Scientific Research into Turmeric
We’re big fans of turmeric. It’s got a whole range of exciting benefits and fantastic qualities – and that’s even before mentioning that it’s a great, vibrant addition to your next recipe in the kitchen especially if you are using the turmeric from one of our opened capsules!
Turmeric’s been used over thousands of years for health and has been part of many Asian culture’s traditional medicine systems. We know that some remedies can be consigned to the ‘old wives’ tale’ pile, but this certainly isn’t the case with turmeric.
It contains active ingredients called curcuminoids and they are chemicals that are bioactive, which basically means they influence biochemical systems in the body. There are 7 curcuminoid type compounds in turmeric with curcumin is just one of them.
There’s now plenty of scientific evidence to back up the health benefits of turmeric, so let’s delve deeper and look at turmeric in detail. And we’re going to start by exploring how current conventional anti-inflammatory medicine works.
Conventional Anti-inflammatory Medicine
In conventional medicine, you’ll find that anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen, aspirin and diclofenac work by blocking or influencing inflammatory cascades, which are essentially like a waterfall effect starting with the naturally occuring chemical called Arachidonic acid. The acid is converted into a number of chemicals that are inflammatory mediators. These are the chemicals in the body that cause redness, swelling, and pain, which can occur in joints.
There are lots of these chemicals including prostaglandins, Aspirin, ibuprofen, and diclofenac will block the various elements of these inflammatory mediators, so if you’re blocking these channels, you’re reducing the levels of inflammatory mediators like prostaglandins – therefore you’ll get less redness, swelling, and pain. So that’s the way that conventional anti-inflammatory medicine will tackle sites of inflammation.
What makes Turmeric special?
Now turmeric is different because instead of just one active ingredient, there are multiple bioactive compounds - up to 200. It has an orchestra-like effect, where it’s affecting so many elements of the biochemical cascades,
so whereas single active chemicals act like a big bass drum on the body, natural spice extracts such as turmeric contain multiple compounds and offer a much more subtle, flexible and adaptable influence on biochemical pathways – hence the orchestra comparison.
The compounds act on lots of different levels, as the different instruments do when you instruct an orchestra to play a piece of music.
The latest research on the effects of turmeric bioactives focuses on receptors called PPARs, which affect different inflammatory pathways and has found that they connect to curcuminoids, causing a reduction of inflammatory response.
The full effect of curcuminoids compounds haven’t been fully researched yet; it’s ongoing and as time goes by, we’re going to find more pathways alongside PPAR receptors that will explain more about the effects of curcuminoids.
We think that turmeric is one of the most exciting natural ingredients.
Note: We will update this page as scientific research is published.
The Naked Pharmacy Natruflex is our high-potency turmeric supplement created to contain the effective strength of bioactives with piperine to aid absorption and marine magnesium to help muscle and nerve function.
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