Used in India for thousands of years as both a cooking spice and medicinal remedy, turmeric is what gives curry its yellow color.
Modern scientists have identified compounds called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin – which just happens to be the main active ingredient in turmeric.
Among its many benefits, turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent as well as a cleansing antioxidant.
Since curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream, eat or swallow some black pepper with it. Piperine is a natural substance in pepper that enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2000%.
Some positives attributed to curcumin/tumeric are pain relief, improved liver and digestive functions, reduction of inflammation – and even reducing the risk of cancer.
It is said that turmeric can heal wounds, aid weight loss, lower bad cholesterol levels, improve skin health, prevent cystic fibrosis, and protect cognitive abilities.
Naturally, there is a downside – those pesky side effects. Here are a couple of the negative side effects associated with ingesting turmeric, especially in concentrated forms (capsules or strong teas):
1. It can give you a tummy ache.
2. It is a blood thinner. Pregnant women should not take turmeric supplements, although adding a bit to your food is probably okay. When in doubt, consult your physician, of course.
But wait – there’s more: a 2014 study proved that curcumin has “neuroprotective” properties to counteract the negative effects of sodium fluoride, as found in most municipal water systems.
Fluoride, if you didn’t know, is toxic (poisonous). But, the experts assure us, ordinary tap water contains fluoride levels too low to harm us, and it also prevents dental cavities.
Critics of forced fluoridation take a different point of view. Fluoride has been shown to calcify, or harden, the pineal gland. Science doesn’t even understand everything that this little, pine cone shaped organ does, and yet those same experts also assure us that shutting down the pineal gland with repetitive, low-level fluoride doses does no enduring harm.
We do know that the pineal regulates sleep and dreaming, appetite, and other vital health systems. When hardened by the fluoride accumulation of a lifetime – the body can’t eliminate any fluoride ever consumed – and the pineal gland shuts down.
Unlike a failed liver, people can often live with an under-performing or malfunctioning pineal gland. It can go unnoticed and untreated.
Of concern to metaphysicians, visionaries, artists and spiritual seekers, the pineal gland is regarded as the gateway to higher states of consciousness.
Since turmeric (curcumin) counteracts fluoride’s deteriorative effects on the pineal, spiritual seekers of all kinds are vigorous advocates for eating turmeric and taking supplements.
You can buy turmeric at your neighborhood vitamin / supplement outlet or online. 500mg to 1000mg of curcuminoids daily is recommended to promote intestinal health and get anti-inflammatory, immune-building effects, according to doctors like Robin Berzin, MD, quoted earlier this year in Well and Good article.
By the way, sales are up. ‘Way up. Statistica says that “Sales of turmeric amounted to 163 million U.S. dollars in 2014 and are projected to grow to 276 million U.S. dollars by 2017.”
That’s one lucrative root!
1. “10 Proven Health Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin”
2. “Turmeric Shown to Save Your Brain from Toxic Fluoride Poisoning”
3. “Turmeric Leads the Charge as Herbal Sales Continue to Bloom”