What is turmeric?
A spice derived from the rhizomes of the tropical plant curcuma longa, turmeric is a member of the ginger family. Like ginger, turmeric is a root and the two look quite similar side by side until you slice them open. Ginger has a relatively yellow interior while turmeric has a sharp orange color. In addition to its use as a spice and pigment, turmeric has been used in India for medicinal purposes for centuries. It was mainly utilized to help support the skin, joints, and digestive system. Turmeric is an excellent source of many different healthful molecules.
While modern medicine has come a long way, time-tested turmeric has still been shown to have many benefits. With a more scientific lens and the ability to assess the nutrient content of turmeric, the spice has upheld itself as an excellent source of antioxidants and other nutrients. Its powerful antioxidant properties are shown to have a multitude of health benefits including supporting brain, heart, skin, and gastrointestinal health, plus joint mobility and metabolic function.
While turmeric has been utilized medicinally in the past, that only represents a portion of its utilization. Turmeric is also well known as a spice in many different dishes. With a unique earthy and bitter flavor profile, it is a part of many popular dishes and beverages.
Ways to Incorporate Turmeric Into Your Diet
Turmeric is an interesting and quite tasty spice, and with the right recipe you can be well on your way to enjoying the many health benefits of this superfood. Turmeric is a rather versatile spice as it can be added to beverages, or entrees.
Below is a closer look at how you can incorporate more turmeric into your diet.
Warm beverages are a great way to enjoy a cozy night in or on a chilly day out. Many people enjoy the flavor of a nice coffee, but the caffeine content can keep you up all night long. Teas are often the warm beverage of choice for the evening, but sometimes tea can also contain unwanted caffeine.
A golden latte is essentially a spice-based milk tea. As the name implies, the latte is a sharp golden color and is a great evening beverage to curb your sweet tooth or help you relax for bed. A golden latte typically contains a milk base, turmeric powder, cinnamon, ginger root, and a natural sweetener like honey.
Turmeric is a vital spice to curry and contributes greatly to its unique spiced flavor. Curry comes in many forms. Typically, a curry dish contains a grain like rice, vegetables, and a protein such as meat or tofu. The signature thing that makes curry is the blend of spices within the sauce.
A typical curry sauce can be bought nearly anywhere and is an easy dish to make at home. Simply cook up some rice, cook up a mix of vegetables, and add the sauce. Trying new foods is a great way to find your new favorite dish, and trying to add curry into your repertoire of foods can help you to increase turmeric in your diet.
If you find that the taste of turmeric is a little much, you can opt to add it to your smoothies to dilute it among other flavors. A standard fruit smoothie is a great way to hide unwanted flavors from healthful ingredients while still incorporating them into your diet. For this reason, many people add ingredients like leafy greens, vegetables, and even supplements into a breakfast smoothie, and turmeric can make a home here, too.
Curcumin, it's turmeric, but better
The bright yellow-orange color of turmeric comes mainly from pigments known as curcuminoids. The most active and powerful curcuminoid is called curcumin.
Curcumin interacts beneficially with a large number of molecules and tissues in the body. The growing evidence that curcumin may have significant health benefits has renewed scientific interest in its potential and made it one of the most thoroughly researched natural compounds today. A search for curcumin on the US National Library of Medicine’s Pubmed database yields almost 17,000 entries.
These benefits could include:
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Supports brain function
- Increases antioxidant levels
- Heart health
But there is a downside, unfortunately, there is only around 3% by weight, curcumin in turmeric. This means that in order to get the health-giving properties you will need to consume a large volume of turmeric.
Additionally, in its natural form, curcumin is not soluble in water and is poorly absorbed by the gut. This (again) means that large doses are required to achieve health benefits.
How to increase the absorption of turmeric?
Absorption or 'bio-availability' can actually solve both of the above issues.
Bio-availability: the proportion of a medicine, dietary supplement or other substance which enters the circulation when introduced into the body and so is able to have an active effect.
A team of university neuro-scientists at Longvida® developed a patented multi-step process that increases the bio-availability of curcumin between 65-100 times more effective than standard curcumin.
The product preserves and protects the curcumin from the harsh environment of the stomach, dissolves it at the point of absorption in the GI tract, and delivers curcumin into the bloodstream and target tissues. It is able to provide effective amounts of curcumin to target tissues at easily managed daily doses.
Where can I find Longvida® Curcumin?
While there are countless ways to integrate turmeric into the foods you eat, it may be advantageous to take a highly bioavailable form of curcumin, like Longvida® Curcumin.
Here at MitoQ, we have launched a new breakthrough, double-action formulation targeting the brain and digestive health MitoQ +Curcumin.
By pairing our unique, powerful antioxidant compound MitoQ, with Longvida® Curcumin, we have created a research-based, easily-digested and very potent formula for anyone seeking brain or digestive system support. Also for anyone looking for maintaining energy levels and long-term organ health.
The addition of mitoquinol ensures that your cells’ mitochondria are supported on a cellular level. MitoQ is a modified CoQ10 molecule that gets into mitochondria in meaningful amounts compared to other CoQ10 supplements.
With both MitoQ and Longvida® Curcumin, you can rest assured that you are getting the absolute best value for your supplements and that your body is actually able to utilize these powerhouse ingredients where intended.
In summary, turmeric is an incredible spice for its flavors and healthful qualities. By tossing it in curry, a golden latte, or a smoothie, you can effectively add turmeric into your everyday diet.
Turmeric has many beneficial components, but one of the most coveted in curcumin. Curcumin encompasses only a small portion of turmeric but it is one of the most beneficial to the body for its antioxidant properties, gastrointestinal support, and immune system support.
Through the isolation and effective deliverance of curcumin patented by Longvida®, you are able to get more of the beneficial antioxidant into your system. Longvida® Curcumin takes one of the world’s most powerful and valuable spices and improves upon it to allow you to get more benefit. Pair this with MitoQ, and your body is well on its way to supported health for the long run!
Turmeric is definitely the rising star of the health world, with its healing benefits now being praised around the globe.
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