Turmeric and Ayurveda

Turmeric (Haldi), is considered to be one of the most important herbs in ayurveda and has been used for 4,000 years as a preventive and healing agent. Turmeric has long been recognized for its medicinal properties, as it is a major source of the polyphenol curcumin. USA FDA granted “Generally Recognized as Safe” (GRAS) status to Turmeric. It has been used traditionally for almost every human ailment and many of these historic uses have been scientifically validated with application in modern times.

What are the Benefits of Turmeric?

  • Turmeric is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging. It is excellent for digestion, helping to reduce gas, bloating, cramping and colic and aids the digestion of protein.
  • Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it is used in the treatment of a variety of skin problems, arthritis, and joint inflammation. It protects against heart disease; cleansing the blood, reducing cholesterol.
  • It is also anti-biotic and brilliant for wound healing both internally and externally.
  • In particular, curcumin aids in the management of oxidative and inflammatory conditions, metabolic syndrome, arthritis, anxiety, and hyperlipidemia, cancer, etc.

Why turmeric is poorly absorbed in body?

  • Health benefits of any food or herb is based on its key active ingredient. Turmeric contains curcumin which is one of the key active ingredients
  • Turmeric and its comprising curcumin have a low absorption rate and therefore a rather low bioavailability, meaning the good stuff is in there, but our bodies struggle to access it
  • The reason for this is that curcumin dissolves in fat, rather than in water, and as the digestive system is a rather watery environment, most of it just ends up being excreted by the body. We also know that the small amount that is absorbed is then rapidly metabolized. These factors result in low bioavailability, which means that very little curcumin is available for the body to use which results into minimal benefits to human body.

Piperine Increases the absorption of curcumin?

  • Piperine, a compound found in black pepper that’s responsible for its pungency, can greatly improve absorption of turmeric in the body
  • Piperine is said to help make curcumin more bioavailable. This could be because it could inhibit certain intestinal digestive enzymes. This increases the amount of any drug or supplement that can be absorbed by the body
  • Scientific studies shown that with the addition of Piperine, the absorption of curcumin increases by 2000% giving maximum benefits to human body