- What is the main benefit of turmeric?
Studies throughout the world have shown that turmeric has a positive impact on inflammatory response. The COX-2 enzymes are among the primary instigators of the inflammatory cascade that may lead to a cycle of unnecessary metabolic inflammation. The COX-2 enzymes are activated when the phospholipids, especially phospholipase A-2, are stimulated by an inflammatory insult. Phospholipase A-2 then triggers the arachidonic acid pathway and begins producing COX-2 enzymes in cell membranes. Turmeric helps support healthy inflammation response by limiting the action of phospholipase A-2. This may in turn interrupt the escalation of the inflammatory cycle to help maintain healthy body chemistry.
- Does it have other benefits?
Yes, as a very potent antioxidant, it benefits cells throughout the body. A pre-clinical study found that turmeric may also benefit the liver.
- Does turmeric have a long history?
Turmeric has been used by Ayurvedic practitioners in India since 1900 B.C. Traders brought this powerful herb to China in 700 A.D. Since then many cultures around the world have used it to support health.*