Not to boast, but around 6000 clinical studies claim me to be one of the world’s most powerful healing herbs. Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic specialists have cottoned on to this hot secret and have put my medicinal properties to use for centuries. While I do contain an impressive array of vitamins and minerals, about 5-10% of me is an active compound which goes by name of curcumin. Not only is he to thank for my golden glow, but also my potent anti-inflammatory properties which may help relieve pain, especially headaches, toothaches and joint pain.
Numerous studies believe my anti-inflammatory abilities to be as effective as over-the-counter agents, and as I am non-toxic, I won’t give you any nasty side effects. Why is reducing inflammation important? Inflammation affects every aspect of your health and science has shown that chronic inflammation is the root cause for many diseases including diabetes, cancer, heart disease, depression and allergies. Yep, it’s not just your sore knee or exercise-induced muscle pain I can help with, I’m a ‘body-wide’ inflammatory fighter.
I’ve got all the goods to “spice up” your immune system and am a rich source of Vitamin C. My anti-oxidant properties mean I combat free radicals that are linked to oxidative stress, accelerated signs of ageing, weakened immune function and poor cellular health. I’m also a natural antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral agent. I know it seems like I’m “anti” everything, but I have a lot of love for you and will care for your natural gut flora like it’s part of the family. Enjoy improved digestion and a reduction in bloating and gas and you’ll know what I’m on about. Curcumin is also responsible for my protective nature over your cardiovascular system. It enables me to keep your blood vessels in good nick by preventing oxidation of cholesterol which ultimately prevents heart disease.
As well as improving your overall brain function, I am also one of the top 5 foods that can help to protect you from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. I have an ability to remove amyloid plaque build-up in the brain, the protein involved in multiple neurodegenerative diseases. I also increase levels of growth hormones responsible for the growth and repair of new neurons.
Just in case you aren’t convinced of my super powers, I may also aid in lowering bad cholesterol, healing stomach ulcers, improving liver detoxification, aiding in fat metabolism and weight management, promoting youthful radiant skin, assisting wound healing and promoting a healthy mood.
I’m confident you all know me well, but is it for the right reasons? I’ve been around a long, long time making all your favourite foods pop and bringing excitement to the plate. But what about my powerful medicinal properties? I’m more than just a great seasoning spice. On par with curcumin, my most amazing active compound answers to the name of piperine. Piperine and curcumin are true soulmates.
Curcumin has a low bioavailability, meaning that once ingested, a large percentage gets metabolized before it can be absorbed by your body. Piperine is said to be able to inhibit certain digestive enzymes involved in curcumin’s metabolism, leading to a higher bioavailability of the compound. Unless turmeric is taken with a healthy dose of me, most if it will go unused by your bodies. As studies have proven, piperine skyrockets the bioavailability of curcumin by 2000% thus potentiating its effects.
I’ve earned my black belt through thousands of years fighting against multiple illnesses and inflammatory disorders. You can just refer to me as a disease fighting ninja. My secret weapon, gingerol, has the ability to inhibit the growth of certain bacteria, assisting your body’s immune function. It is especially effective against oral bacteria, protecting against inflammatory conditions such as periodontitis and gingivitis.
I’m a natural antioxidant, antibacterial and antifungal agent, and, thanks to my warming effects, I may induce fever which helps the body sweat out toxins. As a bonus, my thermogenic properties will also give your metabolism a hefty boost. I assist in the removal of mucous from the throat and lungs as I’m a potent expectorant, encouraging fast recovery from colds, flus, bronchitis and other respiratory disorders.
You can count on me to get your digestive juices flowing. I have a long history of providing gastrointestinal support, alleviating gas and bloating and relaxing and soothing intestinal muscles, treating spasms and cramps. I will improve your digestion and improve absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body. Studies indicate that I'm superior to over-the-counter medicines when it comes to treating nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness and pregnancy and can be a completely safe ally for you during this time.
The active compounds I contain, gingerols, are what enable me to work my magic against inflammation. Like curcumin, I have proven benefits against an array of inflammatory disorders, we make one fearsome and fantastic team fighting in your corner.
I have the reputation of being the ultimate metabolism booster, although there’s a lot more to me than meets the eye. What makes me so beautiful is capsaicin. which is not only a powerful antioxidant in its own right, it stimulates absorption of curcumin in a similar way to piperine, enhancing its wondrous effects. Just 1 teaspoon of me contains 44% Vitamin A, the other half has a healthy mix of vitamins E, C, B6, K and manganese and potassium. I boost immunity, am a natural antifungal and antibacterial agent and just like my good friend gingerol I also assist in mucous breakdown and clearance; promoting speedy recovery from colds and flus.
I also increase the production of saliva contributing to optimal oral health and increase the flow of digestive enzymes aiding excellent digestion. Your tummies will be grateful when there is less bloating, gas and discomfort as well as improved metabolism of food and elimination of waste and toxins. It’s no coincidence that my beautiful bright appearance is similar to the liquid life flowing through your veins.
Heart health is my forte. By preventing oxidation of LDLs - the bad kind of cholesterol - I can potentially help to reduce atherosclerosis and prevent factors that lead to blood clot formation. This effectively prevents against heart attack and stroke. Clinical trials have also proven my ability to promote relaxation of blood vessels which helps to maintain healthy blood pressure.
I’m a taste sensation. When you see my little black speckles you know what’s about to hit your lips is going to be good, am I right? There may be a more complex reason for why I entice you so; ancient Mayans have believed in my natural aphrodisiac properties for centuries. They know I have the power to enhance your natural love and happiness hormones and I’m not afraid to do so.
I have a dual action, calming nerves, inducing feelings of euphoria, bliss and relaxation as well as stimulating the libido. Thanks to my mineral content of magnesium, potassium and calcium, I am exceptionally powerful at enhancing brain and mood health also. I contain the ultimate balancing mineral, magnesium, which aids both in relaxation and energy production through its ability to regulate the nervous system. It’s been shown to relax nervous tension and alleviate mild anxiety and depression.
Potassium, through its many cardiovascular benefits, reduces stress and tension through relaxing blood vessels and reducing blood pressure. Calcium is known to reduce cortisol, the body’s stress hormone which is associated with depression, anxiety, mood swings and weight gain. I’m not done showing off yet. Vanillin, the active compound responsible for making me such a superhero, is a rich antioxidant with the ability to reverse and prevent skin damage from free radicals. Along with the healthy dose of B-Vitamins I contain, you can expect reduced signs of ageing and smooth, soft, healthy skin.
I am one charged-up super spice loaded with antioxidants, ready to make your insides sing. I’ve been labelled an infection destroyer with an outstanding nutritional profile, and it ain’t no lie. Not only am I number 7 on the list of highest antioxidant foods in the world, I’m rich in Vitamin K, iron, fibre, calcium and manganese.
My excellent source of fibre and calcium are the perfect team in binding to bile salts and aiding their removal from your body. This prevents damage to colon cells, maintaining colonic health and reducing the risk of cancer. Manganese, on the other hand, is a vital mineral, assisting in formation of strong bones and connective tissues. Your immune system will thrive thanks to the anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory activity of yours truly. Cinnamaldehyde, a natural anti-inflammatory responsible for my delightful smell and flavour is proven to help with joint pain, digestive disorders and PMS.
Over the years, I have been a powerful opponent, triumphing over numerous infections especially e. coli and candida. Several studies have found valuable evidence to support my ability to help control blood-sugar levels and help those with insulin resistance. In fact, I may be just as effective as some diabetic medications, minus any side effects. I can help improve serum glucose, triglycerides, LDLs and total cholesterol.
I can also help curb appetite and assist with healthy weight management. Stepping up your cinnamon game will help reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and heart disease. Even my unbeatable scent has been proven to improve your cognitive processing including attention, memory and visual-motor response speed and improving overall brain function, so breathe deep.