It’s time for a #TrainingTips post and today we’re talking about Turmeric.
We all know what Turmeric is right? Know doubt it’s in all of our spice racks at home for when we are making a home made Ruby (curry). But did you know Turmeric is fast becoming one of the hottest things on the planet in the world superfoods and natural medications.
Turmeric and in particular curcumin which is the active ingredient in turmeric has had over 6000 peer reviewed articles published about it’s health boosting and health benefits, which is up there with some of the most popular studied herbs ever. So why have so little people heard about it’s medicinal properties?
Turmeric contains bioactive compounds with powerful health benefits that include:
- Natural anti-inflammatory
- Beneficial to people suffering from depression
- Increases the antioxidant capacity of the body
- Improve brain function
- Lower risk of brain diseases
- Lower risk of heart disease
- Help prevent and even treat cancer
- Treatment for joint pains like arthritis
- Diabetes management
- Digestive health
- Cholesterol regulator
Seriously it’s crazy how many benefits turmeric as been linked to and to think all this from a plant and in particular it’s root.
Now you may be reading this fully aware of the powers of turmeric but for the majority of people that I have spoken to about this, very few knew the best way to make use of the turmeric taken. You see turmeric is a fat soluble herb meaning fat needs to be present for it to be bioavailable to the body. Studies have shown that when turmeric is taken with black pepper and a dietary fat the bioavailability is drastically increased.
Just the thought of taking turmeric and black pepper may be making some peoples eyes water already, but don’t worry we are only talking small quantities, specifically a 20:1 ratio of turmeric and black pepper. The studies show that the amount of turmeric needed in the diet to show any health benefits is only 1/50th of a teaspoon, with higher recommended doses up to about a teaspoon a day.
So when combining in a meal using turmeric and black pepper it isn’t really a huge deal for the potential benefits we will receive. I always have it in the morning with my vanilla shake and porridge and yes it’s a strange colour. At that time I always take an omega3 supplement too so it is the perfect time to take advantage of the omega3 fats to help boost the bioavailability of the turmeric. Plus there are studies that show when turmeric is taken with a fat containing DHA (seafood fat) there is a greater amount of DHA utilised in the brain that can potentially boost brain power.
While some of the health benefits is hard to tell without before and after blood sampling and other potential benefits being more about longevity effects I don’t know if I will really benefit from taking it but the research is compelling. I know I have felt that I can concentrate better and also feel more focused when multitasking, as well as helping with muscle soreness post training sessions (DOMS). And just like anything even though turmeric is a good, we can always have too much of a good thing, so always follow the guidelines and start small.
Have a great weekend guys.
Stay strong and live, love and laugh!