Much has been written about turmeric over the past few years. A burgeoning portfolio of studies on the active chemical in turmeric, curcumin, is finding very positive benefits for human health.
It’s not surprising that this brightly colored, showy root has powerful health benefits. After all, nature’s most brightly and boldly colored offerings tend to have the most dense and plentiful volume of healthy compounds.
Many use turmeric supplements to help combat inflammation. Inflammation causes pain and discomfort. It can also cause skin problems like rosacea, acne, canker sores, flare ups of herpes viruses, and a variety of general skin complaints. Some take it to simply keep inflammation at bay for general overall health and prevention of inflammatory types of diseases like cancer, arthritis, bowel and digestive issues and more.
Skin Cancer Treatment?
A turmeric paste is even being studied for the topical treatment of skin cancer. While external use of turmeric can help improve the skin and make it glow, taking it orally also provides several benefits. These benefits go way beyond skin health. The skin health aspect is just one fringe benefit.
Why You Need to Pair Turmeric with Black Pepper….
It is important to note that you should take black pepper with your chosen curcumin supplement to increase its effectiveness. Many come with black pepper already added. This is because black pepper helps increase the absorption of the active chemical, making it more bio-available. If you’re cooking with turmeric, simply add some ground pepper along with the savory powder.
Why Does Turmeric Fight Inflammation?
Studies have shown that curcumin inhibits the activity of pro-inflammation enzymes in the body. This helps reduce the effects of inflammation we see outwardly in our bodies the produce undesirable and uncomfortable results. These effects include swelling, redness and pain.
It also helps block the inflammatory pathways, which helps explain the ultimate anti-inflammation effect. Another benefit of turmeric is that it has powerful antioxidant properties. Combined with its anti-inflammatory effects, the synergy of these two properties really can have a significant impact on human health when used properly.
Turmeric for Blood Sugar Stability?
Apparently, turmeric also has some pretty positive effects on our blood sugar levels. Through multiple mechanisms, it reduces the effect of spiking insulin levels that tend to have such as detrimental and inflammatory effect on the body.
This is interesting but not surprising, since inflammation and blood sugar instability tend to go hand in hand. So it does make sense that a compound with such a profound ability to suppress inflammation also happens to stabilize blood sugar levels.