The anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric have been shown to be similar in effect to manufactured drugs such as hydrocortisone and phenylbutazone.

Not only that, but turmeric has also been found to be comparable to over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pills such as Motrin minus the toxicity.

What is turmeric?

Turmeric is a bright, yellowish spice that comes from the root of the curcuma longa plant.

But, I jump ahead …

Have you ever had a dream that turned out to contain helpful information for you? I have. A recent one was a little odd. In the dream, I was talking to a female physician. She was giving me a prescription and telling me to take something I didn’t quite understand.

I woke myself up repeating it and attempting to spell it. Even though I am familiar with many vitamins and natural remedies, I did not remember reading or hearing about this one. Not that it’s uncommon at all. It’s just that I hadn’t discovered it until I googled it following my dream.

The word, and I had even spelled it right, was turmeric. Once I looked it up, I was amazed!

The first thing I realized … shout out to Mom … is how brilliant my mom was (and still is, of course)! Curry powder contains turmeric and mom fed us a regular curry dip snack most days as children.

What does turmeric do? Maybe it makes more sense to ask: What doesn’t it do? Let’s just say, I have added it to my daily routine.

Benefits

The claim that turmeric’s benefits appear to outperform many pharmaceuticals when it comes to helping someone heal comes from a well-established ethnobotanist James A. Duke, Phd. Duke published his findings in an issue of Alternative and Complementary Therapies in 2007 after evaluating up to 700 studies examining the spice.

According to Dr. Ax (Food and Medicine), turmeric, or rather one of its healing compounds curcumin, has been evaluated in 6235 peer-reviewed articles. That’s a lot!

In many of the studies, turmeric was reported to contain antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anticarcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties. This was reported in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Turmeric can help with digestive issues. Why? It improves digestive enzymes and strengthens the work of probiotics in the digestive system. It is also an excellent anti-inflammatory and has been shown to reduce serum cholesterol levels. I am not listing all the benefits here, but you get my drift.

The recommended dosage is at least one teaspoon a day. That’s a lot, if eaten naturally and might be a bit challenging to do. I personally could never eat that much curry on a regular basis. You can also find supplements to take, which is what I do most days. Of course, it is always recommended to follow the suggested dosages on the packaging. Remember, something good for you doesn’t mean it is better to take more of it.

A few moons later after having my dream …

I am talking to a friend about my newly discovered supplement, which he already had discovered. He said: “I just read that adding pepper amps up it’s impact by 2000 percent.”

No kidding, Sherlock?

I looked it up and he was right. …

According to studies, the active ingredient in black pepper, piperine increases the impact of curcumin by 2000 percent. Now you can find supplements with pepper added.

Keep checking back. We like to share what we discover is beneficial. And if we share, then we can guarantee it is one of our personal favorites or we will be using it if conditions required a need.

Allyn Evans