In India, we have been using turmeric for millennia now, and turmeric has been mentioned in the Atharva Veda also, that was written over 5000 years ago! If you’re Indian, then I’m sure you know haldi, and I’m sure you’ve been consuming it since childhood. But why do we use turmeric so often in our day to day lives? Is it just for the flavour or is there something more to it than what meets the eye?
Let me begin by saying that western science has no staunch scientific proof of how turmeric works – what that implies is that there have been tests, but none with a control setup and placebo to gauge the effects of it properly. However, there have been extensive studies on turmeric and its main healing component, curcumin.
Curcumin is known to have the following properties:
- It is an anti-inflammatory –
- It is an antioxidant
- Helps in curbing metabolic syndrome, in which it has been proven that it improves insulin sensitivity, suppresses adipogenesis, reduces elevated blood pressure
Why is it important that it is an anti-inflammatory? The reason is that, and scientists have found, is that most short term and long term issues arise due to inflammation of organs within your body. Long term inflammation has been linked to arthritis, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, cerebral injury, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, allergies, asthma, bronchitis, colitis, diabetes, obesity, depression, and even AIDS – and curcumin has the capacity to attenuate systemic inflammation. Hence we consider it to be a super molecule.
I think we all can agree that curcumin is a super molecule. However, the tragedy of the modern world is that even turmeric has been commercialized, and commercially produced turmeric is known to have about 1-3% of curcumin only, which is not good by organic standards.
Having said that, do not consider curcumin or turmeric to be the next cure for arthritis or cancer, simply because it doesn’t work on the same principles as western medicine, but on the principles of the east, which work on radically different principles. The idea is that one consumes moderate amounts of turmeric every day, either through food or through direct application or consumption. The idea is that one microdoses on turmeric for their entire life, ultimately negating the diseases that would affect one in the long term.
Hence, we at MyEmbraceBox have partnered with The Spicery Co., an Indian based brand that acknowledges the health benefits of curcumin, and aims to grow and harvest turmeric free of pesticides and fertilizers. Their turmeric, the Lakadong Turmeric, has the highest curcumin amount of any known brand, as ~7.5% curcumin. You can purchase it at MyEmbraceBox.