The Numerous Health Benefits of Turmeric

By Suresh Nair, PhD

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Have you ever partaken of an Indian or South Asian curry? The reason they are typically yellow in color is because they contain the root spice turmeric. Known scientifically as Curcuma longa, turmeric is found all over South Asia and is believed to have been in use in India as both a spice and as a medicinal component for at least 5000 years.

The many health benefits of turmeric have long been exploited in Ayurveda, the traditional Indian system of medicine. According to customary Ayurvedic practice:

  • Turmeric maintains gut flora and protects against stomach disorders. It’s also a natural antiseptic and is useful for disinfecting cuts, burns, wounds, and other skin infections.
  • Turmeric detoxes Turmeric detoxes the liverthe liver. Curcumin (a primary compound of turmeric root) has been found to increase the flow of bile, which is necessary for breaking down dietary fat during digestion.
  • Turmeric can help to manage blood sugar.
  • Due to its anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties, turmeric is used for treating arthritis inflammation and pain.

Traditionally, turmeric is also used to treat cough, tonsillitis, sore throat, swollen gums and canker sores, upper respiratory congestion, dry cough, and asthma.

Turmeric Contains More Than 300 Bioactive Components

But it’s not just traditionalists who value turmeric. According to modern science, the list of turmeric’s health benefits – specifically, of its more than 300 bioactive components known as “curcuminoids,” which exert various beneficial biological actions in our body – is growing by the day.

Thousands of scientific studies have been carried out on curcumin, the main curcuminoid and active ingredient present in turmeric. This research is demonstrating that curcumin has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and is believed to be mainly responsible for many of turmeric’s health benefits.

Why Is Inflammation Bad News for Your Health?

Inflammation has been getting a bad rap in the media recently. Inflammation is our body’s natural response to cellular and tissue damage caused by:

  • injury
  • harmful external invaders such as bacteria and viruses
  • toxic pollutants that enter our bodies via our diet or from the environment

Inflammation starts out as a protective response that works to eliminate the original cause of damage, clear out damaged and dying cells, and begin the process of repair and healing.

Although inflammation is beneficial for our body in the short term, ongoing inflammation is now known to play a major role in almost every chronic disease including:

  • diabetes
  • heart disease
  • Alzheimer’s and other brain degenerative diseases
  • cancer

Inflammation and Heart Disease

Inflammatory mechanisms have been linked to the development of atherosclerosis, an early step in the formation of heart disease. Inflammatory mechanisms have also been shown to trigger thrombosis, leading to heart infarcts (attacks) and strokes.

Inflammation and Cancer

Similarly, chronic inflammation is a necessary component for cancer formation and progression. The so-called “tumor microenvironment” – largely controlled by inflammatory cells – plays an active role in the growth, survival, and spread of cancer cells.

The tumor microenvironment is the environment in which the tumor exists and usually includes blood vessels, immune cells such as lymphocytes, inflammatory cells, and various signaling molecules.

Turmeric’s Anti-Inflammatory Activity

Curcumin has a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine as a treatment for inflammatory conditions. This is supported by scientific research published in Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, which shows that curcumin fights inflammation by interacting with and blocking the actions of a number of different molecules that play a role in the inflammatory process.

Results from the Phase IIa Clinical Trial of Curcumin for the Prevention of Colorectal Neoplasia indicate that curcumin is well tolerated, with only mild gastrointestinal disturbances. In other words, turmeric’s health benefits don’t come with a laundry list of side effects, like many mainstream drugs do.

Fighting Free Radicals and Boosting Natural Antioxidants with Turmeric

Fighting Free Radicals and Boosting Natural Antioxidants with TurmericFree radicals are highly reactive chemicals that are formed daily in our bodies as a result of normal biological metabolic activity. However, thanks to the ever-increasing levels of toxic chemical pollution in our environment, we’re now being bombarded with many more free radical attacks than ever before.

Free radicals can damage cellular structures including the outer protective cell membrane, cellular proteins, and even DNA – paving the way for chronic diseases such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and cancer to develop. Free radical damage is also believed to contribute significantly to the aging process.

According to Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, Turmeric contains powerful curcuminoid antioxidants which can neutralize harmful free radicals and minimize the damage they cause in our bodies.

Not only that, but in a 2013 study published in Toxicological & Environmental Chemistry, turmeric was shown to enhance the activity of our body’s natural antioxidant enzymes, including superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase, and glutathione peroxidase.

SOD helps to break down and inactivate harmful superoxide radicals. Catalase protects our cells from oxidative damage caused by reactive oxygen species (ROS), which are a type of harmful free radical that contains oxygen. Similarly, the main biological role of glutathione peroxidase is to protect our cells from oxidative damage.

In other words, the antioxidant benefits of turmeric include neutralization of free radicals as well as enhancing the activity of natural enzymes in our body that also inactivate them.

Can Turmeric Help Protect Against Many Types of Cancer?
Turmeric Helps Protects Against Abnormal Cell Growth

Extensive research indicates that the health benefits of turmeric may include both prevention and treatment of cancer.

In studies, curcumin has been shown to block the proliferation of a wide variety of tumor cells by turning off multiple molecular mechanisms that otherwise allow them to grow uncontrollably.

Some researchers believe curcumin may interfere with up to a hundred different cell signaling pathways – including those of the cell cycle, apoptosis (programmed cell death), proliferation, invasion, angiogenesis (growth of new blood vessels to support tumor growth), metastasis, and inflammation.

Not surprisingly perhaps, curcumin has been reported to have anti-cancer activity against leukemia, melanomas, sarcomas and lymphomas – as well as against gastrointestinal, breast, ovarian, head and neck, and lung cancers.

Evidence also suggests that curcumin may even help to prevent cancer from developing at all. In a 2012 Phase II clinical trial published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research, curcumin was given to 44 smokers daily for 30 days, with 8 of them already showing lesions in the colon that sometimes turn into colorectal cancer.

Of the 41 subjects that completed the study, 4 grams of curcumin given daily reduced the number of lesions by 40%, reducing the likelihood that they will develop colorectal cancer.

How Can You Get Enough Curcumin?How Can You Get Enough Curcumin

One of the major problems with curcumin is that it’s poorly absorbed in our gut. Also curcumin is fat soluble, but not water soluble. So it’s advisable to consume it in a meal cooked with a high-quality fat source such as extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil.

How Much Curcumin Is in Turmeric?

The curcumin content of turmeric is only around 3% by weight – which is why most studies looking at turmeric’s health benefits use extracts that have been standardized to include large amounts of curcumin, usually at doses of 1 gram per day or even more.

It would be very difficult to consume such a high dose of curcumin every day solely from the turmeric present in curry dishes. To help take advantage of the many diverse health benefits being credited to turmeric, you may wish to consume a proven, reliable extract containing significant amounts of curcumin that is more available to your body.


Turmeric 3D from Organixx provides you one of the most “bioavailable” forms of turmeric due to its unique fermentation process. This means your body experiences the maximum benefits of the purest, most potent turmeric available!

Turmeric 3D - Healthy Inflammation Support
Suresh Nair, PhD
Suresh Nair, PhD, is a health writer who has written hundreds of informative blog posts, long articles, and eBooks on alternative health and nutrition since 2010. With a PhD in Molecular Neurobiology from UPenn and having been a laboratory scientist for 17 years, his content is always thoroughly researched and has a sound scientific basis. You can connect with him on Linkedin.

Article Summary

  • Turmeric is a long-time staple of the ancient Indian healing system of Ayurveda.

  • Curcumin, the main active ingredient in turmeric, helps fight inflammation, which is known to play a major role in almost every chronic disease.

  • Turmeric contains antioxidants which can neutralize harmful free radicals and minimize the damage they cause in our bodies.

  • Evidence suggests that curcumin may help to prevent cancer from developing.

Comments

  1. Just wanted to ask if your product Tumeric3d had [curcuma longo[root] standardized to 95% curcuminoids].How many mg.I can't seem to find info on bottle received. thank you, Dixie

      • Hi Nancy M, thanks for your comment.

        Unfortunately, we do not carry a plain Turmeric product in our product line. The only Turmeric supplement we carry is our Turmeric 3D.

        For more information, you can find the ingredient label, product details, customer reviews, and more here: https://shop.organixx.com/products/turmeric-3d

        We do, however, have another product that contains triple fermented Turmeric plus Frankincense and Myrrh. It's our very own Magi-Complexx Supplement.

        Feel free to check it out here: https://shop.organixx.com/products/magi-complexx-capsules

        We hope you find this information helpful and wish you a lovely day.

          • I was looking forward to it as well...my bottle reads as you can see on their site. The turmeric 3D Blend is 625mg of organic turmeric, ashwagandha extract, organic turkey tail mushroom & organic ginger. Of all the turmeric I have tried, I can't say this does much for me. I cannot measure internal anti-inflammatory effects, I feel better taking plain turmeric.

        • Hi Dixie. I've ordered some of your turmeric and am about to start my husband on it. Hope to God it works. He has primary lung cancer with Bine metastasis and was at stage 3b last year. He has been on oral chemo. Unfortunately he has also developed a liposacoma in pelvic area. Has to have radio therapy and the surgery to remove it. May God help us. ??

          • Please google The Sacred Plant and learn about how cannabis oil is helping so many with cancer. God bless you and carry you through this challenging time.

  2. I've been getting Epigenetic Lab Turmeric 3D and FulviMax Active Multi-Vitamin Plus Mineral for quite some time and found I can't get them there any more. Why? Did the company change their name? If so, why did you all not notify your customers? Also I noticed Epigenetic Lab listed their Turmeric 3D with 10,000 IU Vitamin D3, yours is listed as 5,000 IU. Why the decrease? To get the 10,000 IU I will need to take FOUR CAPS of your brand, costing me double cost per month!! For now, I ended up ordering from Organixx Multi at $49.97 for 1 bottle but I got free shipping.

  3. I had a surgery scheduled for a tear in my rotator cuff, which was causing me sleepless nights, & so much anxiety. I dreaded the recovery time, & work missed. I became interested in the benefits of turmeric after seeing a video, from a favorite wellness website. I bought turmeric capsules, started taking it in my coffee, in my soups, & with my morning supplements. In one week my nightly discomfort was gone, & I am thrilled to,say that I cancelled my surgery. I have range of motion as if there was never an injury. Now I am hooked on Turmeric 3D, using it for months. I love their products!

  4. Can this turmeric take down extreme inflammation from arthritis in my knee after vigorous activities like dancing? I already take curcumin capsules from another company and was working but not now. I'm also looking for a great CBD ointment for pain because Ty has talked alot about the benefits. I also have Epigenetics(now Organixx) Maji-complex and put take on my knee but nothing seems to be helping at this point, I need something stronger, I don't want to give up my passions.

    Pamela seems to have had a amazing result!! I want that!!!

    • Allison, I just noticed this post on here and was wondering if you did find good CBD Oil? If not, let me know and I can help you.

    • I have had incredible, fast pain reduction from my excruciating Mortons neuroma using Serrapeptase.....an enzyme that gobbles up scar tissue and reduces inflammation and pain naturally. It must be taken with a full glass of water on an empty stomach and no food for an hour afterwards. Check your local health food store. I still take turmeric for other health benefits.

    • Hi Allison,

      Many people have seen very positive results with the product, however individual results will vary. You should always consult your healthcare practitioner prior to taking any new dietary supplement. Organixx cannot diagnose, treat, or give you advice regarding your health and individual use of our products.

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