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Turmeric is the superfood on everyone’s lips, but what are the real benefits of turmeric? It’s touted for its anti-inflammatory properties, and the health-boosting benefits of organic turmeric extend to improved brain function, osteoarthritis prevention, better heart health and beauty benefits.
On this page, we explore the trendy topic around turmeric and answer the questions below:
Turmeric is the root of the Curcuma longa plant, and is closely related to ginger. The compound within turmeric that gives it its powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities is called curcumin. When you read about turmeric benefits, remember that you’re more often than not reading about the benefits of the curcumin within; curcumin is the focal point for the majority of research into turmeric’s health-giving properties.
You can incorporate turmeric into a balanced diet by using it to spice up curries, soups, smoothies and stews, or by whipping up a turmeric latte by steaming it with your favourite milk and adding cinnamon, cardamom, ginger or nutmeg. Ayurvedic practitioners have been advising people to consider the addition of turmeric into their diets since ancient times, and it adds an earthy flavour and gorgeous golden colour to dishes.
At LYMA, we have screened through the clinical studies that have been published on the benefits of turmeric and have shortlisted its most proven advantages on health for you:
Inflammation is a major cause - and consequence of - the vast majority of viral and non-viral illnesses, resulting in a faster aging process. For centuries curcumin has proven to be an excellent anti-inflammatory, which is why its most bioavailable form HydroCurc™ is included in the LYMA formula.
Curcumin supports healthy bodily functions against inflammation and oxidative stress, which both play an important role in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs).
Research has witnessed that the intake of curcuminoids was associated with a reduction of oxidative stress, which is a result of hyperglycaemia in patients suffering from diabetes.
Curcumin has been shown to act as an immune modulator influencing important immune cells including B cells, Natural Killer cells and T cells. At low doses it may enhance antibody response.
Several studies on patients with knee osteoarthritis have shown that the results of curcumin domestica extract had similar effects on pain as Ibuprofen and had positive results on the symptoms of the condition.
Due to its chemical structure, curcumin has proven to be a potent antioxidant that can neutralise free radicals produced during aerobic respiration, which are a cause of cumulative oxygen damage, resulting in aging.
There is growing evidence that curcumin could help treat major depressive disorders (MDD). Curcumin has shown to improve a variety of body and brain functions simultaneously, of which many target some of the numerous pathways involved in depression. Combined with saffron, studies have proven its anti-depressant effects.
Although more research needs to be undertaken, there is compelling evidence that curcumin helps relieve pain in patients.
Several studies have shown the curcumin has a role in the modulation of many biological mechanisms involved in liver injury. It may represent a promising treatment in chronic hepatitis and a potential therapeutic agent for regression of liver fibrosis and cirrhosis.
As a result of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, curcumin - and especially HydroCurc™, its most bioavailable form - act as a digestive healing agent.
Some studies suggest that turmerone, an active ingredient of turmeric, may be help with conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. This is because it helps trigger cell repair and potentially support the recovery of brain function.
Although the effects of turmeric on cholesterol levels are conflicting, a study has shown that taking HydroCurc™ lowers levels of blood fats called triglycerides, most notably serum lipid peroxides and serum cholesterol.
The polyphenols contained in curcumin have recently been associated with disrupting the formation of cancerous cells. Evidence also suggest it has protective effects against multiple myeloma, colorectal, breast, pancreatic, gastric and prostate cancers.
Found to exert diverse immunomodulatory effects in a study of 240 patients, curcumin ameliorated nasal symptoms such as sneezing as well as nasal congestion. Research also show curcumin may help reduce the impact of food allergies and asthma, although more research needs to be done on these topics.
NB: All resources for the above claims are listed at the bottom of this article.
There is a big issue with merely adding turmeric to your cooking though. The issue is poor bioavailability. The curcumin content of turmeric is very low and you’d have to eat an ungodly amount of turmeric to allow enough curcuminoids (the active part of turmeric) into the blood to have a discernible physiological effect. Eating turmeric can be said to have a placebo effect at best. If you really want to exploit curcumin for all its goodness, you need to take it in supplement form.
In addition, curcumin is fat-soluble, meaning it can only be metabolised by the body if consumed alongside fats, so the nutritional benefits of this wonder-herb are missed out on altogether if you’re not taking curcumin in its most desirable form. HydroCurc™, as formulated at 250mg in LYMA, could be your secret weapon when it comes to reaping the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits of curcumin.
Studies have shown that when ingested through diet alone, humans are only able to absorb 5% of the active curcuminoids from turmeric. Supplementing with HydroCurc™, the most bioavailable forms of curcumin extract available today, offers a solution through LipiSperse®, a cutting-edge ingredient scientifically proven to increase absorption to deliver 250% more active curcuminoids than generic curcumin.
LipiSperse® is an advanced cold water dispersion technology which allows active ingredients with otherwise limited bioavailability to be easily dispersed in the body, increasing their bioavailability and uptake in the digestive tract. HydroCurc™, therefore, is curcumin in its most bioavailable form.
Conventional delivery systems used by most other supplement brands simply do not make the cut. They are ineffective and do not serve the consumer. In the same way that eating turmeric has negligible benefits for overall well being, taking sub-par supplements can be considered another form of placebo. In fact, most mainstream delivery systems, from lattes to lozenges, offer no proven health benefits whatsoever.
LYMA’s patented ingredients are all backed by peer-reviewed clinical evidence and have been formulated with your wellbeing in mind. HydroCurc™ is the only patented form of curcumin on the supplement market - a market that consists largely of companies selling poorly formulated products without patented ingredients. Patenting ingredients is an expensive and time-consuming process and, as such, using a proprietary form of the compound hasn’t been a priority for many leading supplement brands. LYMA was launched, in part, as a response to the lack of protected, highly bioavailable curcuminoids available on the market.
Dr Paul Clayton, leading pharmacologist, believes in the efficacy of HydroCurc™ and its superiority to the other supplements out there:
LYMA is pioneering the trend for evidence-based nutrition. LYMA’s formula is proven not only to significantly reduce inflammation and the build up of oxidative stress, but also to promote anti-aging and smoother, more hydrated skin; to improve brain power, focus and productivity; to enhance immune function and protect against brittle bones and osteoporosis; and to moderate the body’s stress response, decreasing anxiety and improving happiness levels. By supplementing with LYMA you can expect to encounter all of these benefits and more.