Turmeric, also known as Curcuma longa, is a bright yellow or orange spice that can be found as an ingredient in a variety of dishes. From delicious curries to amazing broths, today, turmeric is best known as a spice added to enrich food. However, for centuries turmeric has been used to treat a variety of illnesses as early as 2,500 BCE. Treating everything from the healing of wounds to congestion, Ayurveda, an ancient Indian healing system, contains over 100 terms for turmeric including “jayanti”, meaning “victory over diseases”.
So why is Turmeric seeing a resurgence now? Well, in our opinion, it has never gone away. Even in Mary Rudolph’s Virginia Housewife in 1831, turmeric is said to help “the blood naturally free in circulation” and “keep the mind vigorous”. Ayurvedic medicine practices are also still around, with turmeric being the backbone of many healing recipes. Now, with the increased awareness of juicing and natural supplements, Turmeric is rising in popularity as a natural way to help with joint pain, circulation, skin, digestion and more.
We could talk about the history of turmeric all day long, but in this article, we will focus on Turmeric’s effectiveness on joint pain.
The real powerhouse found within turmeric is an active polyphenolic compound called curcumin. Common positive effects of using the compound range from anti-inflammation all the way to a healthy heart.
There have been several studies that point to curcumin working for arthritis but one study for osteoarthritis is even more promising. The study published in 2014 by Phytotherapy Research, pointed to participants with moderate knee osteoarthritis seeing significant improvement. This was a study over one 6-week period, so ditching your normal treatment for Turmeric supplements is not necessarily the best option.
The full range of benefits from turmeric supplementation include the following:
Turmeric can be found in Thai yellow curry paste which is often used in recipes for meat, seafood, vegetables, noodles, and soups. However, the best way to consume turmeric isn’t in your food, but in supplement form. Turmeric supplements have standardized curcuminoids of over 90% whereas the spice typically has around 10%.
Turmeric and curcumin are safe and rarely present side effects. However, a small number of prescription medicines may have interaction. So, always talk to your doctor before deciding to add any new supplementation to your diet.
While we could preach about all of the benefits and amazing results we’ve seen from our biased perspective, we figure it might be better to let our customer reviews do the talking.
“The combination of turmeric and ginger has been the most effective supplement in reducing my inflammation.” – Margaret
“It helps with the aches and pains and would prefer taking this instead of ibuprofen.” – Ricky
“Despite regular exercise, healthy diet etc. I [still] have inflammation in my joints, Nuvana’s Tumeric formula helps more than I can say. LOVE your products.” – Brian
We’ve gone through the benefits of Turmeric supplementation, how much to take, how to take it, and whether or not people have noticed benefits while taking it. If you have any other questions about Nuvana you can contact us here or read through our FAQs here and if you want more information about our Turmeric supplement you can read more about it along with customer reviews here.
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