This was originally posted on Sanandi.com
The popularity of turmeric is off the charts right now—and we’re here to say that it’s completely warranted.
The benefits of Curcuma longa (that’s the Latin name for Turmeric) are countless—literally. Everyday it seems there’s a new form of ailment that this golden root takes the edge off of, and there’s no end in sight.
Curcuma longa is named for the active constituent, curcumin. This small molecule is what gives turmeric its golden color and many of its wonderful healing benefits.
It’s very anti-inflammatory, so much so that it may protect against the progression of certain cancers when taken internally on a regular basis.
It’s also a high-level antioxidant and stimulating to the entire circulatory system—it helps clear the liver, clean the blood, and move it through your body quickly, partially by thinning the blood to help it move swiftly through the arteries.
Turmeric is shown to be safe in large doses, though there are a few safety precautions depending on your health, and very yummy.
The one caveat is that it doesn’t absorb well into our bloodstream on it’s own, and needs help of additional allies to reach its maximum potential—that ally is piperine and it’s found in black pepper.
Yes… turmeric is a power punch of a root, but only with its trusty (and equally delish) sidekick, black pepper.
In any case, here are the top 10 uses for turmeric:
The Top 10 uses for Turmeric
1—Anti-inflammatory. This is the number one reason people pick up the stuff, and often times this is the foray into herbal medicine.
2—Poor circulation. Turmeric thins and moves blood. It’s a warming herb so it pushes blood back into those cold, stuck places.
3—Joint pain. This is another heavy-hitter for turmeric, joint pain, especially arthritis, is often caused by cyclic inflammation from digestive issues coupled with poor circulation. Turmeric has the power to help jumpstart a healthy pain-free lifestyle!
4—Antioxidant. Curcumin is actually, in essence, an antioxidant. This little buddy floats around combating oxidative stress from the inside out.
5—Regulates menses. A bit less-known but very important to mention, turmeric helps regulate blood flow, and for the ladies, this is an important one. It helps keep cycles regular and flowing – but not too heavy.
6—Regulates blood sugar. This is specifically shown to help with diabetes by improving insulin sensitivity, blood glucose levels, and glucose tolerance.
7—Liver stimulant. If you’ve been eating the Standard American Diet (SAD), chances are, your liver is a bit sluggish. It has over 100 different jobs to do, and it’s very good at finding the most efficient ways to do it – and sometimes that means missing the finer details. Turmeric helps clear the liver fog so it can do its jobs even better.
8—Skin disorders. Most skin issues, from acne to eczema, are related to internal issues, most commonly these are things like: a sluggish liver, a diet that doesn’t suit, a high level of stress, or systemic inflammation, and turmeric works on every level to bring balance and beautiful skin.
9—Gallbladder issues. Turmeric is known as a “cholagogue” and it’s one of the safest. Without getting too technical, it increases the gallbladder’s secretions so that it can break down your fatty foods better and pull real energy from them (yum).
10—Irritable bowel syndrome. This is sort of in the same vein as the one above – IBS is often caused by underactive digestive secretions and the healing process needs to be taken slowly. Turmeric is a great way to start fortifying your digestive system while you’re working on building up those natural secretions.
Notes on Using Curcuma longa
Like just about everything on our beautiful planet, there is such a thing as too much turmeric. If you have active ulcers, an overactive liver or gallbladder, or you’re having a surgery soon, you should talk to a professional before taking it.
Don’t actively seek and take this root if you’re taking anticoagulant medications as it can double the effects and thin your blood a bit too much.
Try to avoid high doses when pregnant because it helps create balance in the hormonal body, along with being stimulating to the blood (note: you don’t need to avoid it in food or as an ingredient, just shy away from over indulging or consistently taking an extract).
The Sanandi Difference – Curcuma Extract
What sets our curcuma extract apart from the rest, besides the fact that it comes from our biodynamic farm and is made with our very special mezcal, is that it contains a few extra ingredients that allow this extract to be an especially effective treatment for a myriad of ailments.
Pepper (Piper longum)
We add extract of pepper because it contains that special constituent, piperine, that aids the absorption of turmeric (plus it’s absolutely delicious in the mix).
The pepper itself is a powerful liver and antioxidant tonic. Like it’s best mate, turmeric, it’s a very useful anti-inflammatory for joints, antiviral and immune stimulant.
Matarique (Psacalium peltatum)
This wonderful plant ally works to balance blood sugar, decrease oxidative stress, and reduce inflammation throughout the body. It has a specific antioxidant effect in the liver and the heart by elevating glutathione levels—an antioxidant produced and used by all the cells in the body, specific to combatting free radicals and other types of cellular oxidation.
Heliopsis (Heliopsis longipes)
Oh a classic in Mexican traditional medicine—it has been used to help clear parasites and relieve muscle pain. It is known to help boost the immune system and is being studied to work with rheumatoid arthritis due to the anti-inflammatory and blood stimulating effects.
St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)
We think of St. John’s Wort as the synergist to most of our blends. A touch of happiness here, a little blend of anti-inflammatory nerve-fortification there. Even in the smallest bit, St. John’s Wort brings it everything together in a neat little package, making sure that every bit of goodness reaches the top of your head, your heart, your fingertips, and your toes.
What We’ve Found*
Every day there are thousands of new cases of human papillomavirus infection and there’s no real cure for the virus. Most of the time it goes away, but some strains get stronger and can turn into cancer.
This formula is especially beneficial for women who suffer from human papillomavirus infection (both members of a couple should be treated).
It is also useful in chronic vaginal infections, gallbladder stones, high cholesterol, chronic digestive issues, exposure to environmental factors causing oxidative, and certain types of arthritis.
Recommendations: Take 15 to 20 drops dissolved in warm water three times a day.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.