Turmeric has a long-standing reputation amongst ayurvedic medicinal practices due to its nutritional benefits and has been used for thousands of years in India and Southeast Asia as a powerful ingredient, adding vibrancy and flavour to savoury curry dishes.
Whilst we favour this superfood due to its effective nutritional benefits, there is still a lot to learn about this potent, plant-based compound. Keep reading as we walk you through one of the most commonly asked questions about turmeric - what is curcumin?
So, what is curcumin?
Curcumin is the chemical-compound found within turmeric and is the main active ingredient that is responsible for the majority of turmeric’s health benefits. This natural substance has powerful antioxidant properties and is favoured by many for its reported ability to reduce inflammation. Because of this, scientists and charities such as the Arthritis Foundation have been exploring the benefits of curcumin for those that suffer from inflammatory issues such as issues, such as arthritis, or eczema.
However, whilst curcumin is a very strong antioxidant with a long list of natural benefits, turmeric and curcumin both have poor bioavailability, which means they are poorly absorbed into the bloodstream and require some form of aid to help boost absorption.
To boost consumption and experience the full effects of proper turmeric intake, studies suggest that the compound found in black pepper, piperine, can enhance the absorption of curcumin by 2,000%. This alkaloid works to improve the body’s efficiency transporting nutrients and slows the metabolism of curcumin by the liver, leaving extra time for your body to absorb the key nutrients and benefits of this powerful compound. This is why our range of turmeric products at The Turmeric Co each contain piperine, to substantially increase effectiveness and help you reap all the nutritional benefits turmeric has to offer.
And whilst curcumin is a small, chemical composition of the full turmeric rhizome, people looking to reap the nutritional benefits of this super-spice should consume turmeric in its purest form, such as a raw liquid shot or drink, so that they don’t miss out on any important active compound properties that could deplete and lose effectiveness in the drying process.
Turmeric Shots at The Turmeric Co
If you’re looking for ways to implement more turmeric and curcumin into your everyday diet, consider supplementing your lifestyle with our turmeric shots.
Developed over the a decade with expert advice from leading nutritionists and experts, each of our raw turmeric shots provides a combination of nature’s most powerful fresh ingredients, in one convenient shot. Low in sugar and high in essential nutrients and powerful polyphenols, learn more about the science behind our specially-formulated turmeric shots online at The Turmeric Co.