The Lowdown on Curcumin [Turmeric]
What is Curcumin?
As one of nature’s purest and most powerful superfood healers, Turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic food and medicine for over 5,000 years. The idea of using turmeric as a both a spice and a pharmaceutical originally spread through Asia and the Middle East, and it’s a practice we still rely on today. Solving health issues or flavouring scrambled eggs… there’s really nothing turmeric can’t do.
The Active Ingredients (aka, the nerdy stuff)
- Curcumin is the main active ingredient in Turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.
- Essential oils from within the Turmeric Root (Rhizome) aid absorption without the need for any other additives like black pepper. The turmeric oil contains beneficial turmerones not found in other Curcumin products.
- This super spice contains more than 300 naturally occurring components including beta-carotene, ascorbic acid(vitamin C), calcium, flavonoids, fibre, iron, niacin, potassium, zinc and other nutrients.
Why We Love It
The health benefits of Curcumin — the active compound in turmeric — have been praised far and wide since the dawn of time. There’s just one catch: it’s thought to be poorly absorbed when taken orally. Tonik No.3 gets around this by combining micronized Curcumin with naturally occurring turmeric oils. A super formulation shown to be up to 7x more absorbable than standardised 95% curcuminoid / turmeric extracts.
Our capsules have 19x the Curcumin content of the ground turmeric spice. This makes it one of the strongest turmeric supplements going around, in its most bio-enhanced form for more superior absorption and bioavailability. It’s so powerful, it doesn’t need the aid of non-turmeric additives such as black pepper. This means almost 7x more Curcumin gets absorbed and provides all of the beneficial effects with only one capsule twice a day.
Turmeric is an orangey-yellow spice that comes from a root in the ginger family and is used as a principle healing herb in Ayurvedic medicine. The Curcumin, the active ingredient in Turmeric, helps to reduce inflammation in the body and has powerful immune supporting properties. As a potent antioxidant, your body needs turmeric to fight back against the action of free radicals in your body. If left unchecked, these harmful substances, called reactive oxygen species, will harm your cellular tissues and contribute to inflammation. Consuming plenty of antioxidants, such as turmeric, will help reduce inflammation, which reduces chronic pain and may even improve your overall resistance to disease.
Turmeric / Curcumin may:*
- Assist with the function of the liver, the body's primary organ of detoxification
- Help with moderating insulin levels and aid in weight management by regulating sugar levels and preventing insulin resistance
- Support joint and muscle health thanks to its natural anti-inflammatory properties
- Assist with building muscle and losing body fat by stimulating the absorption of glucose by the body
- Boost skin and cellular health by increasing the production of your body’s natural antioxidant enzymes
- Assist with increasing antimicrobial activity against bacteria, fungi and viruses
- Boost cognitive and brain function thanks to Curcumin’s antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and lipophilic action
- Assist with the function of the respiratory system by breaking down mucus in the body
- Promote a healthy digestive system by assisting with gut inflammation and gut permeability
- Help ease inflammation by blocking the effects of two enzymes in the body which lead to inflammation.
- Assist with lowering the risk of heart disease and lowering cholesterol levels by lower LDL cholesterol levels and triglycerides, as well as preventing LDL from being oxidised (according to studies)
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Where can Curcumin be found naturally?
Turmeric root is the only source of curcumin and other curcuminoids.
What is the recommended daily intake for Curcumin / Turmeric powder?
Since authoritative regulatory and research agencies do not recognise turmeric powder as an essential nutrient, there is no established recommended daily amount (RDA) for this profoundly useful substance.
We recommend taking a cap (or 2) twice a day with food or as directed by your qualified healthcare provider.
Can you absorb enough of Curcumin / Turmeric powder from food?
The answer is no. This root isn’t widely used outside of certain ethnic dishes, and depending on where you live, you might not have regular access to turmeric root or turmeric powder. To make sure you enjoy the benefits of turmeric every day without going out of your way to make significant dietary changes, it might be best to consume this substance in supplement form.