The Ultimate Turmeric Tonic To Help Your Joints And Digestion

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Struggle with inflammation? Whether it be digestion or joint issues we have just the thing for you. A turmeric tonic!!! But what is turmeric and why is this brightly coloured rhizome so ridiculously good for you? 

Turmeric is an perennial that can grow to over 1 metre tall. The pale yellow flowers can appear in short dense spikes. The root system consists of the bright orange, thick rhizomes. The medicinal parts used are the rhizome (root).

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Turmeric is actually part of the ginger family and like ginger it is a staple of Indian food traditions, often favoured in  Ayurvedic medicine. The active constituent in turmeric is curcumin - this is also helps give it its bright colour and the majority of the studies on the benefits of turmeric are on curcumin.  Turmeric is grown in mostly warmer climates - you don’t find it growing so easily in Dunedin…

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Benefits Of A Turmeric Tonic

Taking a turmeric tonic is a wonderful and easy way to reap the rewards of this amazing plant. Turmeric is a choleretic, cholagogue, hepatoprotective, anti-inflammatory, hypolipidemic, antimicrobial, and antioxidant herb. What that means is that it helps your digestive system function better, it helps to reduce free radical and inflammation levels and also supports a healthy microbiome. All in all - turmeric does a lot.

This plant is super versatile, so as well as taking a turmeric tonic you can use it as a topical paste, in a tea, as a gargle, or in your cooking (keep reading for our recipe). The part of the plant used is the rhizome, which can be consumed dried, cooked, or raw, and has a slightly peppery, mildly bitter, and earthy flavour.  Turmeric is mainly used to help support healthy inflammation levels.

 

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Our Turmeric Tonic - Anti-Flam

Our Anti Flam turmeric tonic is super unique. This is because we use three forms of turmeric which helps guarantee that we are utilising all the constituents available within this amazing plant. The three forms are; organic freshly grown New Zealand turmeric, organic dried turmeric powder and organic turmeric tincture. The constituents are drawn out in different mediums - like the water and alcohol. We have also added black pepper to help with absorption.

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To top it off we have also included some of our favourite New Zealand natives, horopito and akeake, which both impart an anti inflammatory action and help to support healthy inflammation levels. Horopito has a warming effect within the body which can also help support healthy circulation. 

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We
love our Anti-Flam turmeric tonic- we are often outdoors and feel the benefit of turmeric in helping us to keep mobile and healthy. Our tonic can be easily incorporated into your everyday - take it neat (5ml up to 4x daily), have it as a hot drink, or cold with sparkling or still water, added to milk to nut mylk or in smoothies. You do you. 

 
How A Turmeric Tonic Can Help You

Inflammation is part of life, but the level and intensity of inflammation is individual. If you are in a physically demanding role you may benefit from using our Anti-Flam turmeric tonic as part of your everyday well being regime. But if you suffer from inflammation and pain in certain situations you could use the Anti-Flam turmeric tonic situationally, like after a big weekend in the garden, or a long hike. 

Working to support healthy inflammation levels will help your overall health by reducing pain, strain and also reducing the effects on your immune system (ongoing inflammation can impact on our immunity by placing extra stress on our system - this can lead to you to feel like you ‘catch’ everything).

How Turmeric Can Help Your Joints

There are a tonne of scientific studies that prove just how beneficial this plant is for you. If you experience any of these issues mentioned below then maybe a turmeric tonic is for you!

Arthritis - A randomized 2009¹ study examined the efficacy and safety of turmeric in patients with knee arthritis, and concluded that turmeric was as effective and as safe as ibuprofen, which is commonly used to help joint pain. 

Another study  in 2014² revealed that turmeric was effective for osteoarthritis but also contributed to less abdominal pain and discomfort compared to the ibuprofen group. This is believed to be from the high antioxidants within turmeric that helped to reduce inflammatory agents that can cause tissue damage and pain and inflammation. 

How Turmeric Helps Your Digestion

Black pepper - Turmeric appears to be rapidly metabolized by the liver and intestines however it does need black pepper to help the bioavailability and absorption of the curcumin in turmeric by 2000%³. The use of black pepper also helps to ‘irritate’ the gut lining to help with increased absorption. 

Indigestion - In a double-blind, placebo controlled study in Thailand curcumin was compared to a placebo and also an over the counter medication for indigestion. From the curcumin group 87% of participants had full or partial relief from indigestion after a week. This was compared to 53% from the placebo group. 

Turmeric Paste Recipe 

After reading all the magical properties of turmeric you’re probably keen to include more of this wonderful plant into your diet. Aside from our very own turmeric tonic (Anti-Flam), here’s an easy quick recipe that is the perfect flavour enhancer for any meal!
Make your own turmeric paste:
  • 50g turmeric
  • 50 g ginger
  • 60gm coconut oil with 
  • 2tsp black pepper
Blitz until combined then add 2 Tbsp water and heat for five minutes. Pour into a in jar and keep in fridge. Use 1tsp to make a hot drink, add to smoothies or bliss balls.

References
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  1. Kuptniratsaikul V, Dajpratham P, Taechaarpornkul W, Buntragulpoontawee M, Lukkanapichonchut P, Chootip C, Saengsuwan J, Tantayakom K, Laongpech S. Efficacy and safety of Curcuma domestica extracts compared with ibuprofen in patients with knee osteoarthritis: a multicenter study. Clin Interv Aging. 2014 Mar 20;9:451-8. doi: 10.2147/CIA.S58535. PMID: 24672232; PMCID: PMC3964021.
  1. Shoba G, Joy D, Joseph T, Majeed M, Rajendran R, Srinivas PS. Influence of piperine on the pharmacokinetics of curcumin in animals and human volunteers. Planta Med. 1998 May;64(4):353-6. doi: 10.1055/s-2006-957450. PMID: 9619120.
  1. Thamlikitkul V, Bunyapraphatsara N, Dechatiwongse T, Theerapong S, Chantrakul C, Thanaveerasuwan T, Nimitnon S, Boonroj P, Punkrut W, Gingsungneon V, et al. Randomized double blind study of Curcuma domestica Val. for dyspepsia. J Med Assoc Thai. 1989 Nov;72(11):613-20. PMID: 2699615.

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