Turm a lieF – Turmeric made easy
Tumeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow colour. It has long been used in cooking and colouring. As well as being the principal ingredient in curry powder, Tumeric has played an important part in traditional Eastern medicine (such as, Ayurvedic, Unani or chinese medicine). However, it’s only now that science has started to back up what these traditional healers have known for centuries – Turmeric really does contain biochemical compounds with health-giving properties.
Bill and Ben’s Beneficials Turm A LieF is a unique formula, combining organic turmeric powder with a range of synergistic extracts, herbs and nutrients, that’s been designed to support bone and joint health, lower inflammation in the body, as well as increase immunity, antioxidant levels, cognitive function and energy levels. It is also helps support hormonal balance, acid-base metabolism, macronutrient metabolism, nails, skin and hair, amongst many other health benefits.
This supplement is ideal for older adults, people during training/exercise, or those with strenuous or busy daily lives. Moreover, it can used as an immune system booster or by anyone looking to support hormone, bone and joint health, plus achieve all round well-being and good health.
Turm A LieF is beneficial for:
- Bones, joints and circulation
- Tiredness and fatigue
- Immunity and digestive health
- Antioxidant levels
- Inflammation, joint pain and arthritis
- Nails, skin and hair
- Cognitive function
- Acid-base metabolism
- Hormonal balance and liver
- Macronutrient metabolism and more…
Absorption is a key factor to consider when choosing a turmeric supplement, especially as curcumin (the active ingredient in tumeric) has low bioavailability (it’s poorly absorbed by our bodies, as its not water-soluble). Therefore Turm A LieF combines organic turmeric powder with high potency turmeric extract (95% curcumin), along with ginger root extract (5% gingerols), cayenne extract (100au capsaicin), piperine (black pepper) extract, zinc citrate and vitamin B6 (the unique benefits of these key nutrients are outlined below). In particular, the piperine has been included to ‘potentiate’ the absorption and herbal actives of the other ingredients – known as a ‘synergistic formula’ in scientific terms (such combinations are well-known to traditional herbalists alike).
About the ingredients:
Turmeric, belonging to the Zingiberaceae family, has been used as a medicine for centuries to treat many ailments, including wounds, infections, colds, and liver disease. However, turmeric is most commonly associated with its anti-inflammatory actions, which are the basis to its many potential health benefits.
Inflammation is the body’s reaction to invasion by an infectious agent, antigen or even just physical, chemical or traumatic damage. The inflammatory reaction is one of the body’s oldest defense mechanisms. When damage occurs the body’s automatic defense system starts the inflammatory process within seconds, often causing localised redness, swelling, pain or heat. If inflammation occurs for a prolonged period of time it becomes chronic inflammation. Moreover, scientists now believe that chronic, low-level inflammation plays a major role in almost every chronic, Western disease. This includes heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s and various degenerative conditions.
Studies have shown that that curcumin, a compound in turmeric, is responsible for its anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin is a polyphenol – polyphenols are not only excellent regulators of inflammation, but are particularly beneficial to the body due to their role as antioxidants. Antioxidants are known for their ability to fight the effects of oxidation (antioxidant activity), improve cell signalling , stabilise blood sugar and fat levels, and increase brain levels of omega-3 fatty acid called DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant actions of curcumin have also been linked with blood pressure regulation and decreased risk of certain types of cardiovascular disease.
More recent research on turmeric intake have now also focused on its potential for aiding detoxification, enhancing cognitive function, blood sugar regulation and supporting kidney function, as well as lessening severity of arthritis and some digestive disorders.
Turmeric contains three distinct curcuminoids (curcumin, bisdemethoxycurcumin and
demethoxycurcumin), as well as volatile oils (such as atlantone, turmerone and zingiberone). All these substances have their own unique health benefits, which are mainly due to their anti-inflammatory actions.
In particular, turmeric is thought to help health conditions which include arthritis, heartburn (dyspepsia), joint pain, stomach pain, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, diarrhoea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems, Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection, stomach ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gallbladder disorders, high cholesterol, certain skin disorders (eg. lichen planus) and fatigue.
Other traditional uses are headaches, colds, bronchitis, lung infections, fibromyalgia, fever, menstrual problems, leprosy, itchy skin and recovery after surgery, as well as depression, water retention, worms, urinary bladder inflammation and kidney problems.
Ginger root –
Similarly, a plant belonging to the Zingiberaceae family, ginger root has been used in herbal medicine for centuries. Historically, used to alleviate symptoms of gastrointestinal distress due to its carminative and antispasmodic actions (it promotes the elimination of intestinal gas and relaxes/soothes the intestinal tract).
Modern research has revealed further therapeutic properties, such as ginger’s direct anti-inflammatory actions, its antioxidant effects, and its ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds. Moreover, this is due it being extremely high in gingerols – potent anti-inflammatory compounds, which are believed to explain why so many people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis experience reductions in pain levels and improvements in mobility when regularly consuming ginger root.
Cayenne peppers are a type of chili pepper. They belong to the nightshade family of flowering plants and are closely related to bell peppers and jalapeños. The main active compound in cayenne is capsaicin, which gives the spice its heat and has analgesic properties. Additionally used for its stimulant effects (known as the purest and safest stimulant available to herbalists), cayenne opens up every tissue in the body to help increase flow of blood and therefore improve circulation. It has also been used historically for poor digestion, as a carminative, to increase gastrointestinal secretions and as an antispasmodic for the relief of pain. Its pain reducing action is particularly due to the effect of capsaicin on substance P – a biochemical released in tissue damage that alerts the body to injury. It has been found that long-term or repeated exposure to capsaicin can reduce substance P in an area, and result in a lowered pain response.
Piperline is the alkaloid that is responsible for the pungency of black pepper. Well-known for its use in weight-loss formulas, due to its thermogenic activity on the body (thermogenesis is the process of developing cellular energy and, correspondingly, causes increases to the body’s metabolic rate). As outlined before, however, piperline’s inclusion in this formula is due to its ability to potentiate the absorption of the other herbal actives (in other words it boosts the bioavailability the curcumin).
Zinc is an important mineral that is found in every single cell of the body. In particular, red and white blood cells, our bones, retina, kidneys, pancreas and liver all store zinc.
Whilst zinc is best known for its role in fighting colds and flu, zinc has a wide range of effects on human health. Zinc contributes to the maintenance of normal bones, normal DNA synthesis, normal acid-base metabolism, normal carbohydrate metabolism, normal cognitive function, normal fertility and reproduction, normal metabolism of fatty acids, normal protein synthesis and metabolism of vitamin A, in addition to maintenance of hair, nails and skin, normal hormone regulation (particularly testosterone), the maintenance of normal vision, the normal function of the immune system, normal cell division and protection of cells from oxidative stress.
Vitamin B6 –
Vitamin B6 is involved in many metabolic processes and contributes to normal energy-yielding and homocysteine metabolism, as well as protein and glycogen metabolism. It is essential for the normal function of the immune system, cysteine synthesis and contributes to the regulation of hormonal activity. It is often taken for its effects of reducing tiredness and fatigue.