Turmeric Curcuma longa
What is turmeric?
Turmeric root, Curcuma longa, also known as the ‘the ‘Golden Goddess’ in India, has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic traditions as well as an essential ingredient in so many delicious curries.
With over 200 phytochemical compounds its the pigments known as curcuminoids that give this radiant-root its characteristic vibrant yellow colour.
Despite many similarities across these three members of the ginger family, especially in the way they are cultivated and in the appearance of their rhizomes, they all have distinctly different tastes, which combine perfectly to create our rich, spicy and stimulating Three Ginger tea.
What is curcumin and why is it important?
Curcumin is the key phytochemical compound responsible for many of turmeric’s fantastic properties and for giving it the bright yellow colouring.
However, turmeric is also made up of over 200 incredible active constituents including turmerones which are found in the root’s essential oil and work synergistically alongside curcumin to boost its absorption.
Curcuminoids work by reducing the production of enzymes which promote inflammation in the body. They are also potent antioxidants; protecting cellular DNA from the day-to-day damage from pollution and the wear and tear of life - sort of like protecting the body from rusting from the inside.
Turmerones are anti-inflammatory and contain many beneficial properties - from supporting brain function through to helping musculoskeletal health. Turmerones are also key in helping to enhance the absorption and efficacy of curcuminoids.
What can turmeric do for me?
The benefits of turmeric are so many. Here's a few to consider:
- Turmeric actively inhibits inflammatory pathways within the body, making turmeric a first choice for inflammations 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 contains some very potent polyphenols, also known as antioxidants, which have the ability to protect cellular DNA and repair any existing damage from environmental carcinogens, for example.
- 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 any afflictions of the skin.
- In the digestive system, turmeric helps balance levels of bacteria, supporting a healthy digestive environment.
What is 'wholistically extracted' turmeric?
Pukka’s turmeric supplement range of contains whole herb organic extracts from a unique three-stage method known as WholisticTMextraction.
This process not only produces a supplement bursting with curcumin and essential oils (to aid absorption), but provides the full spectrum of turmeric’s active compounds, including turmerones.
Our turmeric range is free from the toxic residues often found in alternative products. By using CO2 in the supercritical extraction stage this ensures that our extraction process is hexane free – which means there are no chemical residues.
We’ve developed this over the past 10 years to make it totally environmentally friendly – meaning a wellbeing supplement that’s good for you and the planet.
How does curcumin absorb in the body?
Okay, this is partly true. However, adding pepper which contains a natural constituent known as piperine supports the body’s natural ability to absorb curcumin; this is why we add long pepper to our WholisticTM Turmeric as well as NutrigestTM(with ginger, spirulina and nutritional seaweed) to ensure maximum bioavailability.
Will turmeric will stain your teeth?
Turmeric is one of the world’s most commonly consumed spices; it is eaten, drunk and cooked by millions of people every day.
The tallow pigments do not permanently stain teeth, but be careful not to spill it on any white clothing.