The Anti-Inflammatory Spice: Turmeric February 17, 2015
Turmeric is a spice that is derived from the rhizomes (roots) of the plant Curcuma longa, a member of the ginger family. You may be familiar with it as the yellow spice used in Indian cuisine, or in classic American yellow mustard. Curcumin is the active component (primary pharmacological agent) of turmeric that offers significant anti-inflammatory effects. Studies have shown that curcumin: is as effective as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory for relieving joint pain; may help treat inflammatory bowel disease and patients with Crohn's disease; may help inhibit cancer cell growth; and improves the body's ability to remove LDL ("bad") cholesterol by working with the liver to process it more effectively. These are just a few of the many health effects revealed through studies of curcumin. Dr. Randolph carefully reviews all the available research, and has created his own curcumin formulation called Inflam-X C.R., available at the Wellness Store. Curcumin's bioavailability is improved with the addition of black pepper, so Inflam-X C.R. includes a patented black pepper extract and a time-release delivery for best results.