Traditional herbal medicine and modern scientific research both show a vast array of turmeric medicinal properties. It’s nature’s best anti-inflammatory!
How to Take Turmeric
When it comes to making the best decision about supplementing with this potent inflammation reducing remedy, we are often asked how to take turmeric.
Turmeric and its active constituent Curcumin have long been highly researched herbal remedies. Additionally, this beautiful, yellow-orange colored herb has been a staple of many cultures’ diets for centuries as a flavorful spice.
Curry sauces from Indian, Thai, or Asian meals makes my mouth water at the thought, I must admit!
Turmeric powder is a key ingredient for these fine, savory dishes. While it is one of our favorite culinary spices, our digestive tract is not the ideal absorptive surface to ultimately receive the best of turmeric’s medicinal properties.
Turmeric Medicinal Properties
To benefit from the medicinal properties of turmeric, the digestive system is not the best solution for how to take turmeric. While curcumin is known to impart a beneficial effect upon digestion, it is a well established fact that turmeric absorption (and eventual bioavailability) is quite poor in the gut. Our understanding is that around only 5% of turmeric is absorbed. This is not good!
To ultimately receive a health benefit of turmeric, this means that the amount of curcumin in an oral dose (via capsule, tablet, powder, or tincture) has to be quite high… which may get a bit pricey.
Fortunately, we feel we’ve found a better way to take turmeric, so be sure to keep reading as we’ve saved the best for last! 🙂
Traditional and historic uses of turmeric suggest that this remedy possesses a treasure trove of benefits. Modern scientific research has spent a great deal of effort to learn more about the potential medicinal properties of turmeric, including:
- Anti-Viral, Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Allergy Immune System Support
- Enhances Cognitive Function
- Balances Hormones
- Encourages a good night’s sleep
- Promotes energy
- Supports healthy, youthful skin
- Additionally, it is thought to possess anti-aging properties!
Clearly, there are a lot of benefits of turmeric extract!
Health Benefit of Turmeric
Even a quick glance at the research shows that there is a massive potential health benefit of turmeric. Primarily, curcumin’s anti-inflammatory effect is thought to be a major reason to its success as a natural remedy. At our office, we like to refer to turmeric as “Nature’s Anti-Inflammatory.”
When we look at curcumin, we see the benefits of turmeric extract in its historical use for conditions that have inflammation as an underlying cause: cardiovascular, joint and musculoskeletal, digestive, metabolic, hormonal, and immune to name a few.
We have observed the benefits of turmeric both personally, and in our patients. I am a big fan of using it at night before bed to help assist a good night’s rest. Inflammation often peaks overnight, so we feel that it only makes sense to try it before bedtime.
Herbal Turmeric Cream
Introducing the Lewis Family Turmeric Cream— the ideal solution for how to take turmeric!
For years, we wanted to incorporate curcumin into our list of suggestions yet were hesitant to do so given the poor absorption of turmeric. This problem was instantly solved when we discovered our herbal turmeric cream.
The Lewis Family Turmeric Cream is easily, conveniently, and cleanly applied to the skin. This topical application makes for superior absorption, enhancing turmeric’s medicinal properties.
I hope our excitement for this turmeric cream is palpable… it’s not often that we come across a natural remedy that’s safe, effective, practical, and innovative- all at once!