Turmeric, the secret and powerful compound hiding in your spice rack

Turmeric, the secret and powerful compound hiding in your spice rack

Your kitchen pantry may contain one of the most exciting secret ingredients that is both safe and fast-acting to boost your brain, increase memory function, improve cognition and help combat depression.This substance is most likely found in your spice rack and is called Turmeric.

Investigations undertaken on the effects of solid lipid curcumin on cognition has shown how Turmeric extract improves brain function with just one dose and other groundbreaking studies claim that Turmeric extract is superior to Prozac for depression. To add to this, we have found further research that tells us that turmeric also works at reducing inflammation.

Turmeric can be used in many ways depending on what you are cooking or treating, however for healing and medicinal purposes, it’s easiest to take turmeric in liquid form unless you use it daily in your cooking.Our Certified Organic Turmeric liquid extract at GAPS Diet Australia is easy to supplement with it’s own convenient liquid dispenser and we know you will be taken by surprise with the unique and pleasant taste that the Global Healing Centre have created.

Interestingly, curcumin (a component found in turmeric) lowers the levels of two enzymes in the body that cause inflammation. In factm turmeric contains more than two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds, including six different COX-2-inhibitors.To explain, the COX-2 enzyme promotes pain, swelling and inflammation and it is the COX-2 inhibitors that block them.Studies of the efficacy of curcumin have demonstrated positive changes in arthritic symptoms. One study found that osteoarthritis patients who added 200 mg of curcumin a day to their treatment plan experienced reduced pain and increased mobility, whereas the control group, which received no curcumin, experienced no significant improvements.

WARNINGS: High doses of turmeric can act as a blood thinner and cause stomach upset. Avoid turmeric/curcumin if you take blood thinners such as warfarin (Coumadin), are about to have surgery, are pregnant or have gallbladder disease.


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