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Turmeric

Ok, ok, we have to talk about “Turmeric”. Why? Well, I believe many of us jump on the new superfood bandwagon yet we fail to even look for natures small print. In other words, is it all it’s cracked up to be, how should I take it and oh jeebus will I complete new personal bests?

So here goes, many of our clients ask us if it’s good to take turmeric? My answer is always the same, YES - but in what form “raw or powder”? Personally, I have always been in favour of using raw turmeric. It is great to use raw turmeric if it’s available and believe it or not, it’s not too much of hassle for one to use it. So why should we all love raw turmeric? We have always known turmeric to be a very popular spice, it’s known to most for giving curry its yellow colour. Well, turmeric has been widely used throughout Asia for thousands of years as a medicinal herb.  Really! Yes, turmeric contains a very powerful & natural compound calledcurcumin, which in recent years has come under serious study (over 9,000 medical and clinical research studies). Turmeric has a taste that is described as mild peppery to warm and bitter while its fragrance is sweet and pleasant, similar to a mix of orange-zest, andgingerto which it is related.

Amazing Properties

Turmeric & Curcumin are a natural anti-inflammatory and when ingested can block our bodies inflammatory signals. It can be so effective that it has compared favourably to anti-inflammatory drugs in some studies, including being very effective in treating arthritis. In a small 2012 pilot study, a curcumin product called BCM-95 reduced joint pain and swelling in patients with active RA better than diclofenac, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugCurcumin can also help fight depression. In this study of 60 depressed patients, curcumin was as effective as the antidepressant drug Prozac. There is also some evidence that curcumin can boost the brain neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. According to this (small) study, curcumin is as effective as an antidepressant.

Result: Turmeric has a host of wonderful properties. Also curcumin is the biologically active agent in turmeric. It is a very powerful anti-inflammatory substance that may help fight numerous diseases.

 

Reasons for Raw vs Powder

Here are some quick reasons why raw turmeric is so much more amazing and powdered:

  • Turmeric oil is lost when you process turmeric. There are several other compounds which are lost in processing. All these have a vital role to play to make turmeric the powerhouse it is. RAW J
  • Loss of curcumin: Curcumin, the key active ingredient is lost (to an extent, not fully) while processing. Yes, that’s correct, its lost!Based on what process is used to make powder turmeric from raw turmeric – curcumin is lost. Cheap powdered Turmeric equals lost Curcumin to me. RAW J
  • Quality control: You have more control over quality because additives/fillers and colours are added to turmeric during its powdering stage. If we eliminate this process, we eliminate the nasties and keep the good. RAW J
  • Economical: It is much cheaper to buy raw turmeric than powder. RAW J
  • Great aroma: Raw turmeric has great aroma as compared to powdered one. This is because of the oils present in it. It adds that distinct peppery taste to your food. RAW J
  • Grow and consume: Lastly, you can grow raw turmeric. Once you grow one batch the bulb can be used again to grow more. Therefore, you have great quality turmeric too. RAW J

While turmeric powder is easier to use, store and does contain some curcumin, it is raw turmeric, Mother Nature’s “natural gift” which seems to have many more health benefits. So instead of going on about the fantastic benefits of turmeric all day go out, get some and try it for yourself.

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