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The Golden Trio: Unleashing the Power of Turmeric, Ginger and Black Pepper Capsules

Turmeric is all the rage among natural medicine seekers, turmeric latte drinkers and social media health gurus. Rightly so, for its anti-inflammatory and high antioxidant benefits, but there’s so much more to this ancient spice than meets the eye!

Turmeric has its roots in thousands year old Ayurveda medicine, not to mention a staple spice in home cooking, it has proudly claimed its place in our pantries.

Let’s take a closer look at what exactly Turmeric is and how it can benefit you as a healthy organic supplement to your diet. More specifically, we will be talking about Curcumin – a concentrated (and more powerful) extract of raw Turmeric.

Turmeric or Curcumin, so what’s the difference?

Turmeric is the dried, usually ground, root plant of the ginger family which is native to Southeast Asia. Turmeric is a staple in many cultures used in cooking, juices and tea and has been known to be beneficial for joint pain and inflammation as well as improving digestive health.

Curcumin is a polyphenol (beneficial plant compounds) and is naturally abundant in Turmeric root. Essentially it’s a concentrated (high strength) extract, used medicinally as a healing compound, given its powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. (TLTR: cut to Benefits – create a separate post just for benefit)

What are the benefits of Turmeric (Curcumin)?

There have been many scientific studies and clinical trials on Curcumin in recent years to better understand the extremely beneficial antioxidant properties, particularly at targeting inflammation. Alongside ancient herbalist and Ayurvedic medicine, Curcumin is well known as a great natural remedy to combat oxidative stress, left unchecked, can result in chronic conditions including arthritis, diabetes and cancers.

Additional benefits include:

– Reduced inflammation and pain management – some studies have found this to be powerful enough to avoid taking NSAIDs (such as Ibuprofen)

– Reduced risk of heart disease – Curcumin has been found to play a beneficial role in improving our endothelium function and reduce the amount of LDL cholesterol

– Prevent Alzheimer’s – some studies have shown to increase cognitive function and delayed degradation of neurons. 

– Improve brain function and mental health wellbeing – positive effects on the brain including increase capacity to form neural connections, and a natural antidepressant (explain)

Are there any side effects to Turmeric (Curcumin)?

Although rare, side effects from Turmeric (Curcumin) should be considered when taking as a supplement.

In extreme cases:

– Nausea

– Diarrhoea

– increased menstrual flow

– hyperactive gallbladder

– hypotension (low blood pressure)

High strength supplements may also interact with pharmaceuticals, including anticoagulants such as NSAIDs (non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs) e.g. ibuprofen.

It is always recommended you take due care when supplementing, taking into consideration your own health risks and always consult your doctor or GP before taking any supplements.

What is the best way to take Turmeric (Curcumin) supplements?

We always advocate when it comes to supplements, whole foods are a first. This means, where possible, we should try and incorporate a diverse and whole-foods based diet, before looking at supplements. Obviously, this isn’t always easy or accessible from the supermarket chains.

Turmeric is an extremely diverse spice, often used in home cooking, but the raw turmeric root itself only contains around 3% Curcumin by weight. This makes it difficult to get the full effects of Curcumin from food alone.

Therefore, taking Turmeric (Curcumin) as a supplement is the easiest way to reap the benefits, however, it’s important to consider ways to maximise absorption:

– Turmeric (Curcumin) supplements should be taken with meals, as it enables proper absorption, being fat soluble. Preferably meals containing healthy fats e.g. coconut oil, olive oil, eggs.

– Combining Turmeric (Curcumin) with Black Pepper and Ginger has even more profound benefits:

– – Black pepper contains a constituent called piperine which acts in the liver and helps to slow the breakdown of curcumin, leaving more available for the body to use. This has been confirmed in several studies, which have shown that the bioavailability of curcumin is significantly higher when combined with piperine. Piperine inhibits enzymes in the liver, improving absorption of Curcumin by 2000% (to ref).

– – Ginger contains gingerol also having significant antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties. Whilst being a powerful target for chronic pain. Ginger itself is known to reduce blood clotting and blood sugar levels. The Ginger and Turmeric together pack an amazing punch and combined, can be a powerful immune booster.

The inspiration for our Turmeric, Black Pepper and Ginger supplements has come from our own use. Growing up, this natural remedy has replaced anti-inflammatory pharmaceuticals such as paracetamol and ibuprofen in our household. This powerful blend is without taste, and great for on the go – that’s why the Organic Path team has chosen its high strength blend to be easily consumed in a vegetarian capsule.

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