Hello healthy friends! We are so passionate about the wonder-root that it Turmeric, that we like to explore it from every angle. But for those of you wanting to get a foundational understanding, this is the blog post for YOU. If you need to know more about curcumin, please click here for our post on the relationship that makes curcumin such a vital part of Turmeric healing. WHAT IS TURMERIC KNOWN TO HELP WITH? Curcumin prevents and treats a number of maladies. In India, Turmeric has been an ingredient of simple home remedies and Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. Curcumin is a pain-reliever and a detoxifier. It is good for your heart, stomach, liver and even your skin. Its activity has been demonstrated against a myriad of diseases like cardiovascular diseases, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, and arthritis. DOES TURMERIC HEAL OR JUST MASK THE SYMPTOMS? Turmeric does both- in particular where inflammation is involved. Inflammation is a natural response to an injury or in some cases a disease and is the bodies’ normal response. However it is when inflammation becomes chronic that it is thought to be an underlying cause of many modern day medical conditions. Turmeric reduces inflammation, can heal or at the very least assist in healing some conditions and in other chronic conditions where damage has already been done, it helps to slow down progression, relieve pain and so helps the body to repair itself.WHY DOES WHOLE TURMERIC BEAT CURCUMIN EXTRACTS? We recommend consuming turmeric in its natural form, on a regular basis, rather than taking a laboratory produced extract of isolated curcumin, which makes up 3 – 5% of turmeric. There are 100’s of beneficial compounds in Turmeric that all work together which we can benefit from. 95% Curcumin Extract has been found to be too concentrated and powerful for our bodies to handle over long periods of time, so in our view it is much safer and beneficial to stick with turmeric, the whole root. WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO USE ORGANIC TURMERIC?Turmeric is a root and roots act like a sponge, absorbing nutrients and goodness from the soil, but with that they would also absorb chemicals, pesticides and heavy metals normally found in non-organic farming. This is why we feel the safest option when taking turmeric on a daily basis and for your health is to opt for certified organic only. HOW MUCH TURMERIC CAN ONE CONSUME DAILY? Everybody reacts differently to natural remedies, so the daily turmeric dosage will be different from one person to the next. An intake of 1 – 3g (1000 – 3000mg) of dried turmeric root powder per day is the standard dose. Although turmeric is very safe and 4-6 grams a day can be easily taken without any issues. Of course if you are new to turmeric start slow and then reach this quantity. WHY IS IT RECOMMENDED TO CONSUME TURMERIC LITTLE AND OFTEN? Turmeric is a food source so it only stays in your system for 4 to 8 hours and this varies depending on the metabolism of each person. When taking turmeric for curative reasons we recommend taking small amounts frequently throughout the day for best results.WHY HAS TAKA TURMERIC ADDED BLACK PEPPER TO ALL THE RECIPES?Peppercorns contain an enzyme called piperine, which slows down the digestion of turmeric, allowing time for the curcumin to be taken up into the blood stream. This is why all TAKA beverages include a little black pepper and our capsules contain black pepper extract, to enhance the bio-availability of curcumin. WHY HAS TAKA TURMERIC ADDED COCONUT TO ALL THE RECIPES? Turmeric is fat-soluble, which means that it doesn’t fully dissolve unless it is in fat. When it doesn’t dissolve properly, curcumin has a tough time getting into the gut, which is where the immune system operates. It is proven that turmeric is at least seven times more effective when it is eaten with an oil. This is why all TAKA beverages include a natural fat, in the form of coconut oil, in order to optimize the absorption of curcumin and this is why we recommend taking turmeric capsules with a meal. Click here for our online tea shop or click here to find Taka Tea in a store near you. And while you are there, why not also try our Turmeric Capsule – a pop of gorgeous glow, in a 100% organic capsules. To your vibrant health and beauty! The Taka Team PS: for all our specials, giveaways and health news, follow us on Facebook and Insta.