Curcumin, also known as Curcuma longa, a bright yellow spice, is an active component in turmeric often used in Persian, Indian, Thai and Pakistani dishes.
How Turmeric Works
Studies have proven that curcumin is effective in treating arthritis pain; it works better than celecoxib (Celebrex).
It is an antioxidant with antifungal and antiviral properties.
Curcumin is rich in COX-2 inhibitors, also known as natural pain relievers, hence has the ability to inhibit inflammatory molecules.
COX-2 molecules foster the development of fatty acids with instant inflammatory reactions known as prostanoids.
These fatty acid inhibitors have the ability to inhibit chronic inflammation that results from surgeries and metabolic oxidation and inflammation on local sites from minor injuries such as cuts and scrapes.
Unlike prescription medicine, turmeric is non-toxic hence safe for human use and consumption.
Curcumin works by stimulating the adrenal glands to release more cortisone, a natural body painkiller, and reduces histamine levels in the body to help fight inflammation.
Turmeric can reduce pain from carpal tunnel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis due to autoimmune dysfunction, fibromyalgia and diverticulitis.
It’s also great for kidney stones and gallstones (it minimizes the development of stones, thins out bile and even dissolves stones that might have already developed).
It reduces colon pocket swellings to alleviate pain from diverticulitis.
Turmeric also works against backache (due to muscular sprains, strains and pulls), headache, gout and ulcers
It fights Helicobactor pylori, the bacteria that causes gastric ulcers; however, it’s half effective as OTC ulcer medication despite being cheaper. It’s also beneficial for osteoarthritis due to mechanical joint wear and tear).
Turmeric can also heal diabetes, depression, viral and fungal infections, psoriasis, indigestion, artherosclerosis, warts and mental decline.
Studies have found that curcumin can help reduce pain by up to 50% when taken over three months.
How to Use Turmeric for Pain
Seasoning food with turmeric can help you reap all its benefits. Take it in the form of stews, soups or even drink turmeric tea.
Oral consumption of turmeric can help reduce pain all over your body.
In fact, curcumin supplements have a therapeutic effect.
Turmeric paste, used topically, can help treat arthritic joints.
How Much Turmeric Do You Need for Pain?
Mix two tablespoons of turmeric with water to make a paste for topical use on arthritic joints and wounds.
Take 1-2 teaspoons of dried turmeric root powder daily.
Using Curcumin & Piperine Supplements
Take 250mg supplement of curcumin daily or 400-600mg supplement extract three times daily for chronic conditions.
Make sure you get the best turmeric capsules on the market for pain.
Whether you’re taking your curcumin orally or using it topically, add black pepper for optimal outcomes.
Make sure your supplements contain 95% curcuminoids, lecithin and phosphylipids for increased curcumin absorption into your bloodstream, leading to faster pain relief.
Daily consumption of turmeric can effectively help you to prevent disease and pain.
How to Add Turmeric to Your Diet for Increased Oral Consumption
Sprinkle turmeric powder on cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale and Brussels sprouts. Curcumin combines with the phenethyl isothiocyanates in these veggies to prevent prostate cancer tumors from growing.
Drink golden milk or turmeric tea
Use turmeric as a spice on your main dishes such as rice, chicken, beans, turkey, soups and vegetables
Use turmeric with black pepper to improve curcumin’s bioavailability.
Prepare home-made curry paste or buy it to use with turmeric in your soups or stir-fries
Get Started with these COX-2 Inhibiting Recipes
¼ cup fresh pineapple
1 raw pastured egg
1 banana (frozen or unfrozen)
1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
1 tablespoon collagen powder
½ cup of frozen/fresh cranberries
½ cup pastured/plain organic yoghurt
¼ teaspoon of ginger powder
1 teaspoon flax or coconut oil
Add all the ingredients in your blender and blend in a high-powdered blender.
Warm Curry Soup
¼ cup chopped chives
8 celery stalks
2 cups of water
¼ cup chopped/shredded cabbage
½ teaspoon of ginger powder/2-inch chopped ginger root
1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
2 tablespoons of turmeric powder/4-6 inch chopped turmeric root
½ teaspoon each of dried or fresh sage, rosemary and thyme
Blend all the ingredients for 45 seconds with the exception of the spices and herbs. Run the blender longer if you prefer a smooth texture and if you have a small blender, divide the ingredients into two to blend differently.
Add the blended ingredients into a saucepan and place over medium heat.
Stir them as you add the spices and herbs slowly.
Serve hot and enjoy!
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