You’ve probably heard all the buzz surrounding the super spice turmeric.
Turmeric, or Curcuma longa, has become known as one of the most powerful herbs on the planet at fighting and potentially reversing disease. Its long list of natural benefits include being an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and boosting immunity.
But how can you be sure you are buying something that will give you all the claimed benefits? What should you be looking for?
Because while adding a store-bought turmeric powder into your home-made recipes is a great idea for wellness maintenance, it’s not the most effective way to make a dent in things like chronic pain or inflammation.
When it comes to turmeric, here’s what you should look out for to ensure you derive the full spectrum of health benefits from the spice:
There are a multitude of ways to take turmeric: fresh turmeric root, dried root powder, a supplement with various % of Curcumin present, fluid extract, and a tincture.
But because the power of turmeric’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties lies in its active ingredient Curcumin, to guarantee potency, you need to find a turmeric capsule with a minimum of 500 milligrams of Curcumin and one that is standardized to <95% Curcuminoids.
Turmeric only has a very small amount of Curcuminoids, so if you want anti-inflammatory benefits, you need to aim for 500 to 1,000 milligrams of Curcuminoids per day.
What you might not know is that turmeric is typically quite hard for the human body to absorb. So to increase its bioavailability (absorption), researchers suggest a combination of turmeric and black pepper.
Piperine, an active ingredient of black pepper, increase the bioavailability of turmeric by 2000%! By making sure black pepper is in the formula you can make sure your body receives the full range of benefits. And, in fact, even when cooking with the powdered spice it can be helpful to add some black pepper.
There is good reason to seek out organically grown turmeric. It means you can have peace of mind that there is nothing artificial, synthetic, chemical-filled, or genetically modified in its content. To increase crop yield, conventionally grown turmeric is often sprayed with pesticides and non-organic fertilizers which in turn impacts the quality of the end product.
Inflammation is at the root cause of some major health issues. Being “in the know” about turmeric and understanding what to look out for will put you in the power seat and help you navigate the plethora of products and claims made.
After all, there’s no point popping turmeric capsules if they’re not going to deliver the impact you are wanting and deserve. And now you know why we’ve taken additional steps to formulate a CBD capsule that is made with 95% curcumoids, incorporates black pepper, and is made from 100% organic, whole plant turmeric.
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