Turmeric is a well-known spice of Indian cuisine which is becoming increasingly appreciated for its many health benefits, from being a potent anti-inflammatory to digestive, heart and liver health.
What is turmeric?
Part of the ginger family, turmeric is a spice derived from the roots of the turmeric plant. This flowering plant has been at the forefront of many health-focused discussions in recent years, and it’s easy to see why. Renowned for its ability to combat a number of ailments, including hay fever, depression, gingivitis, PMT and high cholesterol, turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years and is a staple in Indian cuisine and healing remedies.
It has since attained global status as a ‘superfood’, cropping up everywhere in wellness circles (turmeric latte anyone?) and for good reason.
Health benefits of turmeric
Turmeric supplements are a potent source of antioxidants. It’s known for its vivid yellow colour pigments, known as curcuminoids, as well as containing special essential oils called turmerones. These both work in tandem as antioxidants, which help protect cells in our body from free radicals (unstable molecules that attack healthy skin tissue).
Turmeric is also highly prized as an anti-inflammatory. It blocks the body’s inflammatory pathways, so it works wonders for issues like heartburn and indigestion. It can also help with other ailments linked to inflammation like arthritis and skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema – as well as acne. (In fact, many people use it to treat acne topically as a part of a homemade face mask).
Blood pressure levels are key when it comes to good health. If they’re too high, it can put strain on the heart and arteries, leading to an increased risk of heart disease and strokes. Growing research suggests turmeric helps to reduce blood pressure – thanks to the curcuminoids, which work to lower the excess platelet aggregation that occurs in clot-forming blood. By improving blood flow to the heart and through the liver, turmeric supports the body’s natural detoxification process, preventing our arteries from getting clogged and significantly improving the quality of our skin in the process!
Turmeric is also renowned for maintaining a healthy gut; a lot of people tend to swear by it as a remedy for an upset stomach after a heavy night! It works to maintain a good balance of probiotics i.e. ‘friendly’ bacteria in the gut walls, which are directly responsible for keeping the immune system functioning at its best.
As well as all the many physical benefits associated with turmeric, mounting evidence suggests it can work to help combat depression. Scientists have found that the curcuminoids in turmeric have an effect on several physiological systems that are implicated in the causes of depression. For example, its ability as an anti-inflammatory can help maintain healthy levels of neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine in the brain, which are responsible for regulating our mood and staving off depression and anxiety.
What Rejuvenated product includes turmeric supplements?
Turmeric can be found in our new health supplement Immune Complex, which also contains beta-glucans and probiotics to bolster your gut health and keep your body’s natural defences fighting fit. Our product range all makes use of excellent, top-quality ingredients to improve and maintain your health, inside and out.