The Turmeric Craze

the turmeric craze

Odds are, you’ve heard of the turmeric craze sweeping our nation. This “wonder root” is popping up all over internet blogs, health food stores, and emerging scientific literature. Funnily enough, turmeric is far from a modern innovation— humans have been using it for thousands of years to promote healing and well-being. In fact, artifacts discovered in New Delhi contained turmeric residue estimated to date back as early as 2,500 BCE! Around 500 BCE, turmeric became a prominent component of Ayurvedic medicine, which is a time-honored Indian system of natural healing. Today, the rest of the world is finally discovering the incredible benefits packed into this golden root.

So what’s all the hype about?

You would be hard-pressed to find a plant with more medicinal properties than turmeric. For starters, curcumin, which is the active ingredient in turmeric, has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Research suggests that inflammation plays a role in almost every chronic Western illness, including addiction. Initially, inflammation helps spark our body’s healing process. However, if our body is unable to resolve inflammation (which is often related to poor diet, stress, a lack of exercise, and/or disrupted sleep), then this natural response can start to harm us. Curcumin acts like a natural “firefighter” in response to these disruptions, as it douses inflammation and promotes healing. This can help relieve joint pain, which is why turmeric is becoming increasingly popular among professional athletes.

Moreover, curcumin is packed to the brim with potent antioxidants. Antioxidants play a vital role in our well-being because they neutralize free radicals, which are dangerous molecules that can damage our body’s enzymes and DNA. Basically, you can think of free radicals as troublemakers that run around your body causing havoc and antioxidants as the cops that lock them up. Antioxidants are especially important for those recovering from addiction, since the use of drugs and alcohol contributes heavily to the presence of free radicals. In addition to blocking free radicals on its own, curcumin even boosts the activity of other antioxidant enzymes.

Turmeric can also profoundly benefit your brain health. Curcumin has been found to increase levels of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), which functions like a “fertilizer” to promote the nourishment of healthy brain cells. This may contribute to improved memory, learning, and thinking. We’ve personally witnessed some incredible breakthroughs with curcumin, as our clients will often ask us for natural supplements that they can use to achieve peak performance. Turmeric may even help reverse degenerative brain disorders and combat depression. In fact, a recent study published in Psychotherapy Research found that curcumin may be as effective as Prozac in treating depression.[1] Lastly, turmeric can play a vital role in slowing down or even reversing the effects of aging. By reducing the risk of chronic illness, repairing oxidative damage, resolving inflammation, and fostering the growth of healthy new brain cells, turmeric can help you stay robust and youthful. Turmeric has also been implicated to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, arthritis, and cancer. Oh … and did we mention turmeric also boosts your immune system and gut-brain health?

Sounds awesome… so where do I get it?

The “old school” method of incorporating turmeric into your diet is to cook with it. Traditionally, turmeric roots are ground up to produce a vibrant yellow spice, which helps give Indian curry its color (and health benefits). For starters, try cooking your next meal
with some high-quality turmeric seasoning (the flavor blends beautifully with chicken, vegetables, and rice). You can also drink turmeric shots or teas.

To take it to the next level, we highly recommend taking a curcumin supplement. Make sure that this supplement also contains piperine (an extract from black pepper), which dramatically improves the bioavailability of curcumin. This is important because standard turmeric is poorly absorbed by the body. As a gift to our readers, we’d be happy to offer a 10% discount for our practice’s top-of-the-line curcumin complex. If you want to experience a sharper and more balanced mind, healthier joints, and improved vitality, then visit www.DoctorSunder.com or contact us at contact@mbtrins.com. As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions!

Research Cited: [1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23832433