The root that keeps the tribe moving
Pronounced TUR-MR-UHK. Related to the ginger family. Turmeric may be one of the harder herbs to pronounce correctly but one of the most effective. In simple terms, it keeps the tribe moving. This Ayurvedic herb has been around for a while and is being noticed lately for its great anti inflammatory responses. It was added to mud for a specific reason. Physical exertion and stress cause inflammation. Inflammation causes bad things. So we put turmeric in there to help with all that.
Ayurvedic herbs have been pointed to as a preventative way of healing when looking at health. Turmeric works in both a preventative and reactive sense with inflammation and soreness. If ingested after workouts you may notice you are a bit less sore the next day. The anti inflammation effects with turmeric works so well it has been reported in arthritis patients to have a better result than anti inflammatory medication. So the hype is real with this one.
The reason an herb that targets inflammation is so important is due to the fact inflammation seems to occur in every common western disease. Even the most common disease in the US, heart disease. The anti inflammatory and antioxidant properties with turmeric have been shown to significantly decrease the risk of heart attacks in patients associated with coronary artery bypass grafting.
Turmeric has a broad range of benefits. The yellow pungent powder can even benefit cognitive function and is even suspected to help in patients with Alzheimers. We still do not have a full cure for Alzheimers but we are learning a lot about it. The disease is linked to a decrease in a brain growth hormone called BDNF. Which brings us full circle in the Ayurvedic world of prevention. Turmeric boosts this chemical which has been shown to help prevent the disease and show an increase in better memory and cognitive function.
The way all this works is turmeric contains curcumin which results in the anti inflammatory response and antioxidant benefits. Which is nice because curcumin is easier to pronounce than turmeric.
Turmeric is a root that can help with many areas of your health, but it needs to be paired with black pepper for the curcumin to be absorbed in that temple of yours. Don’t worry though, the sherpas of mud have already put that in the blend that sits in your tin. So we can keep this tribe moving.