A Deep Dive into the Health Benefits of Turmeric…

...and how this ancient spice can help you meet your Keto goals.

The Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric is a deep yellow coloured spice that comes from the Turmeric plant, commonly used in Asian cuisine. It looks like a ginger root. The common curry dish you're likely familiar with relies on this earthy and warm spice. It has a bitter flavour, typically used to season or colour curries, mustards, butters and cheeses.

The yellow chemical, Curcumin, is the most important part of Turmeric - it's what makes food and cosmetics colourful - but it’s the health benefits of Curcumin that make it so relevant. Curcumin has anti-inflammatory, anti-amyloid, antiseptic, antitumor, and antioxidant properties, making it a real medicinal powerhouse.

Turmeric roots have been used in alternative medicine - Ayurveda - for centuries and is believed to date back to 2600 and 2200 BCE.

An ingredient in Golden Milk, also known as Turmeric Milk - a traditional Ayurvedic drink that has been in use for its potential benefits every day for thousands of years - Turmeric is once again in the spotlight for the abundance of health benefits it offers, and not just to those on a Keto Diet.

Let's take a quick look at why Turmeric is so good for your body...

This mighty natural antioxidant hero battles the free-radicals roaming your cells to help fight the visible signs of ageing - lines and wrinkles, sagging skin and age spots - all while working to prevent or reduce the damage caused by oxidation.

Antioxidants are the body's champions for good health and may be beneficial in helping to reduce the damage from heart disease, cancer, arthritis, stroke, respiratory diseases, immune deficiency, emphysema, Parkinson’s disease, and other inflammatory or ischemic conditions that have all been linked to oxidation caused by free radicals.

The Antimicrobial properties of Turmeric can help for everything from external healing (acne, scarring) to help fighting bad bacteria in your stomach for improved gut health.

Boots your body's fat burning ability and tackle digestive issues with this natural Metabolic Stimulant.

Most of the benefits associated with Turmeric are due to its Anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it a powerful natural medicine to have in your arsenal when combating the day to day stresses everyday life puts on your body.

Turmeric is is often found combined with Black Pepper - for the active ingredient Piperine - and Ginger. This pair boost the benefits of turmeric with their complementary antioxidant and anti-microbial properties.

Product Spotlight

Nutravita Organic Turmeric with Black Pepper & Ginger 180 Vegan Capsules

3 month supply of high strength Organic Turmeric capsules.

2 capsules a day provide 1440mg:

1340mg of Organic Turmeric (670mg per capsule)

80mg of Organic Ginger (40mg per capsule)

20mg of Organic Black Pepper (10mg per capsule)

Why is Turmeric Good for Keto?

It's easy to see how that fits into the Keto Lifestyle, promoting overall good health, calming the systems of your body, stimulating digestion and fat burning, and accelerating healing. These are all qualities that make the Keto Diet appealing, so bringing an extra friend to the party - one that enhances all the benefits of Keto - can be a wise choice.

Six common conditions that Turmeric can be good for

The health benefits of Turmeric are well documented and include the use for many common health issues such as:

  • Inflammation

  • Digestive issues

  • Allergies

  • Skin conditions

  • Depression

  • Sleep disorders

Turmeric for Inflammation

Turmeric has been used in alternative and complementary medicine for centuries in the fight against inflammation. Learn how this natural anti-inflammatory works to combat the symptoms we associate with this common condition.

What is inflammation?

It’s just as important for you to understand what it is, as it is for you to recognise the signs and symptoms that show up in your body when inflammation has been triggered.

Inflammation is a natural, protective response of your body to injury or infection. It can be acute, meaning it only lasts a short time and usually resolves without treatment, or chronic, which lasts for months or years.

Inflammation occurs as a way for the immune system to protect us by removing the toxins and dead cells from our bodies, which then speeds up healing time. But if it becomes chronic - meaning it lasts more than 12 hours - then it can lead to serious health complications.

Chronic inflammation occurs when the immune system responds too quickly or inappropriately and causes an increase in inflammatory cells which leads to swelling, pain, and tissue damage.

What causes inflammation?

All sorts of things can cause inflammation:

  • viruses and bacteria that enter the body through cuts in the skin

  • inflammatory conditions and diseases like arthritis

  • allergies and food intolerances

How does Turmeric help with inflammation?

Turmeric has been used for centuries as a natural medicinal agent, for the anti-inflammatory properties of the compound Curcumin. Studies have shown Curcumin has a beneficial effect on inflammatory conditions, metabolic syndrome, arthritis, anxiety, hyper-lipidemia, exercise-induced inflammation and muscle soreness.

The Polyphenols - micronutrients that we get from the food we eat - in Curcumin help inhibit enzymes that have pro-inflammatory properties.

The anti-inflammatory benefits of Turmeric can be best seen at a medicinal dose. How much Turmeric (Curcumin) you need may vary, but the recommended dose for inflammation is 500–2,000 mg Turmeric daily.

Turmeric Curcumin Capsules with Black Pepper for Inflammation

Turmeric for Digestive Issues

Before Keto, digestive issues plagued my life. To be honest, my entire family seem to have digestive issues. Would it surprise you to hear that GP's in the UK spend up to 10% of their time

seeing patients with various digestive issues?

Golden Milk has been popular for centuries for its’ digestive calming properties. Combining the antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities of Turmeric. This ancient spice is a powerful natural aid in coping with digestive issues.

What are Digestive Issues?

Digestive issues are a common problem for many people. They can be mild, such as occasional heartburn or gas, to more severe cases like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Digestive issues can lead to pain in the abdomen and other symptoms that may disrupt your life.

When you have digestive problems, it's natural to feel frustrated and discouraged because they're often difficult to treat or manage.

What causes Digestive Issues?

Digestive problems can be triggered by many things and some of the more common causes include:

  • food intolerances

  • eating too much sugar or processed foods

  • not getting enough fibre in your diet

  • drinking alcohol too often

  • taking medications that upset your stomach like ibuprofen or aspirin.

How does Turmeric help with Digestive Issues?

Turmeric is one of the most powerful spices that can stimulate the digestive system and help with many digestive problems due to the anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties of Curcumin. It has been especially effective when combined with Lecithin, an essential fat that is found in the cells of your body.

Lecithin can be found in nature, in foods like soybeans and egg yolks, or can be purchased as Golden Linseed, in a powdered or granulated form or in the form of Lecithin supplements.

For digestive issues, a gentle daily dose of turmeric in a powder form via a Golden Milk drink or Golden Smoothie may be beneficial.

There are so many Golden Milk recipes out there, but they typically have 3 ingredients in common: Turmeric Powder, Ground Ginger & Black Pepper.

Here are some recipe variations to try:

Golden Milk with Milk and Butter

Turmeric Powder - 1 1/2 teaspoons

Ground Ginger - 1/2 teaspoon

Black Pepper - a pinch (or use 2-3 whole peppercorns)

Butter - 1 tablespoon

Milk of choice - 200ml (warmed, but not boiling)

Dairy Free Golden Milk with Coconut Oil

Turmeric Powder - 1 1/2 teaspoons

Ground Ginger - 1/2 teaspoon

Black Pepper - a pinch (or use 2-3 whole peppercorns)

Coconut Oil - 1 tablespoon

Water - 200ml (hot, but not boiling), or substitute with a dairy free milk of choice

Golden Milk with MCT Oil (Bulletproof Golden Milk)

Turmeric Powder - 1 1/2 teaspoons

Ground Ginger - 1/2 teaspoon

Black Pepper - a pinch (or use 2-3 whole peppercorns)

MCT Oil - 18ml (or whatever the does is for your product - I use Ketosource Pure 8 MCT Oil)

Butter - 1 tablespoon

Water - 200ml (hot, but not boiling)

Blend (I use my Ninja Blender - because they're the best!!) and enjoy...

Turmeric for Allergies

Now that we understand more about how Turmeric works within the body to soothe and calm, it’s not surprising to learn that Turmeric is also good for allergies.

What are Allergies?

Allergies are your body's reactions to substances either in the environment, or internally from food or medication.

Common allergies include:

  • hay fever (or pollen allergy)

  • food allergy

  • drug allergy

  • latex allergy

  • pet dander or hair hypersensitivity

  • dust mite sensitivity

We have recently experienced Penicillin allergy. Goodness knows how my husband got to 50 years old and didn't know he had a Penicillin allergy - thanks In-Laws! - but he is one of those people who never seem to get sick.

What causes Allergies?

Allergies are the result of your immune system mistaking something harmless for a dangerous invader, producing symptoms such as:

  • sneezing

  • allergic rhinitis - itchy, runny or blocked nose

  • coughing

  • itchy, red, watering eyes

  • wheezing

  • chest tightness

  • shortness of breath

  • hives - itchy, red rash

  • swelling - often in or around the mouth or on the face

  • stomach pain

  • nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea.

There are two types of allergies, natural and acquired. Natural allergies occur when your body mistakes a harmless substance for something harmful. Acquired allergies are due to exposure, perhaps at home or at work, like getting a new pet or having new carpets installed.

How does Turmeric help with Allergies?

Curcumin has been studied for its effects on allergy symptoms, including the reduction of inflammation and irritation. Its anti-allergenic properties may have help inhibit histamine release within the body, reducing the allergic response.

We found that using a turmeric cream had quite a calming effect in conjunction with a curcumin supplement, but it still took several days for hubby's Penicillin rash to subside.

Turmeric Cream for Allergies and Skin Conditions

Turmeric for Skin Conditions

Antioxidant boosting and inflammation fighting Turmeric can be beneficial for the skin, and helpful in the treatment of skin conditions.

What are Skin Conditions?

Skin conditions can be very stressful, especially when they affect the face and they and often result in discomfort, itching, redness, unpleasant eruptions, rashes, or a combination of these symptoms. There are a huge number of skin conditions and they can be caused by a variety of things such as irritation, clogged pores or inflammation from infection or immune disorders.

What causes Skin Conditions?

There are a huge number of skin conditions and they can be caused by a variety of things such as irritation from allergies or environmental irritants, clogged pores or inflammation from infection or immune disorders. Genetics can even lay a part in understanding the cause of your skin condition.

How does Turmeric help with Skin Conditions?