of anxiety, and many other positive effects1.
Some scientists suggest that the underlying problem in all of these conditions may be excessive inflammation. Inflammation can lead to a host of health concerns.
What is the difference between turmeric and curcumin?
Turmeric is a popular, yellow root spice, that has been used in cooking and as a traditional herbal medicine for thousands of years. Curcumin is the key active ingredient in turmeric, but is by no means the only one – turmeric contains other so-called curcuminoids, as well as turmerones and other compounds, thought to have health benefits.
Some studies suggest that turmeric may have benefits that curcumin alone does not, but more research is needed. Turmeric has lower potency as an anti-inflammatory than curcumin, especially when its bioavailability is enhanced through the extraction process.
People take turmeric for arthritis. Is this justified? What about turmeric for joints?
There is significant evidence to suggest that turmeric is effective in relieving the pain of arthritis1. Several studies have shown the anti-arthritic effects of curcumin in osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In fact, one study showed that 8 to12 weeks of supplementation with turmeric extract could reduce arthritis symptoms (mainly pain and inflammation) and result in similar improvements as with ibuprofen and diclofenac sodium (a widely prescribed arthritis treatment)1.
Is there a difference in effectiveness between turmeric powder and liquid forms?
Liquid presentations may have advantages over turmeric tablets, capsules or powders, but form is not necessarily the most important factor2. Since turmeric in its natural form is highly insoluble and poorly absorbed, the best formulation is the one that overcomes this problem. Novel solid and liquid delivery systems that address this challenge have been tried and tested2. Yellow Root Curcumin has finally succeeded in dramatically increasing curcumin solubility and bioavailability with its unique, innovative and patented C3 CuraTM Advanced Absorption Technology.
Are there any side effects of turmeric?
Curcumin has a long established record of being well tolerated1. This has been supported by several clinical trials 1. In very high doses, which go way beyond the recommended turmeric dosage, some people have reported headache, rash and gastrointestinal symptoms. But this is unlikely to be a problem in the normal course of events. As a general principle, always take supplements as you would a prescribed medicine – as recommended.
Is turmeric good for you?
In a word, yes! Turmeric and its derivatives may be effective in easing the symptoms of, and even preventing, a remarkable number of conditions1, including:
- Osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis
- Depression and anxiety
- Skin conditions, such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis
- Age-related chronic diseases
This is a broad topic, and there is a great deal of research on the subject that will reward closer study.