Traditionally used in India to clear up blemishes and provide a natural glow and radiance to the skin, turmeric has many other benefits that go well beyond its cosmetic appeal.
In recent years, this herb has gotten a lot of attention for its anti-inflammatory benefits, but few know of its ability to inhibit the growth of certain fungi and bacteria, making it a well-researched antibiotic. It's so strong that even MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), an antibiotic-resistant form of staph, has been successfully treated with it. More studies are underway, but you can learn more here.
As a detoxifier, turmeric helps increase bile flow which is instrumental in the breaking down of fats for absorption as well as eliminating waste products. Curcumin is the main active ingredient found in turmeric which attributes to it's antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
Benefits of Turmeric
- Antioxidant Properties
- Antineoplastic Properties (prevent or halt the growth of a tumor)
- Immune Balance
- Brain Function
- Lowered Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer, Alzheimer's, Depression, Arthritis
How to get the most out of your turmeric
Keep in mind the synergistic relationship of foods.
- Eat with fat. Curcumin is fat soluble so should be ingested with a fatty meal. It is also known to stimulate bile flow and production to aid in the breakdown of fats for better absorption in the body.
- Combine with black pepper. Unfortunately, curcumin is NOT readily absorbed into the bloodstream when ingested alone, but consuming black pepper along with it has been known to increase absorption by 2000 percent (1).