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Real Life Wellness: Turmeric to the Rescue!

By Bill Hemmer
We’ve all been hearing a lot about the health benefits of Turmeric lately. It is an herb that has been around for thousands of years. Turmeric has been shown to be a strong anti-inflammatory, beneficial for your liver and a strong antioxidant. If you go to your local store to buy some, you will be faced with a very daunting task. That is, picking the one will actually work for you?

Turmeric is like every other herb. There are different parts of the plant and species. So first, you have to make sure the product you are going to buy is the right species. Then you have to make sure you are getting the right part of the plant and it has not had toxins sprayed on it. Finally, you have to make sure you can absorb it properly.

The proper species of Turmeric is from Curcuma longa. The right part of the plant is the rhizomes and you need to make sure the Turmeric was grown organically to decrease the amount of toxins.

By far the biggest problem with Turmeric is the bioavailability of the active ingredient called curcuminoids. If taken by themselves without any added ingredients, almost no curcuminoids are absorbed into the blood stream. Therefore, some Turmeric products add black pepper or other ingredients to help with bioavailability.

If Turmeric begins the digestive process in the stomach, the curcuminoids are neutralized by the liver making them not bioavailable. But I have found a new product has found a novel way to get around this problem.

This product impregnates the curcuminoids into soluble fiber of Fenugreek (another spice). This soluble fiber passes through the stomach and enters the small intestine intact. Soluble fiber is the favorite food of the bacteria found in your small intestine and begins the digestive process there.

This is very important because when the bacteria of your small intestine eat this soluble fiber, the curcuminoids are released into the blood stream directly. This helps to bypass the liver on the first pass to make more of the curcuminoids available, so it takes a much lower dose to have a positive effect on your inflammation.

So, before you go buy any Turmeric products, make sure it is the right species, part of the plant and it contains soluble fiber to make the bioavailability better. Turmeric has made a big difference in my supplement regime. I bet it will be the same for you if you use the right stuff.

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