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What is Turmeric For?
What is Turmeric For?
The majority of the studies being conducted focus on the ability of Turmeric to prevent and treat stomach ulcers. In the past, stomach ulcers were thought to have been caused by a number of factors including stress and regular consumption of spicy foods. However, it has now been discovered that stomach ulcers are caused by a bacterial infection.
The bacterium responsible for causing stomach ulcers is called Helicobacter pylori and is unique in that it can live within the mucosal lining of the stomach and erode the protective barrier. Once this barrier is weakened, stomach acid can come into direct contact with the cells of the stomach wall and damage them, causing an ulcer.
However, curcumin has been shown to actively inhibit the growth of H.pylori and therefore help to maintain the integrity of the protective mucosal lining of the stomach and small intestine.
Turmeric’s other main use as a supplement relates to the fact that curcumin, the most active compound in turmeric has been shown to be a potent anti-inflammatory agent. Therefore turmeric may be used by those suffering from, or are prone to, inflammatory disorders such as arthritis. It may also provide a vegan alternative to other anti-inflammatory supplements including fish oils.
In this respect, it is vital for any Turmeric preparation to be effective as an anti-inflammatory to be formulated to enable the active compound - curcumin -to reach the inflamed site.
Piperine is Vital
Turmeric supplements will only benefit the user if they can be absorbed. Because all foods, including ingredients supplied in tablets and medicines, are filtered by the liver, it has been found that even consuming as much as 2000mg of turmeric is unlikely to be detected. However, including piperine, an active ingredient of black pepper, enhances the absorption of many different nutrients including beta carotene, Coenzyme Q10 and curcumin from turmeric.
The bioavailability of the curcumin compounds from turmeric were increased by 2000% in one study when piperine was included in the formula.