This amazing spice is now no longer just an ingredient in curry, its powerful healing effects have been clinically researched in humans and are maybe a secret weapon to survive life in the modern world.
The world of a modern human is so completely different from how we evolved over the last 1.5 million years that our physiology is being bombarded with so many stressors from all directions.
These stressors are leading to the massive increase in chronic disease.
Where are these stressors coming from?
Toxins: our food, water and air is now full of chemicals that did not exist until the last couple of hundred years, this includes pesticides, herbicides, preservatives, flavours, colours chlorine, fluoride, exhaust fumes, plastics, hair colours, nail polish, cleaning chemicals, mould, heavy metals, paints and solvents and the list goes on)
Stress: we are working longer and longer hours and our lives are becoming so full there is little down time for rest. We can also lack the support of nearby family or community. For many people their nervous systems are becoming overloaded resulting in their stress hormones becoming out of balance leading to gut problems, hormonal imbalances, sleeping issues and mood disorders.
Radiation: another source of unnatural adverse health bombardment is radiation and light … yes all our modern technology is great but it comes with a cost … blue light, radiation and non- native EMF affect all our cells and upsets our delicate circadian rhythm. Until the invention of the light bulb we did not have this artificial light at night which tricks the body into thinking its daylight so it suppresses the release of melatonin a very important antioxidant hormone. The newer and more powerful EMF radiations are having detriment effects on our overall health especially our brain function. EMF radiation is associated with headaches, brain fog, tiredness, sinus issues, muscle and joint pain and sleeping issues.
These environmental and lifestyle stressors trigger oxidation and inflammatory reactions in our body placing a huge demand on the natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory metabolic reactions in our body. So how can we support these pathways?? With Turmeric of course! The potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory spice.
Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric’s use can be traced back thousands of years and was and still is used by many cultures throughout the world as both a spice and a medicine. Today we can extract the active component Curcumin for a more powerful effect. One of the key causes of most chronic ill health in the world today is oxidation and inflammation. Turmeric is one of the most powerful and safe antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.
Super antioxidant – unlike other antioxidants it can work on many different reactive oxygen species and free radicals for a more broad-spectrum effect. Free radicals are associated with cell damage and reduced cellular activity resulting in ageing and ill health.
Super anti-inflammatory – most chronic illnesses are based on a cascade of inflammatory reactions which themselves are damaging but also stimulate further oxidative damage as well. Research has found Turmeric and Curcumin have powerful effects to reduce these inflammatory compounds and the TNF-alpha and NF-Kß inflammatory pathways.
Detoxification – another way Turmeric reduces the effects of toxins and cell damage is through it benefits to the liver detoxification pathways to aid the safe elimination of toxins and their metabolites.
Modulation of the gut microbiome – Turmeric has been found to alter the gut microbiome which has been suggested as another way it if influences positive health outcomes.
Turmeric targets your whole body for its potent healing effects.
Main reasons to take Turmeric
- Balancing inflammatory processes
- Skin and eye health
- Digestive and liver health
- Mood and mental health
- Premenstrual health
- Cognitive health
- Joint health
- Immune health
- Cellular energy health
- Breast and prostate health
How to take Turmeric
Take with pepper or piperine and mix with foods with fat such as avocado, coconut cream for better absorption and efficacy.
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