If you ever have eaten Indian cuisine, chances are you had dish that contains turmeric. Turmeric is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powerhouse which has many capabilities to benefit the body. Such benefits are; improvement in arthritic pain, assist in management of exercise-induced inflammation and muscle soreness, combat free radicals, boost brain-derived neurotrophic factor, lower risk for heart disease, prevent cancer, prevent Alzheimer’s disease, and to assist in delaying the aging process. The above benefits are due the compounds that turmeric contains called curcuminoids. Most importantly curcumin, which is a polyphenol. Polyphenol can be thought of as powerful micronutrient with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefit. In order to receive maximal benefits from turmeric and curcumin, one needs to increase the bioavailability (maximum ability for the body to benefit) by adding piperline. Piperline is the major active ingredient in black pepper. By adding piperline to curcumin, the bioavailability is increased by 2000%.
Take home message:
Curcumin & piperline are antioxidant & anti-inflammatory powerhouses that can improve the quality of life both presently and as we age!
To get maximum benefit the supplement must contain both piperline and curcumin (Such as “Tumeric Response Joint” that we carry at North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine)
Stop by or give us a call today to find out if turmeric supplementation is best for your individualized health plan.