In recent years, Turmeric has been promoted from just a humble ingredient in curry dishes to taking its place on the menu of most hipster cafes and on the priority order list of natural health practitioners. In this article, I'm going to tell you more about its absorption, other health benefits and promising research on Turmeric.
Turmerics Origin and active constituent
With its signature brown skin and bright orange flesh, turmeric is derived from the Curcuma longa plant. It belongs to the group of oldest cultivated spice plants that grow in Asia and Central America.
The active ingredient in turmeric is Curcumin, which gives turmeric its distinctly golden colour. Turmeric gives flavour and beautiful colour to many interesting dishes like Turmeric Latte (also known as Golden Milk), smoothies, soup and scrambled eggs/tofu.
Health benefits of Turmeric
Curcumin, the active ingredient of Turmeric, has valuable medicinal properties. It is currently being extensively researched and evaluated to discover the health benefits and ensure optimal absorption and bioavailability. Turmeric has traditionally been used to relieve symptoms of mild osteoarthritis however thanks to the research it has been discovered that Turmeric is highly beneficial for:
Reducing inflammation in the gut lining therefore supporting leaky gut
- Promoting good digestion and a healthy microbiome
- Having antioxidant properties
- Supporting liver function
- Generally, supporting inflammation
- Relieving sore muscles after exercise
The latest research on Turmeric
The concentration of Curcumin is high in the intestines after taking it orally which means that it has a direct beneficial effect on your gut microbiota and gut lining. Animal studies show that the administration of curcumin significantly shift the ratio between beneficial and pathogenic bacteria by increasing the abundance of Bifidobacteria, Lactobacilli, and butyrate-producing bacteria and reducing the loads of pathogenic bacteria.
These changes in the gut bacteria shows that Curcumin has immune supportive and modulating actions as well. Human studies have shown that there is a significant beneficial effect on the abundance of the gut bacteria. This is very promising research and I’m looking forward to more human studies on the effect of curcumin on our gut bacteria.
Adulteration of Turmeric
In its powdered form, turmeric is more susceptible to being mixed to lower cost ingredients such as chalk, starch and synthetic dyes. When you use turmeric in your cooking make sure you buy organic, quality and genuine turmeric root.
Turmeric in supplement form
Due to its increased popularity, turmeric and curcumin are used in many different supplements and while it has an immediate beneficial effect on the gut lining, the absorption of curcumin into your circulation may not always be optimal. It is therefore important to make the right choice, for your health, with the type of turmeric supplement you are going to use. If you are interested in further information on taking an industry-first bioavailable and high strength turmeric supplement, please contact me via email or my contact form.
Enjoy experimenting in the kitchen!