Updated: Apr 14
Turmeric has been proven to reduce or eliminate pain better than leading prescription medications.
A 2004 study published in the journal Oncogene found that components of turmeric were effective alternatives to the drugs aspirin, ibuprofen, sulindac, phenylbutazone, naproxen and diclofenac, to name a few. The reason is because turmeric doesn’t just fight pain and inflammation, it does so much more.
How can one little root do so much?
Most researchers agree that the turmeric’s profound healing abilities can be traced to its powerful anti-inflammatory action.
Full-spectrum turmeric (as opposed to an isolated curcumin extract) is especially effective because it operates by both mechanisms of anti-inflammatory action.
Most inflammatory foods, working in one of the following ways...
1. They neutralize inflammation causing free radicals in the body with a flood of antioxidants or
2. They stop the body from producing the chemicals that initiate inflammation in the first place (this is how aspirin and OTC pain meds work)
What is unique about turmeric is that it combats inflammation through both of these mechanisms.... simultaneously! Its multi-pronged approach allows it to work wonders for aches, pains, and arthritis (by stopping inflammation at the source), while also strongly supporting the immune system with antioxidants.
And because nearly all diseases and ailments can be traced back to inflammation and oxidative stress…it seem like there’s almost nothing that turmeric can’t heal.
But not all forms of turmeric are created equal…
Most of the turmeric supplements you see in stores come in the form of encapsulated powders. The truth is with turmeric powder you may be getting very little actual benefit.
Turmeric powder has a fairly low bioavailability (meaning that a good portion of it isn’t properly absorbed by your body), it often isn’t very fresh, and it’s sometimes made with harsh processes that can destroy or degrade turmeric’s healthful components.
Because turmeric is hard to absorb, it must be formulated in a certain way allowing the body to absorb and utilize its entire spectrum of nutrients. There's another NEW form of turmeric that actually tastes amazing AND is easy to absorb...
How Turmeric Helps Fight Dangerous Inflammation
NORMALLY, inflammation is designed to protect your body from harmful stimuli and helps with your healing process. If you’ve ever gotten a cut that turned red and maybe a little warm, this is the inflammation and healing process in action. Without inflammation, pathogens like bacteria could easily take over our bodies and kill us. The problem is, this is supposed to be a quick, temporary event. It’s supposed to activate, fix the problem, and stop. In our modern life we’re constantly battling waves of stress, toxins in our food, pollutants in the air, lack of sleep, and dozens of other “invaders” that our body is forced to fight off. This of course creates an environment where your body never gets a break. Researchers now believe that low-grade inflammation plays a role in many health problems. Therefore, anything that can help this situation is of potential importance in improving your health! You might be aware of turmeric’s bioavailability problem. If you take turmeric by itself then most it is not absorbed in the body. Turmeric and curcumin (turmeric’s active ingredient) is insoluble in water and is poorly absorbed in the body. This reduces its therapeutic efficacy. Because turmeric is hard to absorb, it must be formulated in a certain way allowing the body to absorb and utilize its entire spectrum of nutrients. There's another NEW form of turmeric that actually tastes amazing AND is easy to absorb... PuraTHRIVE Organic Turmeric Extract is an outstanding full-spectrum extract that’s “liposomalized”—meaning it’s specifically blended to make the turmeric bind to phosphlipids (healthy fats) that increase its bioavailability 10 to 20 times! PLUS the "liposome" protects the turmeric through-out your digestive system and delivers it to your cells intact! Now, are liposomal supplements really more effective? You bet. For example, some alternative doctors like Thomas E. Levy even argue that a single gram of liposomal vitamin C is more effective than 5-10 grams of intravenous (IV) vitamin C!