Updated: May 27, 2019
Turmeric is far more than the traditional Indian spice which gives curries their vibrant golden color. It is recognized, not only as a food additive, but also as a medicine with health benefits dating back to ancient times. This combination has earned turmeric the nickname - The “Spice of Life”.₁
Turmeric has a long history of medicinal use in Indian Ayurvedic medicine, which stretches back 4500 years (2500 BCE) as well as in traditional Chinese medicine. There are over 100 different terms for 'turmeric' in Ayurvedic literature, such as jayanti, which translates to “one who is victorious over diseases,”. In Indian culture, such is the importance of turmeric that it transcends medicine and is considered auspicious and sacred within the Hindi religion.
Over the years, clinical studies have extensively looked at turmeric’s potential healing properties and over 2000 published studies currently underlie its well-deserved reputation as a potent medicinal herb.
Of all the medicinal herbs I've researched and written about, turmeric has always generated the most interest. This ‘benefits of turmeric’ page has consistently ranked in the top handful of pages on this site since 2006!
Turmeric’s star has continued its sustained rise in recent years, easily earning it the ‘nutritional superfood of 2019’ title. The abundance of consistently positive research, from both the east and west, establishing its celebrated multi-spectrum medicinal activity, clearly proves, however, that it is far from just another passing health fad or the latest ‘in-vogue’ health ingredient having a moment!
Turmeric’s traditional health benefits center around its multi-faceted anti-inflammatory and cleansing properties, however evidence from modern science also links it to substantially more. Read on to discover the numerous ways you can integrate this amazing spice into your daily health regime.Turmeric is a relative of the ginger family (Zingiberaceae). The botanical (scientific) name of the turmeric plant is Curcuma longa.
And there's more! Additional health benefits are observed through its pain suppressing ability. Most of the studies to date have been on animals however Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine has recorded the medicinal health benefits of turmeric in humans over a long period of time.
Studies suggest the most recognized health benefits of turmeric to be:
This study found:
"All fractions of the turmeric extract preparation exhibited pronounced antioxidant activity, which was assigned to the presence of curcumin and other polyphenols" (J Pharm Pharmacol. 2003 Jul; 55(7):981-6.)
To access the abstract of this study please click here
In India, researchers are focusing on the positive results of treating diabetic patients with curcumin to prevent diabetic health complications. Turmeric is also cited in Spanish research for its ability to decrease the impact of high-fat diets and to help liver function in breaking down fatty tissue.
As with any herbal extract it is important to take this herb according to label directions in order to derive the strongest (but safest) benefits of turmeric. Few side effects have been reported in individuals taking turmeric at recommended dosages.
If you are allergic to spices including turmeric or yellow food colourings you should avoid turmeric. This applies to any allergies you may have to any plants of the ginger family.
With large doses or long term use turmeric may increase stomach acid levels and possibly lead to heartburn, ulcers, stomach irritation or gallstones. Mild side effects can include skin rash or dizziness.
Theoretically, turmeric may increase the risk of bleeding when used with anticoagulants (blood thinners) or antiplatelet drugs - be sure to mention any herbs you take to your doctor as he may require you to stop taking them prior to surgery.
If you have been diagnosed with gallstones, obstructions of the bile ducts, stomach or intestinal ulcers, high levels of stomach acid, immune system diseases or liver conditions you should first talk to you physician before using this herb.
The benefits and side effects of turmeric are unlikely to be known by many doctors so it's IMPORTANT to find one who is familiar with herbal treatments or is prepared to research the issue for you!
DO NOT take turmeric health supplements if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Turmeric may stimulate contractions of the uterus and may cause irregular fluctuations in menstrual periods.
Turmeric benefits can be offset by its potential to react with some prescription drugs - so if you are taking any consult your doctor before taking turmeric in any supplement form.
When used in isolation, turmeric will not produce the same results for everybody!
If you wish to take turmeric for preventative health-care reasons it should be taken in combination with other well-known medicinal herbs (and piperine), as an ingredient in a science-based, multi-nutrient vitamin/health supplement. So, let's look at some key criteria when shopping for, or comparing, premium grade health supplements.
'Total Balance' from Xtend-Life is a health supplement which I believe has set a new standard in the supplement industry.
Total Balance is NOT a multi vitamin/mineral supplement!
Comparing a multi vitamin/mineral supplement formula with the Total Balance formula is like comparing a yacht with an ocean liner!
It's a highly sophisticated, science-based multi-nutrient health Supplement!
The bio-scientist who created Total Balance (Prof. Dr. A Munem Daoud PhD., MSc., ND,)(now deceased) was one of the world's most renowned scientists with both a pharmaceutical and natural substance background. As just one notable example, NASA had him creating natural brain formulas for their astronauts!
Wouldn't you want the peace of mind that comes from knowing your supplement has been created by one of the world's most RENOWNED EXPERTS in supplement formulation?
Total Balance will provide you with the maximum health benefits of turmeric!
Total Balance Women's Premium contains 18 standardized extracts (including turmeric)
Total Balance Men's Premium contains 15 standardized extracts (including turmeric)
Of course Total Balance meets every one of the criteria listed above and much more. The different versions (regular and premium) contain:
Which support every organ and system in your body, including both your skin and brain. If you would like to read further information about Total Balance you can use the following links to jump to the TB product pages on the Xtend-Life website.
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Total Balance Children's Version
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Total Balance is the only health supplement available today which contains the 'specialized ingredients' needed to defy:
ALL FIVE OF THE PRIMARY CAUSES OF AGING:
The Total Balance formula is cutting edge. It contains key ingredients from all nutrient categories:
This is the health supplement that my family and I use. I began with Total Balance in 2000.
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High-quality human studies are therefore needed to conclusively confirm turmeric's effectiveness especially for major conditions like Cancer, AIDS, Heart Disease and so on.
Turmeric is a unique herb which should always be included as a standardized herbal extract in science-based, multi-ingredient health supplements aimed at enhanced full body protection and overall wellness.