Which health conditions can turmeric help relieve?
Turmeric is a well-known spice with a vast role as a natural health remedy for many conditions.
This spice naturally reduces swelling and discomfort in joints and muscles. Any conditions involving inflamed tissues can benefit from turmeric including hay fever and bowel conditions. There is also an increased evidence base supporting the role of turmeric in the improving cognitive/brain function and mental health conditions such as low mood.
The roots of this ancient plant, scientifically known as Curcuma longa, have been used as a spice, health tonic and food dye for centuries. However, it is only recently that researchers have endorsed these traditional uses with good quality clinical research.
How to take turmeric?
The traditional way to take turmeric is, of course, using it as a spice in your food and drink recipes. However, there are two issues with this approach when using turmeric for specific health conditions. Firstly, you need a significant amount of powder to achieve the effective dose, nearly 70g of raw powder twice a day which is not practical. Secondly, most of this powder and the active components it contains will pass straight through the bowel without absorption making the purchase a waste of money.
As pharmacists, we advise you to take your turmeric as a supplement. Food supplements like Natruflex are very efficient because they have a very high concentrated dose of the bioactives. Food grade turmeric has a strength of 2-6% whereas Natruflex contains 95% curcuminoids. This means that out of 100g of Natruflex, 95g are active curcuminoids. In addition, Natruflex contains the effective strength of black pepper which ensures that all the active curcuminoids are absorbed. This makes Natruflex one of the most effective turmeric supplements on the market.
What is the difference between Natruflex and other turmeric supplements?
- Most Turmeric or Curcumin supplements are made up of just one isolated form of turmeric’s active curcuminoids - curcumin which counts for 2-4% of most turmeric preparations.
- Natruflex contains a standardised (minimum) of 15 different curcuminoid compounds which we believe to be more effective than a single component. These 15 components work synergistically (together) to create a safer and more balanced physiological effect.
- Natruflex contains 95% of black pepper with piperine which increases the absorption of turmeric by up to 2000%. Most black peppers are not standardised (tested) for the amount of piperine they contain.
Increasing absorption of turmeric and curcuminoids
On its own, turmeric is not easily absorbed. Turmeric is fat soluble, meaning it won’t be absorbed as well without the presence of fat or oil. At The Naked Pharmacy, we advise that turmeric is always taken with either a healthy fat like coconut butter or mixed with a high strength pepper extract with piperine. This increases the absorption by up to 2000%.
Does Turmeric really work?
There are now many clinical trials which are randomised, placebo controlled and blinded that show turmeric is a very effective product. This is a pharmaceutical standard for clinical research that eliminates the effects from a dummy pill called a placebo. It’s the evidence base and clinical research standard we look to achieve in all our product development.
The regulation of COX and LOX enzymes by curcuminoids is the key mechanism for its beneficial effects in preventing various inflammatory diseases.
How can I recover from exercise faster?
For protection and relief of muscle and joint discomfort, you should take 1-2 capsules of Natruflex as required up to 4 capsules per day. Natruflex contains premium quality turmeric and black pepper from southern India, which both contain 95% strength of bioactive and are uniquely combined with magnesium to support muscle and nerve function.
Why do people take turmeric for bowel disturbances?
Turmeric may help relieve the stomach after eating something fatty or spicy. It can also help with excessive gas, support digestion and calm abnormal muscle movements resulting from digestive issues such as IBS. And because this spice naturally contains potassium and magnesium it is often added as it helps with rehydration after diarrhoea.
Turmeric as a digestive aid
Turmeric contains many vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals that have a soothing effect on the gastrointestinal system and provide support for digestion. Turmeric can even combat some queasiness and support internal cleansing. Herbalists have used it for centuries as a liver tonic. Also, because of its digestive benefits, some people use turmeric during weight loss and exercise programs.
How to take Natruflex?
Just one capsule of Natruflex is equivalent to 65 grams of food grade turmeric.
Teenagers and adults: For protection and relief of muscle and joint discomfort, take 1-2 capsules as required up to 4 capsules per day. Capsules must be taken with food.
To prevent injury before sport, take a 5-day regime of 1-2 capsules per day before the event. Capsules must be taken with food.
If you don’t like taking capsules, you can simply open them up and use the Natruflex as a powder with hot milk (non-dairy options work too) and whisk into a turmeric latte which is spicy, healthy and delicious, or alternatively add it to your favourite recipe.
Can you take too much turmeric?
It’s very rare to experience side effects from taking too much turmeric but it’s better to take a quality product like Natruflex and stick to the recommended dose advised by our pharmacists.
You can take Turmeric indefinitely, but we like to recommend that you take a holiday from it every now and then. Ideally have a week off every 3 months just to avoid your body becoming tolerant, which is where your body downgrades its response towards it.
However, if you have a pre-existing condition such as arthritis then continue to take it without a break.