Superfood Spotlight: Turmeric

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Superfood Spotlight: Turmeric

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The first time I heard about turmeric as a health supplement was after I tried many traditional methods to get some pain relief.

I used to have a lot of back pain in my shoulders from being on the computer all the time. I worked out, and that helped some, but it still got to the point where I had to end up going to a specialist and through rounds of physical therapy. The specialist basically said nothing was wrong with me structurally (after an expensive couple of doctor’s visits, an MRI, and several x-rays), but I just had a lot of inflammation.

I was put on Celebrex, a steroid, and some heavy duty pain medication. They helped, but I knew I wanted to get off the meds as soon as possible. I was way to young to be on so many medications, and I know being on them long-term is far from ideal.

Then, I found my naturopathic doctor, and he recommended turmeric/curcumin for natural pain relief. I tried it and it definitely helped to the point where I didn’t even need Tylenol or Advil anymore. That is why I am such an advocate for trying turmeric! 

What is turmeric?

Turmeric is a spice that is yellow in color. It is used often in curries and other spiced dishes. Its active ingredient is curcumin, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory. It has been used for many, many years for its medicinal qualities. In many studies, it has been shown to be more effective than prescription medications.

Why is turmeric considered a superfood?

There are many benefits to incorporating turmeric into your health routine. It is considered a superfood because:

  1. It is a powerful, natural antioxidant, which can reduce inflammation. To learn more about the reducing chronoic inflammation, check out this blog post. This can help slow the signs of aging,  educe the chance of heart disease, and lower pain levels in arthritis patients.
  2. Curcumin can increase human growth hormone levels in the brain. Lower levels are associated with Alzheimer’s, depression, and other issues.
  3. According to numerous studies, turmeric has been linked to the prevention and reduction of cancer cells in the body.

How do I incorporate turmeric into my health routine?

One easy way to incorporate turmeric into your health routine is to eat more foods with turmeric in them. But, it can be hard to get enough of the active ingredient, curcumin, in this manner. 

So, I tend to take it in a supplement form. I try to take 1500mg per day, and I look for one that includes bioperine, so that it is highly potent and absorbable. This is the turmeric supplement I use.

Have you tried turmeric? What did you think?

Jen

 

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