Turmeric is a yellow-orange spice (from the Curcuma longa plant) that has
been used in Asian cuisine & traditional Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for
thousands of years to treat ailments of the joints, liver, blood, immune system, and gut. It is a member of the ginger family. Turmeric is found in many Indian, Chinese & South-East Asian cuisines; it has a warm, bitter taste, and is responsible for giving mustard its yellow colour. It is available as a dried spice powder to add to home-cooked curries and soups.
Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-bacterial ingredient. The major bioactive component of turmeric is curcumin, which is amongst the world’s most versatile supplements and is therapeutically renowned for its anti-inflammatory action. Many reputable medical studies have been conducted into its uses and benefits1.
Curcumin demonstrates several health benefits, including:
joint pain relief (due to anti-inflammatory properties)
helps to fight signs of ageing (as it’s a potent antioxidant)
improves healthy brain function
supports healthy liver function
stimulates gall bladder function
reduces blood glucose levels
may improve heart health
68% of Australians suffer from pain every week2. Many people rely on over-the-counter or prescription medications for pain relief, These medicines can have potentially significant side effects, especially if they are used on an ongoing basis. Turmeric tablets may be a viable natural alternative. Research shows that 500-2000mg of turmeric is adequate for health benefits to be recognised.
As with any supplement, turmeric or curcumin tablets must be taken according to the directions on the bottle and ideally after discussion with your doctor. It’s important to not exceed dosage recommendations and to check with your doctor first if you take other regular medicines (e.g. diabetes drugs) or have a medical condition (e.g. gallstones).
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