The Incredible Power of Turmeric (and how to consume it everyday)
11th May 2020
Turmeric is one of Pukka’s hero herbs. The potential health benefits of this vibrant root for our own wellbeing are vast, and there has been abundant recent research to demonstrate this.
Turmeric is well known as a spice used in Indian cuisine. In fact, its traditional Indian uses span far beyond this: it has been used for centuries to help keep the skin pure, the blood clean and the life long. It is a characteristically special herb - nothing is quite like this distinctive yellow root!
Part of the reason turmeric is so special is because of the unique, strong yellow color. These yellow pigments are collectively known as curcuminoids. The root is also brimming with essential oils known as tumerones. The curcuminoids and the turmerones work together within the body as powerful antioxidants helping to attack free radicals which can damage and age our bodies. They also stimulate a healthy inflammation response while also enhancing circulation, protecting the brain, rejuvenating the liver and targeting pain.
The health benefits of taking turmeric everyday
- Turmeric actively inhibits inflammatory pathways within the body, making turmeric a first choice for inflammation of the musculoskeletal system and the digestive system.
- Research has shown that turmeric impacts upon certain pain receptors within the body; it has been demonstrated as being particularly effective for chest and abdominal pain, frozen shoulder and menstrual cramping.
- Turmeric has a significant action upon the heart and the circulation. It will improve the flow of blood to the heart and encourage anti-platelet activity, reducing the risk of plaque build up in the arteries.
- Turmeric also improves blood flow through the liver, improving the efficacy of liver detoxification pathways but also stimulating cellular repair mechanisms in damaged liver cells. This improvement in blood flow and quality impacts significantly upon the quality of the skin, and turmeric can therefore be an excellent remedy for many afflictions of the skin.
Turmeric for Active Spring Wellness
Spring is a vibrant and active time, and our innate energies do increase with this season. With the impulse to be more active, increase our daily exercise, and especially move our body while staying home, turmeric is an ideal herbal hero to consume every day to support active recovery, and modulate our inflammatory response from exercising.
Taking turmeric before and after our movement practice is a wonderful daily wellness habit to support our inflammation response during our workouts, and support recovery or muscle aches and pains post workout. In Ayurveda, turmeric is considered tri-doshic, meaning it is an ideal herb hero for all dosha types (vata, pitta, and kapha), and can be taken at any time of day.
What is the best way to take turmeric?
There are so many ways to enjoy turmeric! In your food, as supplements, or in tea! And consistency is key for reaping the benefits of this treasured herb. Turmeric has a short “half-life”, which means it doesn’t hang out in the body for very long. Because of this, it is important to take turmeric throughout the day rather than in a small, single dose, so that we can experience a greater benefit of turmeric over a longer period of time. Turmeric is also very poorly absorbed on it’s own. However, when combined with black pepper, the absorption of turmeric increases significantly.
When you consume turmeric powder with your meals, make sure to add just a bit of black pepper along with it, in your curries, soups, smoothies, or even oatmeal. Adding ¼ teaspoon three times as day with your meals is a wonderful way to include turmeric in your daily diet. As tea, enjoy 2-3 cups throughout the day in combination with other supportive herbs such as ginger, triphala, green tea, or lemon.
Enjoy Turmeric with Pukka Tea Blends
Turmeric Active - The essential turmeric blend for the active lifestyle. Run wild. Life is for living! Feel your body pulse with Turmeric Active tea while the warmth of ginger, turmeric and galangal support your every move. Discover this warm, spicy and invigorating blend with hints of orange essential oil, perfect to consume before and after workouts. Naturally caffeine free and ethically sourced, 100% organically grown ingredients.
Turmeric Glow - Perfect to take in the mornings or early afternoon. Start your day with the glow of golden turmeric and organic green tea. An elegantly sweet formula made with 100% organically grown and ethically sourced herbs, this is the perfect uplifting tea blend to begin your every spring morning. Lifted by lemon and cardamom and gently sweetened with licorice, this delicious turmeric blend tastes incredible warm or chilled!