You’ve probably read stuff about Turmeric in the papers recently. Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow colour. It has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb. And Forever Living launched a joint supplement recently called Forever Move that is based on Turmeric and Egg Shell Membrane. Ask my husband – it’s awesome…
So I thought I’d look at Turmeric in more detail and see what else it does apart from making your curry yellow and being good for your joints!
Turmeric is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia, and requires temperatures between 20 and 30 °C and a considerable amount of annual rainfall to thrive. The active ingredient in Turmeric is Curcumin. However, the Curcumin content of Turmeric is not that high… it’s around 3%, by weight. So if you want to use it for medicinal purposes you need to get an Turmeric/Curcumin extract rather than use the spice on your shelf. Curcumin is the part of Turmeric that has the anti-inflammatory properties and is a powerful anti-oxidant. That is why Forever Living use high grade Bio-Curcumin in their joint supplement…
So let’s have a look at the properties of Curcumin.
Anti-Inflammatory & Joint Health
Chronic inflammation is known to be a contributor to many common Western diseases. Curcumin is a bioactive substance that fights inflammation at the molecular level. In several studies, its potency has compared favourably to anti-inflammatory pharmaceutical drugs… except without the side effects!
Arthritis is a common disorder characterized by joint inflammation. In a study of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, Curcumin was even more effective than an anti-inflammatory drug. Many other studies have looked at the effects of Curcumin on arthritis and noted improvements in various symptoms. One of the most promising studies found that Turmeric extract supplements worked just as well as ibuprofen in patients with knee osteoarthritis. (That’s probably why Paul’s knees are so much better now he takes our Forever Move!)
Curcumin has powerful antioxidant effects. It doesn’t just neutralise free radicals in your body, it also stimulates the body’s own antioxidant enzymes. If you want to find out more about anti-oxidants and oxidative stress have a look at my blog about this subject (https://heikeshealthybunch.wordpress.com/2017/08/13/are-you-oxidatively-stressed/).
So if you are an active person – Curcumin isn’t just good for your joints but also helps you fight those free radicals you have created in your body through the exercise.
It’s probably no surprise that with Curcumin being a powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory it also has beneficial effects on heart disease. It also improves the function of the endothelium, and helps with blood flow. In one study, 121 patients who were undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery were randomised to either placebo or 4 grams of Curcumin per day, a few days before and after the surgery. The Curcumin group had a 65% decreased risk of experiencing a heart attack in the hospital.
This is a straight copy and paste from an article as I can’t say it any better! Turmeric helps regulate the immune system and reduces skin inflammation, says Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City. “The skin is our biggest organ,” says Levin. “It’s our barrier to the outside world, and a lot of skin conditions we see are issues due to our immune systems. Most recently, studies have shown that when [turmeric] is added to moisturizer, it reduces fine lines and wrinkles,” says Levin. Turmeric also contains a mineral called manganese, which supports collagen production.
And if all of these benefits aren’t enough there are even some early studies that Curcumin boosts levels of the brain hormone BDNF, which increases the growth of new neurons and fights various degenerative processes in the brain. But that needs to be explored more by science before we can call it an Alzheimer cure.
Along with the possible benefits of brain function a study in 60 depressed patients showed that Curcumin was as effective as Prozac in alleviating the symptoms of depression. And those patients who had Prozac and Curcumin did lots better than those on Turmeric or Prozac alone.
Well all of this sounds to me like Curcumin is a seriously good thing to add to your diet/supplements. I’m actually considering taking the Forever Move myself now. My joints are doing pretty well, but with all the other benefits it might be worth taking it anyway! However please be aware that if you are on any medication it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor before starting any kind of supplements. And of course if you are pregnant or breastfeeding the same thing applies!
If you are interested in our Forever Move that my husband has seen such amazing effects with on his knees – here is the link to my shop. https://www.foreverliving.com/retail/entry/Shop.do?store=GBR&language=en&distribID=440500072227&itemCode=551
And don’t forget there is a 60 day unconditional money back guarantee should it not work for you or you aren’t happy for any reason.