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Like a wave, turmeric has inundated North America as the latest “superfood”, “miracle cure” and media darling! But why not? ....loaded with antioxidants and boasting anti-inflammatory powerhouse, curcumin, turmeric may be effective in fighting everything from high cholesterol to cancer. It has already been used for centuries in both India and China, as a means of improving the circulation in the body.
BUT.... there are some important things to keep in mind before going short-term, high-volume crazy for turmeric
What does this mean? (continued below...)
So does that mean that turmeric is all hype and not worth considering as an addition to your diet?
Not at all!
Be realistic about the benefits you can expect.
Consume small amounts of turmeric with black pepper and healthy fats to improve absorption. Evidence shows that when paired with piperine, the active ingredient in black pepper, availability of curcumin to the body can increase by 2000%. When paired with black pepper, you will not need much turmeric to gain the benefits.
Think of turmeric as a long-term preventative measure rather than thinking of turmeric as a magic potion or cure-all. The power of herbs and spices is in incorporating them into a daily healthy diet paired with exercise.
Note: Turmeric in larger amounts can be of concern to people that have certain medical conditions (ie blood clotting disease, diabetes, or gall stones) or are taking certain medications. The information provided does not replace your relationship with your doctor. Please check with your doctor if you are unsure about consuming turmeric.
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