Turmeric, the golden spice, has been well documented in traditional Chinese medicine and Indian (Auryvedic) medicine for thousands of years. And recent is starting to confirm what the ancient gurus have always known.... that turmeric may have medicinal qualities that assist in body in a variety of powerful ways*. More specifically, it's emerging as one of nature's most powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxident agents*.
The first scientific article on the subject was published by Oppenheimer in the Lancet 80 years ago. Since then there has been an explosion of scientific research on this medicinal plant − 5,600 scientific articles and more than 100 clinical trials have been completed.
The majority of the research has focused on the active ingredient in Turmeric, which is Curcumin. Curcumin's proposed health benefits may stem from its ability to influence multiple signaling pathways at the cellular level*. And it’s not just the curcumin that may have medicinal properties. Recent studies have shown that curcumin-free turmeric (CFT) has bio-molecular effects as well*. This lends credence to the idea that whole turmeric may be more beneficial than isolated curcumin alone*.
One chalenge to eating turmeric is the documented poor digestive absorption and the fact that curcumin is readily broken down by the liver into “less active” metabolites. Overcoming this has been an area of intense focus in drug development efforts, and what this research has shown is that curcumin is highly lipophilic. Therefore, combining curcumin with lipids (fats) may greatly increases the absorption by way of the lymphatic system by bypasses the first-pass metabolism of the liver*.
Inflammation and Oxidation are two of the largest stresses on the human body. Chronic inflammation plays a role in almost every western disease: arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease and even cancer. If turmeric continues to show promise as an inflammation squelcher, you can bet it will be incorporated more into the Western diet.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.