In one scientific study, 240 people considered to be pre-diabetic were chosen at random to either take a placebo pill or a 1.5g dose of curcumin on a daily basis. After nine months, 16.4% of those taking the placebo had gone on to develop type II diabetes (where the body cannot use insulin properly to keep blood sugar levels under control) whereas in the half that were given curcumin, none went on to develop the condition fully.
More studies are underway, but curcumin as a preventer of type II diabetes in pre-diabetic patients is an exciting area of research.
Turmeric has proven health benefits for those of us suffering Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, and chronic inflammatory bowel conditions such as Crohn’s Disease. But what about those of us without these conditions? Can it also help other digestive complaints? Well, of course it can! And, it turns out, in more ways than one…
Firstly, turmeric stimulates the gallbladder to release more bile. Bile is essential for breaking down and digesting the nutrients in our food. The longer our food stays undigested, the more sluggish our bowels become and we experience bloating, stomach cramps and gas. Turmeric also acts as a ‘carminative’ which helps to reduce the amount of gas the gut produces. An anti-flatulent, if you like…
Additionally, curcumin, the active compound in turmeric, has an ‘antispasmodic’ effect. This means that it has a relaxing, anti-spasm, effect on the smooth muscle that lines the bowel (and the uterus, therefore making it useful for women who suffer painful menstrual cramps). Sufferers of indigestion, gas and bloating, let’s hear a collective hurrah!
And finally, it tastes amazing!
The fact that turmeric has all of these amazing benefits is made even better by the fact it tastes amazing. Imagine a curry without turmeric? It would taste pretty bland and look pretty dull without its beautiful golden yellow colour.
If you’re thinking of using turmeric medicinally it’s important to talk to your doctor first if you’re on treatment for any disease or condition. We’d never advocate stopping any treatments without full medical support.
A quick final word on the ‘bioavailability’ of turmeric (how readily the body absorbs and uses it to its benefit). Eating a whole teaspoon of pure turmeric powder would not only be an unforgettable experience (for the wrong reasons), it wouldn’t be very bioavailable. But, we have the solution!
Consuming turmeric at the same time as good fats and black pepper makes it more bioavailable. Ginger also helps the absorption of turmeric and is from the same plant family so it provides similar protective health benefits.
A turmeric capsule with a meal full of good fats will really ensure you get your full, bioavailable dose. And if your meals lack healthy fats its easy to include them, just add some cold pressed olive or coconut oil.
We think turmeric really can be the medicinal food of the future and our mission is to make it easy for anyone to get their daily dose.
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