Turmeric Comes in Many Forms

Turmeric, one of the most common herbs and spices in the world, comes in its natural form as a root. People throughout Asia have been using it for centuries to spice up their food. But at the same time, it also has numerous health benefits. Depending on your situation, you can one of the many different forms of turmeric. We’ll talk about these in this article, but first, let’s ask the first question:

Are People Becoming More interested in Turmeric?

Take a look at this graphic from Google Trends showing the increase in searches for “Turmeric”, since 1004. Interest in Turmeric has increase 24X since 2004!

Turmeric searches since 2004

What Is Turmeric?

Turmeric is a root herb related to ginger.

The origin of the plant Curcuma longa L., which belongs to Zingiberaceae family is India….has a long history of use in food as a spice, mainly as an ingredient in many varieties of curry powders and sauces, where curcumin from turmeric is a main colouring substance (1)

Not only does it give foods a bright orange color, it has a distinctive flavor and is used in curries. But that’s not all!

What Are the Benefits of Turmeric?

For centuries, Ayurvedic Medicine of India has used turmeric for these conditions, to name just a few(2):

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • liver ailments (Dixit, Jain, and Joshi 1988).
  • Helps regulate blood sugar levels
  • It is also used for digestive disorders; to reduce flatus, jaundice,
  • menstrual difficulties, and colic;
  • abdominal pain and distension (Bundy et al. 2004);
  • dyspeptic conditions including loss of appetite,
  • liver and gallbladder complaints.
  • It has anti-inflammatory, choleretic, antimicrobial, and carminative actions (Mills and Bone 2000).
  • Plus, it does not interfere with other drugs according to German studies. (Blumenthal, Goldberg, and Brinckmann 2000).

At this point, you’re probably thinking, ‘Well, that’s all great, but…..”

If I Take Turmeric, How Can It Help Me?

Since For-Knees is all about taking better care of your knees, what you need to know is that that turmeric, and its main ingredient curcumin have anti-inflammatory properties. That means, pain relief. And how should you take it?

What Is the Best Form of Turmeric?

Turmeric comes in many forms, both natural as well as processed.(3) Here are some examples:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3918523/figure/F1/?report=objectonlyImage courtesy of the National Institute of Health, US Government

Various curcumin based products

Various curcumin-based products include capsules, tablets, ointments, energy drinks, soaps, and cosmetics.

  • Natural Turmeric Root (which you can use both in cooking as well as for its health benefits. (It’s a good idea to use black pepper with it, because its active ingredient, piperine, makes the active ingredient, curcumin helps your body absorb it better. Also known as ‘bioavailable’.
  • Turmeric Powder, that is turmeric in its dried form.
  • Turmeric pills and capsules
  • Turmeric gummies, that is, in a candy like chewable form
  • Turmeric as a salve or ointment, which you can apply directly where you want it to go on your body
  • You can even buy turmeric soap, and even turmeric drinks, beauty creams and
  • As a liquid extract, which may also be more bioavailable
  • Liposomal based supplements maximize your body’s ability to absorb the active curcumin

Which Is Better, Curcumin or Turmeric?

Please note that curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric(4).

Curcumin (4) is the major active component of turmeric, a yellow compound originally isolated from the plant Curcuma longa…. Furthermore, traditional Indian medicine has considered curcumin a drug effective for various respiratory conditions (asthma, bronchial hyperactivity, and allergy) as well as for other disorders including anorexia, coryza, cough, hepatic diseases, and sinusitis [1,2]. Extensive research over the past 30 years has shown that it plays an important role in the prevention and treatment of various pro-inflammatory chronic diseases including neurodegenerative, cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, autoimmune and malignant diseases.

This means that taking turmeric and curcumin in one of their various forms, either in food, or as turmeric supplements or curcumin supplements in their various forms can help you in various ways. Often, black pepper or black pepper extract as piperine can help your body absorb it.

However, taking supplements usually means taking pills and capsules. there are two reasons NOT to do that. First, if you’re already taking a lot of pills or capsules as vitamins or other supplements, it can get to be a bit much, right? You may also find that when you take too many pills at once, they’re hard to digest. The various curcumin compounds, or curcuminoids act as an antioxidant. And that can reduce inflammation.

Is It Better to Take Turmeric Powder or Capsules?

Whether you take turmeric powder or capsules is a matter of preference. For years, I have taken turmeric powder as part of my diet. I cooked various dishes with it, made salad dressing, turmeric latte’s and turmeric fruit or veggie shakes. And made sure that I was taking it along with some vegetable oil. I also added black pepper which may improve the absorption of the curcumin by our body was more bioavailable. Fresh turmeric root is also good in soups and other cooked dishes. And it doesn’t lose it benefits when heated.

But what if you don’t like the taste of it? In that case, take the pill. But remember to use pills that include bioperine/black pepper, so your body absorbs it better.

Bioavailability and Liposomal Encapsulation

How Are Turmeric or Curcumin Best Absorbed?

The simple fact is that your body does not absorb turmeric or curcumin very well (4). A lot of the potential benefit of turmeric or turmeric curcumin taken as food, loses a lot of its potency during digestion. So what is the solution to this problem? Covering the curcumin with a coating that gets to the optimum place in your body where you can absorb it.

The formulation silica-coated flexible liposomes loaded with curcumin (CUR-SLs) and curcumin-loaded flexible liposomes (CUR-FLs) without silica-coatings have been designed and found that the bioavailability of CUR-SLs and CUR-FLs was 7.76- and 2.35-fold higher, respectively, than that of curcumin suspensions.(4)

Do you get that? This means that the tiny curcumin particles are covered in a special process, to survive being digested in your stomach, so that they can be absorbed later. The Liposomal Turmeric or Curcumin comes in a liquid form, that you can just add to your favorite food, or simply take orally with a glass of water. Just a few drops does the trick!

In our opinion, this highly concentrated liquid form is the best way to take a turmeric supplement or curcumin supplement.