You can’t travel very far down the herbal remedy rabbit hole without bumping into turmeric. This flowering plant that is a member of the ginger root family has long been used in holistic medicine to treat numerous ailments.
If you’re considering incorporating the use of turmeric in your health stack, you’re in the right place. We’ll explain what turmeric is, what turmeric is good for, and give you some basic dosing guidelines for maximum benefit.
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric, like ginger, is a flowering plant with a thick, long root that resembles a root vegetable. The root of the turmeric plant is harvested and ground into a fine, yellow powder and used as both a seasoning for food and as an herbal supplement.
Turmeric is what gives curry its traditional yellow color. It is earthy in flavor, with a slight pepperish taste.
What is Turmeric Good For?
Aside from providing food with a savory, distinctive flavor, turmeric is also used as a medicinal herb. Although it’s been used for centuries, science now backs the theory that turmeric contains medicinal properties.
Here are some of the ways you can use turmeric for health benefits.
The most important and prevalent compounds in turmeric are curcuminoids. There are numerous different curcuminoid compounds in turmeric, but a particular one called curcumin seems to have soothing effects that provide comfort for aches and pains.
Curcumin can help soothe sore muscles, provide relief of aching joints, and even help dissolve pressure associated with tension in your head and body.
The curcumin content of turmeric is low when consumed in food, so in order to get the most benefit, you’ll need to consume turmeric in supplement form. Curcumin can also be difficult for your body to absorb, so consuming it along with black pepper can assist in absorption.
Helps Fight Free Radical Damage
Your body is constantly fighting free radical damage. Some free radical damage happens naturally, within your own body. However, most free radical damage comes from external sources such as:
- Ultraviolet rays from the sun;
- Cigarette smoke (from cigarettes you smoke and secondhand smoke)
- Pollution like smog
- Household cleaning supplies
Free radical damage is thought to be one of the primary factors for premature aging and some diseases. A free radical is an unbalanced molecule that has only one electron. It searches for healthy molecules that have a pair of electrons so that it can steal an electron from them.
When this happens, the cell where the molecule lives becomes damaged. In order to fight against free radical damage, your body needs antioxidants.
Antioxidants are your cells’ shield against free radicals. They offer up one of their electrons to the intruding free radical so that the free radical does not attack your cell. That’s why we have skin-soothing, sun-protecting turmeric in WTHN’s first beauty blend, Forever Young, for glowing, healthy skin.
Not only is curcumin a powerful antioxidant capable of defending your cells against free radical attacks, it also increases your body’s own ability to produce antioxidant enzymes, giving your cells double the antioxidant fighting power against free radical damage.
Turmeric helps support heart health by strengthening the walls of your blood vessels. As we age, our bodies become weaker, and our cells become more fragile. This translates into tissues that are more fragile, which make up organs that begin to slow down and eventually fail.
One of the leading causes of heart disease is consistent high blood pressure. Turmeric helps support healthy blood pressure by encouraging the proper function of blood vessels, which helps your blood pressure remain balanced.
Many brain health related disorders are related to the decrease of a hormone called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). Turmeric helps support healthy levels of BDNF which can help improve brain function.
Taking turmeric daily may help boost your brain cells and help you feel sharper and more focused. It may also help improve your memory.
Helps With Stress and Improves Mood
No one likes feeling stressed or down, but for many, those feelings are a fact of life. Turmeric can help support your mood, boosting your brain’s ability to release serotonin and helping you avoid feelings of stress and worry.
How Much and How Often Should You Take Turmeric?
Turmeric must be taken in higher amounts to experience the benefits of the curcuminoids it contains.
To begin, you may consider taking a daily regimen of turmeric to improve your overall health, support your heart and brain function, relieve tension, and help soothe everyday aches and pains.
Turmeric is generally well tolerated by most, but it’s best to start with a low dose to make sure your body tolerates it and you don’t experience any side effects.
Begin by taking between 400-500 milligrams of turmeric per day. Be careful to read the label of your supplement and make sure that your supplement contains at least 95% curcuminoids. If not, find a brand that contains a purer form of this extract.
As your body tolerates and depending on your need, you can increase your dosage of turmeric to 500 milligrams three times a day.
Other Sources of Similar Relief
If you are looking for similar relief but cannot take turmeric, you can use other supplements that contain natural herbal remedies.
WTHN offers a wide variety of herbal supplements that can help you with:
We believe the body is fully capable of healing itself, and we offer herbal supplements that help boost your body’s ability to heal, restore, and feel better naturally, without interference.
Our supplements are non-GMO, vegan, gluten, soy, dairy, and sugar free. That means you can feel good about the choice to use supplements from WTHN to help feel better and support your overall wellness. You can live better and feel well with supplements from WTHN.