Turmeric has multiple benefits to support the body to achieve optimal health with recent research showing the significant benefits turmeric can have on skin health, inflammation within the body and supporting our natural immunity. Used in ancient medicines for centuries and loved by scientists and nutritionists, plus with new trends of how to make the perfect turmeric latte and the benefits of a daily turmeric shot, we want to share why we love turmeric and how you can get your daily fix.
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is a traditional culinary spice that comes from the root of Curcuma longa species and is what traditionally gives curry its rich, yellow colour. The main natural polyphenol found in Turmeric, curcumin is a powerful and antioxidant-rich chemical. The bright yellow colour from its potent curcumin content can take credit for the majority of turmeric’s health benefits and increases with its bioavailability in the body – meaning the higher the curcumin content, the richer in colour.
One of turmeric’s biggest claims to fame is its ability to fight inflammation that is often identified in chronic diseases such as arthritis, obesity and inflammatory skin conditions such as inflammatory acne. Introducing a potent turmeric supplement can aid in the fight against inflammation, both acute and chronic, reducing the risk of developing certain conditions or helping to manage the symptoms in those who already suffer from them.
Turmeric has been shown to aid in reducing inflammatory conditions, according to research. It may also support muscular repair following exercise-induced inflammation, improving future performance in physically active individuals and increasing muscle repair.
Turmeric Benefits for Skin
The beauty secret of India for centuries, with its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric reduces redness and inflammation whilst supporting the skin’s natural defence system in skin conditions such as acne and atopic eczema.
Recent research has also shown that turmeric is high in Vitamin C, supporting the production of collagen and elastin in the skin and contributing to a healthy, youthful glow. Research has also shown curcumin to have a beneficial impact on:
- Reducing breakouts
- Reducing dark circles
- Fighting free radical and sun damage
- Improving acne scarring
Although advised to take internally, traditional beauty rituals demonstrate the potential benefits of using turmeric as a face masks for supporting wound and acne scar healing. Just a heads up, it may turn your skin yellow if using topically, so patch test before use!
So whether you add a daily turmeric shot to your morning routine, take a turmeric supplement or make yourself a DIY turmeric face mask – your skin is sure to thank you for it.
Benefits of Turmeric and Black Pepper
In order to get the true benefit of this loved culinary spice, turmeric should be taken with black pepper for optimal absorption so opting for a supplement formulated with Bioperine (the compound of black pepper) boosts your bioavailabilty. Similarly, the most effective way to take turmeric is in the liquid form as this is in its most bioavailable form, so opting for a fresh Turmeric Juice, Turmeric Latte or Turmeric Shot will optimise your intake.
Fushi’s Fresh Pressed Turmeric Juice is made entirely from raw, in-season turmeric. Sustainably sourced in India, this potent super juice, made using natural preservatives, no added water or flavours, is a powerful supplement to protect and promote everyday vitality with its high Curcumin content.
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Eleanor Hoath NT mANP mBANT - Nutrition Therapy Practitioner