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Years of research have gone into exploring this herb's incredible health benefits, making turmeric one of the most studied botanicals in modern science. These health benefits have been backed by scientific evidence time and time again, especially those tied to one of its most renowned healing compounds – curcumin.
Curcumin is the main active ingredient found in turmeric, and it possesses powerful antioxidant properties that can combat oxidative stress and promote overall health. This natural compound is responsible for many of the potent health benefits of turmeric. (Related: 5 Evidence-Based Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin.)
Turmeric is often added to curries and other dishes, but it is so much more than a regular spice. Many people frequently take turmeric for its various health-promoting properties. If you haven't tried turmeric yet, here are a few good reasons why you should start including this powerful herb in your diet:
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Turmeric contains a renowned healing compound called curcumin that possesses powerful antioxidant properties. As for black pepper, around 5% of it is composed of the active phenolic compound piperine. It might not sound like much, but if you add even just a pinch of black pepper to turmeric, it can substantially boost the bioavailability of curcumin.
Piperine has a two-fold effect on curcumin. First, it makes it easier for curcumin to pass through your intestinal walls and into your bloodstream. At the same time, it helps slow the breakdown of curcumin in the liver, greatly enhancing and retaining its overall potency when it reaches your bloodstream. You can take the potency of this combination a step further by making your own organic turmeric paste.
Buyer beware: Most turmeric products on the market are contaminated with lead. Don’t risk your health on low-quality, contaminated forms of turmeric. Knowing where your natural health products come from – and how they are created – is extremely important to avoid potentially harmful contaminants.
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