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Turmeric has been around for a very long time and has been a staple of Indian cuisine for centuries. This condiment is quickly turning into a buzz word in the health community. There are many reasons for this. The main benefit I derive from turmeric consumption is its anti-inflammatory benefits.
What’s the difference between turmeric and curcumin?
Turmeric is the whole food and root of the plant, curcumin is an extract of turmeric with the most benefits for the body.
I know this to be a common question; can I just eat turmeric and experience its anti-inflammation benefits? Well, you can eat turmeric and still get curcumin but you would have to eat A LOT of turmeric to experience the benefits that just a couple of grams of curcumin can offer.
So if you have tried turmeric in the past and without any noticeable results, then maybe you should try curcumin.
Not only does the curcumin from turmeric help you with inflammation, but it is also packed with antioxidants that make it a great supplement to fight off free radicals and keep your immune system healthy.
Check out this study on NCBI where they studied the effects of curcumin and it’s effects on human health and inflammation: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5664031/
How do you get the most of curcumin?
In order to increase the rate of which curcumin is taken up by your body, black pepper is recommended. The most used type of black pepper is an extract called Bioperine and it’s used in many turmeric products to increase absorption. According to the study above, it can increase the bioavailability of curcumin by 2000%!
What turmeric curcumin supplement should you take?
There are endless amounts of turmeric and curcumin products coming to the market every day. I have researched many and have a couple that I like the most.
Something that is very important to me is that the turmeric is certified organic to make sure there are no harsh chemicals or byproducts that would eliminate the benefits that make me take turmeric in the first place. Also, I looked for the most cost-efficient product.
I have narrowed my choice to two products.
One is just the organic curcumin powder by itself at a great price. It is made by Micro Ingredients and is certified organic. This was the best price pound for pound that I have been able to find on the internet thus far.
If you have ever tried Turmeric before you will notice that curcumin looks way more of a bright orange than does regular turmeric. This curcumin extract also tastes different than regular turmeric. I feel like it tastes a tad sweeter and reminds me of carrot pulp.
The other curcumin product that I take with Micro Ingredients is from “Doctors Recommended Formula”. It’s also certified organic and is a turmeric and curcumin blend with Bioperine. It is full of curcuminoids and also has organic Triphala powder which is a blend used in ayurvedic medicine for its large hosts of benefits as well. I find that this product is also a great value since it has a large ratio of curcumin for the cost.
Daily, I usually take 1 gram of the micro-ingredients pure curcumin along with 2 pills of the Doctors Recommended Formula for a great combination of high curcumin and the improved absorption with Bioperine. I tend to take the whole serving in the morning because I have noticed that cortisol levels and inflammation tend to be highest in the morning. Also, 1 gram of curcumin has been shown to help the body recover after a bad night's sleep.
I hope you have learned something new from this article and can implement all the benefits of turmeric into your daily life.
Want Turmeric Recipes?
- Make your own Iced Golden Turmeric Milk Latte at home!
- Spice up your salads with this Oil Free Golden Turmeric Salad Dressing right now.
- Make these roasted turmeric-infused potatoes for dinner.
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