A frequently overlooked way to enhance and optimize health with organically grown food is to use herbs and spices – unprocessed and organic, of course.
One profound benefit of these herbs lies in their nutritional content. They’re very low in calories, while being dense in vitamins and minerals.
Many herbs and spices are thermogenic, meaning they naturally support your metabolism to help you burn calories. Plus you feel satisfied sooner, so you eat less.
Studies show that consuming certain herbs and spices before each meal can potentially reduce your caloric intake.
For best results, I recommend combining this with diet and exercise for a well-rounded strategy.
Herbs and spices can powerfully support your health, courtesy of their high levels of antioxidants. Some contain even greater mounts than many fruits and vegetables!
What’s more, these antioxidants target your entire body, not just one or two parts. This "whole person" approach is why I believe certain spices and herbs can be so potentially beneficial.
One particular spice, in my opinion, is the “granddaddy” of them all because its benefits are so exceptional and far-reaching.
From a Valued Part of India’s Ayurvedic Practice to Culinary Must-Have, Turmeric Shines
People in India and China have used turmeric for thousands of years. Turmeric continues to be a highly regarded herb in India’s Ayurveda system, recognized as an authoritative source of knowledge and truth in the promotion of natural health.
Today, turmeric is also considered an adaptogen – or botanical that supports your body’s ability to adapt to stress from any source. Adaptogens are valued for their contribution to energy, stamina, endurance, strength, and mental clarity.*
On a cellular level, turmeric can assist your cells by helping to neutralize substances that can cause stress and maintaining the cells' integrity when threatened by these stressors.*
In addition to its potential health benefits, turmeric’s aromatic, pungent flavor adds a delicious flavor boost to cuisine. The vibrant yellow hue in curry and other dishes comes from turmeric.
Since turmeric is so renowned for both culinary uses and for health, I like to include it in food preparation as much as possible.
You’ll find turmeric in several recipes in Pete Evan’s and my cookbook, Fat for Fuel Ketogenic Cookbook, including hearty Beef Bone Broth with Turmeric, Coconut Cream, and Ginger, as well as Turmeric Latte, a warming beverage enjoyed all around the world.
The Connection Between Turmeric and Curcumin, and Why They Deserve a Closer Look
The most active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which is what also gives turmeric its yellow color. Turmeric is derived from the rhizomes, or underground stems, of the plant Curcuma longa, a member of the ginger family.
Sometimes in the literature and on the internet turmeric and curcumin are used interchangeably, but they are not the same. Curcumin only makes up between 2 and 6 percent of turmeric.
Both curcumin and turmeric have potential advantages for health.
Some prefer turmeric because it’s a whole food. Others enjoy curcumin for its concentrated effects. I believe each has its own worthy attributes.
Here’s the major difference between the two...
Whole food turmeric contains all the naturally occurring bioflavonoids, whereas curcumin is typically an extract of the key curcuminoids.
One major difference between the two is whole food turmeric contains all the naturally occurring bioflavonoids, whereas some curcumin products like my Curcumin Advanced is a standardized extract of bioavailable key curcuminoids.
None the less, turmeric has been high on the list for use in Chinese medicine for many years. Here are just some of the research-suggested uses for turmeric:
- Normal inflammatory response in your body and brain*
- Digestive health, especially the digestion of fats*
- Mood and mental health*
- Cognitive health*
- Heart health*
- Joint health, flexibility and comfort*
- Normal healthy immune response*
- Cellular health*
- Colon and gut health*
- Skin health*
- Prostate and breast health
Turmeric’s Influence on Your Inflammatory Response and Signs of Aging May Be Its Greatest Potential Attributes*
Essential for health, antioxidants are your body’s number one way to neutralize free radicals and help you slow down the signs of normal aging.*
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) and free radicals can damage your mitochondria, cells, and organs – and speed up your aging process – something I’m sure you’d much rather put the brakes on!
Antioxidants, like turmeric, play an important role in helping to tame those free radicals.
The antioxidants in turmeric are in the form of active compounds called curcuminoids, whose activity may be:
- Three times more powerful than grape seed or pine bark extract
- Powerful enough to scavenge the hydroxyl radical – considered by many to be the most reactive of all oxidants*
- Helpful in protecting your cells’ mitochondria and genetic material*
Some of the first signs of aging as you grow older are changes to your skin.
Curcuminoids support healthy joints and important blood and liver functions, which in turn help promote radiant, supple skin.*
In fact, turmeric has been regarded as “skin food” for thousands of years in India and other cultures.*
Providing basic nourishment to your skin cells and promoting a normal healthy inflammatory response, this valuable antioxidant may act as your one-two punch against the early signs of cellular aging.*
One Source I Can’t Recommend for Buying Turmeric
By now you might be wondering about the best sources for turmeric.
Most likely you’ve seen it in the spice section in your local grocery store. Even though there may be some good spices available there, it's very difficult to verify their purity and potency.
Also, the turmeric powder you buy in your store probably doesn’t come from high-quality organic herbs. And because it is not produced using certified organic processes, you can miss out on some or most of its healthful benefits.
What's more, grocery store-bought turmeric powder is intended for cooking, not for taking as a supplement. However, there’s no telling how long it has been sitting on the shelf – or yours at home if you only use it occasionally.
Keep in mind, too, that turmeric loses many of its beneficial properties when heated, so you may need to consume quite a bit of the store-bought powder if used for cooking to reap its potential benefits.
So, what other options do you have?
I recommend searching for a high-quality, organic-based turmeric supplement.
Here are some things you need to know when shopping for a turmeric supplement...
How to Find a High-Quality Turmeric Supplement
To take advantage of all the potential benefits turmeric has to offer, we created a checklist on what to look for in a turmeric supplement.
- Contains certified organic turmeric
- Standardized to at least 95% curcuminoids
- Fermented to enhance absorption potential
- Avoids fillers and additives like magnesium stearate, an unnecessary flow additive, and Dibasic Calcium Phosphate (DCP), a substance that may inhibit the absorption of essential minerals within your system
- Packed in a vegetable capsule instead of one that’s gelatin-based
We constantly search all over the world for ingredients and manufacturers that use sustainable and bio-regenerative processes. This includes minimizing or eliminating harsh agricultural chemicals, improving the quality of life for farmers, preserving natural resources and enhancing the environment.
We strongly believe in working with the land, not against it. The Certified Organic Turmeric we use enhances soil biodiversity, water retention and production. Plus, it’s sourced from its indigenous area, resulting in reliable production and clean, high-quality ingredients.
How Fermentation Turns Ordinary Turmeric Into Super-Turmeric
When you use fermented turmeric instead of regular, non-fermented turmeric, you allow your body to take a digestive shortcut.
By fermenting the turmeric ahead of time, you mimic your own digestive process to unlock turmeric’s beneficial compounds.
This improves turmeric’s bioavailability and makes it easier for it to be absorbed into your bloodstream – a real plus if your digestion or gut health isn’t up to par...*
Fermentation is also a valuable tool for unlocking nutritional potential in foods, like with fermented vegetables.
With the special fermentation technique, you help concentrate turmeric’s antioxidants.
Recently demonstrated in a study, rats fed a fermented turmeric beverage had a higher concentration of antioxidants than those fed a beverage made with ordinary turmeric. The fermentation process resulted in an increase in the antioxidant activity of turmeric.
Regular, non-fermented turmeric can be a challenge to absorb in great enough amounts for significant benefits. By using fermented turmeric, you can maximize your potential gain.
Our Organic Fermented Turmeric Passes the Test... and More!
With the addition of fermented turmeric to a turmeric extract standardized to 95 percent curcuminoids, you now get both – the benefits of fermentation and a standardized quantity of valuable curcuminoids.
To summarize, Organic Fermented Turmeric is made up of two types of organic turmeric:
- Contains a Certified Organic turmeric extract standardized to at least 95% curcuminoids
- Contains organic fermented turmeric for enhanced absorption potential
In keeping with my requirements for a high-quality turmeric supplement, our Organic Fermented Turmeric:
- Doesn’t contain magnesium stearate, an unnecessary flow additive.
- Avoids Dibasic Calcium Phosphate (DCP), a substance that may inhibit the absorption of essential minerals
- Comes in a vegetable capsule instead of one that’s gelatin-based
That’s not all... I’m excited to tell you exactly how you may potentially benefit from our certified Organic Fermented Turmeric...
14 Ways Our Organic Fermented Turmeric Can Help Spice up Your Life (and Your Health*)
You’ve probably noticed that we offer two different curcumin and turmeric formulas on Mercola.com.
Curcumin Advanced is a highly concentrated curcuminoid formula designed to maximize absorption into your bloodstream.*
Our Organic Fermented Turmeric formula is another option to reap the benefits of curcumin. It’s intended for those who prefer the nutrient in its whole organic form as a powerful strategy to optimize total body health.*
Let me summarize 14 ways our certified Organic Fermented Turmeric can spice up your entire body:
- Provides antioxidant protection*
- Helps promote youthful looking skin*
- Supports your overall eye health*
- Supports immune function*
- Supports your skeletal system and joint health*
- Promotes healthy liver function*
- Helps you maintain healthy cells and mitochondria*
- Supports the health of your digestive system*
- Supports your healthy blood and circulatory system*
- Helps you maintain healthy cholesterol levels already within the normal range*
- Assists your neurological system's healthy response to stress*
- Supports a healthy female reproductive system*
- Helps you maintain already healthy normal blood sugar levels*
- Promotes a healthy inflammatory response*
Many people don’t realize that a normal inflammatory response affects more than your joints... It can affect your entire body and brain. When this response is overactive it can contribute to a wide range of health issues.
This in itself makes my Organic Fermented Turmeric an important supplement for overall well-being.
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