One of the most exciting developments in herbal medicine has been the ongoing research into the benefits of turmeric – the perennial herb yielding a yellow powder. You might know it as the herb which gives curry and French mustard their characteristic yellow colour.
The history of the benefits of turmeric date back as far as the 13th century, with the traditional uses of turmeric focusing on the treatment of symptoms related to inflammatory disorders.
There’s often confusion between turmeric and curcumin. The turmeric root by definition contains no less than 3% of curcumin and not less than 3% of volatile oil. Interestingly. turmeric contains many “actives” of which curcumin is merely one, so it makes sense to consider the entire herb for the multiple benefits if offers.
The biggest challenge in understanding turmeric and its related benefits is the herb’s poor absorption from our gastrointestinal tract. Given this poor bio-availability, it makes sense to look at a full-spectrum turmeric extract in a sugar-based delivery system that improves bioavailability, whereby the anti-inflammatory benefits at a much higher rate. This more effectively absorbed daily anti-inflammatory ingredient is called this Turmeric Betasorb® and is found in all three Nageze products. By increasing the digestion efficacy of the extract ensures that it is “tummy friendly”.
So, who might benefit from this form of turmeric extract?
- Those who cannot use the commonly prescribed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory treatments due to blood pressure or gastrointestinal issues.
- Those who don’t get adequate pain relief from their current medications.
- Those who are concerned about potential interactions with any of their medications.
- Those who are concerned about the long-term adverse effects of their current pain-relieving medications.
- Those who are looking for a more natural approach to inflammatory pain relief.
There has been a large number of studies examining the anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric, showing that it is one of the most promising natural options in the treatment of arthritis. Like the prescription based non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, turmeric blocks the inflammatory neurotransmitters responsible for pain.
In rheumatoid arthritis, turmeric is effective in reducing morning stiffness and joint swelling; research conducted by the American College of Rheumatology found that increased Turmeric consumption led to a reduction in tenderness and swelling. More importantly, they found that Turmeric consumption is safe and well tolerated by the body.
In osteoarthritis, the results are outstanding. The Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) is a widely used, proprietary set of standardized questionnaires used by health professionals to evaluate the condition of patients with osteoarthritis of the knee and hip, including pain, stiffness and physical functioning of the joints. Turmeric was found to reduce this score by 58% after three months.
With everything taken into account, a highly bioavailable dose of turmeric is a logical, natural option to help restore your joint health, giving you more time to enjoy your everyday life.