Turmeric Curcumin- What It Does And How To Use It

What DOESN’T Turmeric Curcumin do might be the better question, and the shorter answer. This little plant, related to ginger, is a multi-purpose natural medicine that can be eaten, taken as a supplement, ingested in powder form, or even used on the skin.

So, how do you use it? What types of ailments and conditions does it help with? Keep reading and you will understand why I never miss a day with my Turmeric supplement.

Basic Knowledge Of The Cure-All Plant

Turmeric is a plant, rich and golden in color, that is used primarily in Indian and Asian cuisine, and for medicinal reasons. If you’re reading this, chances are you have seen or heard something about it, and you are wondering if Turmeric is really all its cracked up to be.

The short answer, yes. YES.

It comes in either its raw form, as a powder, or in capsules as a supplement. Because of its nutrient density (it is high in Fiber, Iron, and Vitamin C), it is highly esteemed in India and parts of Asia, and you will likely get a taste of it if you can get your hands on some traditional curry.

My mother grew up in Thailand, so curry was an every week thing in our home. If you have a palate for rich, savory dishes..you will probably want to try it in it’s powdered form in a recipe. If you like it…awesome..because it is a little easier absorbed when eaten as a food source, in combination with black pepper.

Turmeric has also made quite a name for itself in the field of Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, as its active ingredient, Curcumin, is an extreme anti-inflammatory and possesses crazy good anti-microbial properties, as well.

Holding the potential to prevent and even cure such things as arthritis, colic, toothache, dermatitis, asthma, and allergies…Turmeric has rightly been referred to as “a medicine cabinet in a jar”.

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Anti-Inflammatory Overload

Based solely on its anti-inflammatory qualities, the active in ingredient Curcumin can:

  • Suppress and decrease the inflammatory response in people with IBD (such as Crohn’s Disease) by aiding in the production of digestive enzymes.
  • Act as an allevient to the more than 250 million people to date suffering with Osteoarthritis by reducing the inflammation that cause pain and discomfort.

    Anti-inflammatory properties relieve arthritis pain
  • Prevent such neurodegenerative diseases such as MS by regulating and inhibiting inflammation which is so common in autoimmune disorders.
  • Alleviate and prevent skin conditions such as Skin Dermatitis and Psoriasis (p.s if you are a sufferer of psoriasis- I used to watch my dad itch until his entire body was irritated because of his psoriasis, so trying Turmeric may be worthwhile for you!) by reducing the associated inflammation.
  • Decrease the induced histamines when one is suffering from allergies by more than 50%, and widen the very narrow passageways in the throat that are caused by asthma.

Basically, anything that you would take an anti-inflammatory for, Turmeric Curcumin is also effective for.

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Elimination Of Free-Loading Free-Radicals

As far as its anti-oxidant qualities go, Turmeric Curcumin may:

  • Assist in the prevention of cancer by reducing the free-radicals that the body takes in. In fact, in Southeast Asia, Curcumin is used in a holistic approach to treating cancer.
  • Attack the free-radicals that come into contact with the skin (especially in high-pollutant areas), essentially slowing the aging process as a whole.
  • Boost the immune system substantially. (I’m pretty sure I had the flu last week..but I only felt about half of the symptoms associated with it.)

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General Wellness

I’m pretty pumped (and biased) by this one. Curcumin is said to boost the Serotonin and Dopamine in the brain…ultimately resulting in a decrease in symptoms in people suffering with anxiety and depression.

Personal testimony– Since beginning to take Turmeric in capsule form around the middle of last year, I have experienced a noticeable improvement in my overall outlook. I don’t feel as overwhelmed or down-trodden, and I feel as though I am so much more productive.

I have been taking a prescription medication as well, but have not had much success until recently, and the Turmeric has been in my system the entire time. So, there’s that 🙂

Cholesterol normalizing is also on the list with this all-encompassing plant.

Finally, to top it off, Curcumin is safe, being that it is non-steroidal (always check with a doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding), and is stronger than Cortisone.

How To Take It

First of all, I recommend using it in recipes or ingesting it in its powder form if you enjoy the taste. Whatever you are choosing to eat the Turmeric with, be sure to add some black pepper so that it can be easily absorbed into the system.

If you are suffering from a chronic condition, you can take as little as 1,000 mg per day, or with a more acute problem such as sharp pain from arthritis, up to 4 tablespoons of powder could be used, just be sure to experiment with a little at a time. Don’t overdo it.

Because of the spice-like, rich taste, Turmeric could blend well in coffee or latte, curry, golden milk, stew, soup, and stir-fry. Play around with it and discover how much or how little you like in your dishes.

Like stated above, you can also take a Turmeric supplement, just be sure that it includes black pepper for easy absorption- like this one.

It really is a plant of many uses and treatments, so the possibilities are quite endless.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

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Have a blessed and beautiful day!

Love,

Darci

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10 thoughts on “Turmeric Curcumin- What It Does And How To Use It

  1. Turmeric is an amazing plant that I haven’t had much to do with except using it in cooking for certain dishes.  I know it has many awesome benefits for your health but has yet used it as a daily source of goodness.

    Interesting plant that has been used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for years on a variety of problems, and an anti-inflammatory replacement, which means you could ditch all of your regular medication if you knew the correct dosages of Turmeric!  I love this one Curcumin is said to boost the Serotonin and Dopamine in the brain which is a really good side effect, we all need a better diet so that we can live a more positive healthier life.

    1. Kris, I’m so glad you found some useful info in the post! Yes, it’s anti-inflammatory properties are what makes it so great! It definitely has helped me to perk up and given me a little bit of a boost as far as hormone levels, and I take it every day in capsule form, so I definitely stand behind that! I totally agree that a better diet leads to a healthier lifestyle and state of mind. 

  2. Hi Darci, I found this article to be very helpful as I always wanted to know more about curcumin. Honestly, I was thinking that people overdo things about this spice but now I can see that it have really good benefits for our health. I also heard that turmeric is great for weight loss, you think it is really true? If it is, I would like to use it with my tea every morning.

    1. Daniel, Turmeric can absolutely play a role in assisting with weight loss. It is not a key component, like exercising and nutrition, but if you drink it in your tea it will likely reduce bloating and inflammation in the stomach and digestive system. With regularity, this could help with weight loss. 

  3. Hi Darci:

    Great post you got here. I have heard of a lot of good stuffs about turmeric from my naturopathy doctor. I have consulted her many times and she kept recommending turmeric in form of supplement every-time. As we know that cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. There are many studies showing turmeric to have powerful positive effect on heart. I agree with you that, turmeric seems to play a role in preventing several processes that can eventually lead to heart disease by acting as an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. In fact, It has even been suggested that the use of turmeric could be just as effective as the use of a statin drug.

    Thanks for your review..

    Anthony

    1. Tony, thank you! Yes, turmeric is such a great supplement, and i have done quite a bit of research that supports the thought that it is helpful in preventing heart disease! 

  4. Hi Darci,I love the name of your site! As I see, you have a really great sections, I will bookmark this. I use curcumin almost every day – I put it in green tea or mint and drink, or I put it on honey (1 spoon) and eat. Since I started using it, I noticed that I feel more energetic. Also, I’m more concentrated on my work. Of course, it took about one month to see bigger changes, but it was great the first day I used it.I’m really satisfied with its beneficial effects.Curcumin is great, I haven’t heard of Tumeric before. These are related, as I can see… both are great. I would love to try this also, I believe that it is also powerful in defending organism.I just don’t get if this is like, one product – Tumeric Curcumin, is it a mix from Tumeric and Curcumin?Best wishes,Susan

    1. Hi, Susan!! Wow, i’m so glad to hear from someone who has also seen the benefits of Curcumin. It does make noticeable changes in the energy level for sure. I’ll have to try putting a little in my tea! Actually, Curcumin is the active ingredient in Turmeric. So you are probably using Turmeric when you use the powder form, and the Curcumin is what has the antioxidant and antiinflammatory properties. 

  5. I had no idea there were so many benefits of using Turmeric Curcumin. I’ll definitely be trying to incorporate more of it in my cooking. Would the ground turmeric powder that you can get from grocery stores be a good start or should I look into purchasing from a health food store? 

    And thanks for the tip of adding black pepper with turmeric powder to aid absorption!

    1. Hi, Fiona! Well, it really depends on how much of a “clean eating” person you are. You will know with the organic Turmeric from the natural food store that it doesn’t contain any trace of chemicals or pesticide, and the color will be a little bit richer and more vibrant. But i have previously purchased mine from the grocery store and it has been just fine! And yes! If you purchase a supplement capsule, be sure to look for one that has piperine in it (an element of black pepper that aids in absorption).

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