Turmeric - The Benefits Everyone Needs to Know About!
Turmeric; the robustly flavoured spice with a rich golden colour to match, is making a comeback for Instagrammers and health gurus worldwide. At the moment there is a lot of talk about the incredible health benefits of getting the right amount of turmeric into your body every day. People are putting it in everything from their latte to their bathtub! It’s in salad dressings, smoothies and juices, it’s showing up in your chutney, your hummus, even as an addition to yoghurt! What even is it? Where did all this start and is it worth a closer look? We think it’s time to investigate this popular spice, to discover how it’s best to reap benefits from it and ask the all-important question. “What (if anything) does turmeric do for our health?”
Is It All Hype?
It’s easy to understand why we are quick to roll our eyes at every single health fad rolled out by hundreds of influencers or health “experts” trying to make a quick buck. It’s always a good idea to dig a little deeper when you are being offered ways to spend your money that come with outlandish claims of healing or life improvement that seem a little too good to be true. Unlike some other so-called “health supplements” making a comeback, this one isn’t a hoax! Turmeric is an ancient and popular spice whose use has been documented in ancient healing practices for over 4000 years in South Asia. 4000 years is a tad too long for a flash-in-the-pan trend, so what makes it so popular that it stands the test of time as a health supplement? Let’s investigate.
What Is Turmeric?
Turmeric, botanically known as Curcuma longa, is a flowering plant that barely reaches 90 centimetres tall and produces both a flower and a rhizome (a stem underground.) Found in the expansive open forests of India and some areas of Asia, evidence of its use has been discovered in New Delhi dating back as early as 2500 BC. Its place in these cultures as an important medicinal ingredient was set in stone by the ancient Indian style of natural healing known as Ayurveda, which is still widely practised today. Exactly what the ancient people of India and South Asia knew about turmeric is unclear but it was regularly used as a medicine, therefore it stands to reason that the benefits must have been quite noticeable. Modern scientists have figured out why, and now it’s making a huge comeback.
The Secret Ingredient
The taste of turmeric is a common addition in dishes across Asia and India, and it has become readily available on supermarket shelves to liven up any kitchen. The secret ingredient that makes turmeric - well, turmeric - is called curcumin, and it's the reason turmeric is so effective at supporting natural health. Curcumin is the substance that provides both the famous vibrant colour and the powerful properties that make it more than just a flavourful addition to our food. While most supermarkets now carry the powder on their shelves - and you may even come across the rhizomes whole in some health food markets - not everyone is a friend of the flavour. Good Vitamin Co. turmeric supplements mean that the whole family can reap the benefit of this fabulous supplement, even the picky eaters!
Support For Mobile and Flexible Joints
Turmeric and curcumin work together to support an active lifestyle so that you can keep doing more of what you love without worrying about achy joints. By adding turmeric supplements to your daily health support routine, you could gain back lost mobility. There is some evidence out there that by including this winning combo in your diet, you may be able to lessen the pain of psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and various other arthritic conditions. It’s a great way to support your training regime, and you may even be able to head off potential aches and pains by chewing on a gummy before you strap on your running shoes and hit the trail.
Your Heart, Liver, & Gut
Good Vitamin Co. turmeric soft chews are a popular supplement people are also using to give their cardiovascular function a boost - the liver could also benefit from the detoxifying properties of these deliciously chewable gummies. It’s thought in some circles that turmeric may even be strong enough to protect the liver from the toxicity of long term drug regimes for conditions such as diabetes, and there are some articles out there that recommend the benefits of turmeric supplements for aiding digestion. It seems the ancient Ayurvedics may have hit on something special when they began to use it as a medicinal treatment!
Moringa? Ever heard of it?
The Good Vitamin Co. Gummy Turmeric Supplements are also great for supporting your energy levels. This is because we add a little something extra - it’s called Moringa and each Gummy contains 20 mg. This stuff is crazy good, it’s found across Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and India and it’s a plant that has been used in these areas to offset several different conditions. Described as being good for anaemia, and also apparently used for anything from joint pain through to thyroid disorders, as a relief for menstrual cramps, ulcers, and high blood pressure, Moringa is best taken as an oral supplement. In India and Africa, this plant has even been used to combat malnutrition as it contains so many vitamins and minerals!
How to Get Your Daily Dosage of Turmeric?
While curcumin is a proven wonder of the natural world, the levels of it in your everyday turmeric powder are not high enough to reach the recommended intake by eating the spice as an additive in your food (unless you are pouring the stuff in! We do not recommend this!) Adding a turmeric tea or latte to your diet can’t hurt, but be wary of expecting the full effects and benefits from just adding a small amount of turmeric to your daily diet.
Curcumin is best absorbed into your body alongside black pepper and/or healthy fats. Without these two ingredients helping the curcumin along, it will be poorly absorbed into your bloodstream and you won’t feel the full benefits. While these tips will help you absorb the turmeric you put in your food more efficiently, you still will be hard-pressed to reach the recommended dosage to feel the full effects of curcumin from the spice all on its lonesome.
At Good Vitamin Co, we believe that everyone should be able to access natural supplements, which is why we have created our deliciously chewable range of supplements to support health for all ages. Our turmeric chew has a healthy dose of curcumin, buddied up with black pepper already inside the supplement for proper absorption. Best of all our tasty supplement chews which are naturally flavoured with lemon and ginger, so you can get your daily dose of turmeric without having to taste it. Our supplements are completely natural, so you get the full benefit of turmeric and curcumin without any nasty toxins on the side.