Medicinal Properties of Turmeric
Turmeric is a beautiful, flavorful, commonly used spice in cooking. Renowned for centuries with a rich, historical use in plant and herbal medicine, Turmeric has long been held in high regard for its beneficial effects.
Nature’s best anti-inflammatory herb may also be a powerful holistic remedy for hemochromatosis.
Out of all the natural remedies for iron overload, turmeric stands in first place in its ability to actually reduce iron overload. Turmeric literally grabs hold of the iron that’s inside the cells and brings it out.
As we know, iron stores up inside our cells and causes oxidative damage leading to so many of the symptoms and problems in people with hemochromatosis. Once turmeric grabs hold of and chelates iron molecules, the turmeric then helps the body to excrete the iron.
Science Identifies Turmeric as an Iron Chelator
Research has established that one of the many medicinal properties of turmeric is to reduce excess iron from the body. This graph and photo demonstrate the powerful effect of turmeric (aka curcumin) in reducing stored iron from the cells. As turmeric/curcumin levels increased, iron levels decreased.
Researchers from this study concluded that “curcumin is a biologically active iron chelator," exceptional news for people with hemochromatosis and iron overload!
Potent anti-inflammatory action from one of nature’s most beloved (and researched) herbal remedies
Wide range of potential benefits to the health, such as:
- Antiviral, antibacterial, anti-allergy immune support
- Enhances cognitive function
- Balances hormones
- Encourages a good night’s sleep
- Promotes energy
- Supports healthy, youthful skin
- Additionally, it is also thought to possess anti-aging properties!
- Oh yeah, did I mention it reduces excessive iron levels!
How to Take Turmeric
Despite turmeric’s promise of many health benefits, there is one major challenge to using turmeric medicinally. The challenge is how to get the turmeric into the cells of your body.
Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, tends to be poorly absorbed by our digestive system. I’ve seen estimates that place turmeric’s absorption at about 5% so you are not likely absorbing much from diet alone. Ordinary turmeric powders, pills, or teas, are only going to be used by your body a very small amount. Oral absorption of curcumin is generally poor due to its low solubility and instability in the intestinal environment.
Fortunately, there are two optimal ways to absorb turmeric and therefore gain its exceptional benefits:
Topical Turmeric Cream
First is to use a topical application— a topical cream of turmeric gets absorbed directly into the body, bypassing the gut to ensure maximal results. In addition to superior absorption, a topical skin application is easy and convenient to use. This is what makes Hemochromatosis Help’s Turmeric Cream the most popular supplement on our site.
Enhanced Absorption Turmeric Capsules
Second is to use a special form of turmeric capsule with enhanced methods of absorption. Hemochromatosis Help’s Turmeric Capsules provides the patented BCM-95® brand of turmeric, a special form of turmeric with enhanced methods of absorption. Laboratory testing has shown BCM-95® greatly increases curcumin stability and significantly enhances oral absorption when compared to ordinary curcumin. To date is has been the subject of more than 21 published studies and has been researched worldwide for over 12 years.