Turmeric is a flavorsome spice used in Indian cooking and is the main ingredient in curry powder. It is not only known for its flavor but also known for its healing properties. Turmeric contains a powerful phytochemical known as curcumin.  Curcumin has powerful inflammatory fighting properties that have been used in ayurvedic and Chinese medicine to treat variety of conditions.

One-way curcumin fights inflammation is by supporting the immune system. The immune system contains cells that will activate or dampen inflammation. Cells that fight inflammation are called T regulatory cells and curcumin supports T regulatory cell function.

Unfortunately, consumption of turmeric from foods does not contain high enough doses for therapeutic value or to decrease inflammation. The best from of curcumin for inflammation fighting properties are in isolated and concentrated nutritional products for example an emulsified liquid.

So you may ask, how much is enough for me? Dosage is based upon the degree of inflammation and can vary from person to person. For example: starting with the initial standard dose and gradually increasing by small amounts until you obtain the best results. For those with sensitive stomachs, it is also recommended to take curcumin with food.

 

By: Dr. Nisreen Tayebjee – 9/19/18