From golden lattes to spicy curries, turmeric is a trendy spice that’s been popping up on all kinds of menus over the last few years. In reality, turmeric has been used in a medicinal capacity for generations and it’s about time we caught on to this superfood.
Interested in what all the fuss is about? You’ve come to the right place. We’re sharing all the benefits of turmeric and its counterpart, BioPerine. Let’s get started!
What is turmeric?
Turmeric is a yellowish-orange spice that has been used in India for thousands of years. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric which is responsible for most of its health benefits.
However, simply adding turmeric as a spice to your food won’t give you enough curcumin to see these benefits. Taking a turmeric supplement where the levels of curcumin are significant is recommended.
Plus, black pepper is needed to enhance the benefits of curcumin - another reason it’s best to take turmeric in a supplement form. But more on that later.
Benefits of Turmeric Supplements
While some inflammation in the body is necessary, especially when you’re injured or fighting a disease, too much inflammation is a sign your body is attacking its own tissue. Curcumin is highly anti-inflammatory which can help with detrimental chronic inflammation.
Due to these anti-inflammatory benefits, people with arthritis, for example, have benefited from turmeric supplements. Even in cancer patients, turmeric may be beneficial since some cancerous cells are more likely to propagate in a chronically inflamed environment.
Highly reactive free radicals in the body lead to oxidative stress which causes aging and various diseases. Turmeric can help neutralize these free radicals while boosting your body’s natural antioxidant responses.
Improved Brain Function
The brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a growth hormone in your brain that drives certain neurons to form new connections and, in some cases, to multiply.
Curcumin in turmeric can increase BDNF levels which can improve brain function and even reverse brain diseases and age-related brain disorders. Turmeric has even been connected to reducing depression.
Since the curcumin in turmeric is highly anti-inflammatory, taking turmeric supplements helps immensely with joint health. Joint inflammation causes pain whether it’s due to an injury or intense training. Additionally, taking turmeric consistently helps promote overall joint health by regularly introducing these anti-inflammatory benefits. Our FLEX product uses premium grade Turmeric to help boost joint health which is key with OOMPH bodyweight workouts. 🔥
How to Use Turmeric and BioPerine Together
Curcumin in turmeric is difficult for the body to absorb on its own. To improve the process of absorption, it helps to take turmeric with black pepper.
Black pepper contains a natural substance called piperine which enhances curcumin absorption by 2000%. BioPerine is the trademarked name for piperine. So, when deciding on a turmeric/black pepper supplement, make sure the ingredients include BioPerine.
Overall, turmeric with BioPerine has an incredible capacity to reduce inflammation and oxidation in the body. These two main capabilities are responsible for most of its other impressive benefits. From reducing the potential of diseases and improving overall health, it makes sense that turmeric is so popular.