Turmeric is widely recognised by it's striking yellow colouring. Touted to be one the most powerful herbs on the planet at fighting and guarding against disease, the uses and benefits of turmeric have been widely researched over the years, with over 6,000 peer-reviewed articles published that support its benefits. Packed with health-promoting compounds, this is an ingredient we just had to find a way to incorporate into our health products. So we did just that.
A brief history of Turmeric
For thousands of years, starting in India, turmeric has been used in foods for its taste and health applications. Used throughout Asian communities, Turmeric is famous for it's impressive list of benefits from taste to healing, and everything in between. Used in cosmetics too, is there anything turmeric can't do?
What is turmeric?
Turmeric is a spice with a ginger-like flavour that is used mainly in Asian cuisine. Grown for its root, as we've outlined, the plant has many uses, spanning cooking, fabric dying and traditional medicinal purposes.
Research has recently identified medicinal compounds in turmeric, called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin, which is a natural polyphenol and a sirtuin-activator.
What's that, you say? Sirtuins are a class of proteins found in living things that are involved in regulating important biological processes such as ageing, cellular death, inflammation and metabolism. Sirtfoods, like turmeric, activate sirtuins and get them working for you.
What are the health benefits of turmeric?
It's been suggested that turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory agent. There is also research to suggest that turmeric can improve memory. Just recently, researchers in Melbourne reported that when patients with early type 2 diabetes had a gram of turmeric a day, it improved their working memory. Other research suggests that turmeric has even more extensive health benefits, with studies supporting the notion that it can improve digestion, joint function, cardiovascular health and function of the immune system.
Turmeric is one of the ingredients in The Detox Booster. Recommended for those aiming to lose weight and help with recovery after putting your bodies under the strain of exercise. Along with the other ingredients found in The Detox Booster, this booster serves to help your body defend and detox. If you want to find out even more, read the health benefits of turmeric. It's safe to say we're not the only ones banging on about it's benefits.
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- Goel A, Aggarwal BB Curcumin (2010). The golden spice from Indian saffron, is a chemosensitizer and radiosensitizer for tumors and chemoprotector and radioprotector for normal organs . Nutrition and Cancer. Click here.
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- NM Khanna. (1999). Turmeric: Nature's Precious Gift. Current Science. Click here.