Turmeric And Curcumin Benefits And Side Effects – The Most Potent Combo

By Michael

October 3, 2018

Jab Jab KA-POW!

Is that really how it feels to get taste of Turmeric in your mouth or is it the healing components?

Turmeric has taken the world by a storm. You may have seen those turmeric spices in a world-famous McCormick bottle, in a spiced latte, a famous poached egg, in your favorite smoothies, and even in chocolate bars!

And it’s memorizing bright yellow color is just the sight to see. Let’s take a second to step back and ask ourselves, why is it the new ingredient?​

Turmeric comes in a spice physical shape, and it’s derived by it’s turmeric herbal plant. You’re likely to find this herb in two commonly places, both India and Central America.

When you hear turmeric, does curry come to your mind? That’s right, turmeric is the main ingredient in curry in Indian cuisine. It’s used to as a food coloring to cover:

  • curry powders
  • butter
  • mustard
  • cheese

If you’re eating turmeric as opposed to taking it as a supplement,(which we’ll talk more on later) you can have a look at it in your produce isle of your local grocery store.

You can also purchase it as a ground spice(a popular McCormick bottle). Flavor-wise, it’s just overwhelmingly bitter and, almost musky, with a hint of peppery spice.

The root of turmeric is what we need to examine, and that’s the real purpose of today.

The root of turmeric is widely used to make and use as medicine. The plant has a long history of being used in Ayurvedic medicine, treating problems like fatigue and pain.

The drive behind closer studies by scientist helps prove that in the molecular structure of turmeric there is a yellow-colored chemical called curcumin. It’s because of this ingredient alone that is responsible for having treated millions of peoples health conditions.

Given it’s reputation as a super-food status, many people use turmeric as a modern day alternative medicine for reducing their inflammation and treating diseases. In a world of:

  • painkillers
  • toxic chemicals
  • side effects

… Wouldn’t it be better if you could replace all that with turmeric? I surely wouldn’t have to think twice. In the reading today you’re going to learn more about how and then just about turmeric and curcumin benefits and side effect, you’ll learn why turmeric is going to naturally help you:

  1. Get rid of your inflammation
  2. Reduce your pain
  3. How to use it
  4. Its uses and side effects for your lower back

By the end of today, you’ll have a handle of why turmeric is the main ingredient in herbal remedies, and why when it’s combined with other natural healing powers, creates a recipe for long-lasting healing and relief.

What’s In This Wonderful Popular Spice?

Let’s jump into a chemist and biologist transporter, put our lab coats on and lock our heads into the components of turmeric….trust me, this will be both fun and eye-opening!

In this nostalgic spice, you’ll find 100 unique and different compounds. The most common as I’ve brought up earlier is Curcumin; the real reason turmeric even stands a chance of winning a Nobel prize when it comes to it’s healing benefits.

You’d think that because turmeric gets it’s bright yellow color from curcumin, that it would have to contain a large percentage right? Well…

Believe it or not, this compound only comprises a little over 5% of the spice! And this is according to the Journal of medical chemistry. Turmeric spice has enough power to change the color of your broth, or your cooked meals with the touch of one-two tablespoons!

But that doesn’t answer why turmeric is a “super-food”…at least not until now.

It’s concentration of curcumin is part of the functional family group of the organic alcohol group. What this means is that it contains a poly-phenol-antioxidant plant compound -that contains natural anti-inflammatory properties

Turmeric has what is called “free radicals”, which are highly reactive molecules with unpaired electrons; these electrons cause less stability than those that are paired.

Free radicals are good for this case because they tend to react with important organic substances in your body like:

  • fatty acids
  • DNA
  • Proteins

Its popular anti-oxidant properties can neutralize these free radicals.

Great, but how can that all help you? Let’s dive right into the bulk of the meat.

How Can You Use Such A Potent Spice To Your Advantage?

Turmeric has no shortages of use, in fact there are so many that continuous research is taking place right at this moment. One of these, and An excellent place to start is with weight.

As a world united as one, we’ve endured one epidemic after another, but lately none greater than facing obesity. I for one used to struggle with my weight day in and day out, as controlling my cravings were quite an exaggeration. But I fortunately turned things quickly around.

Unfortunately , it is quite unclear if turmeric can truly help you lose weight, but some research is showing growth and it’s promising. Taking a curcumin supplement for about 30 days(experimenting with it’s use) it was found that it did help reduce weight loss, reducing my body weight by about 5% and I had lost body fat by almost 7%!

For those of you who’ve had turmeric are probably thinking: “what in the world”!…

“I put turmeric in my meals and I haven’t seen that type of result.” All I can say is this, you’ve been digesting it the wrong way.

I used a bio-available curcumin supplement, which means it’s specially regulated and formulated to better be absorbed by the body. Way different from simply eating turmeric alone. Which brings me to my next point.

We as humans are not any good at absorbing curcumin. Consumed on it’s own, it passes throughout our body without our blood stream reading and capturing it wholly. Without that, you will not get the healing powers when you take turmeric as spice alone. But don’t give up just yet, there’s one solution…Piperine.

Piperine is an active compound found in the black pepper you use in your cooking and what you eat. When curcumin and piperine are combined and consumed together, the piperine will enable your body to absorb the curcumin at a much higher rate. The activation energy it provides is outstanding.

We’ve talked about turmeric, curcumin, and now bioprene, but there’s one main driving factor to why you can lose weight effectively and more naturally.

It’s called Forskolin. Losing weight can be extremely difficult. Although I’ve designed a promising way to lose fat with conventional methods here on our site, only 15% of people succeed.

So sometimes we need an extra push. Those who fail are likely to turn to solutions like a dietary supplement and herbal medicines.

One of these is Forskolin, a natural plant compound claiming to be an impressive weight loss supplement. I for one can back it up, mainly because it can be traced back to its roots.

Forskolin is a compound found in a tropical plant related to mint. It’s been used for centuries to treat conditions and diseases in the world of herbal medicine.

How Does Forskolin Help With Helping You Lose Weight?

Forskolin put simply, will stimulate the release of your stored fat from fat cells. On it’s own, it can’t release stored fat in your cells effectively to promote weight lost – it needs to be helped with a calorie deficit.

In other words, you need to expend more calories than you take in. A weight loss supplement can support your calorie deficit by:

  • Increasing your metabolic rate(fat burning)
  • Suppressing your cravings-appetite
  • Reducing your efficiency of being able to digest it

The one thing I took away from turmeric and forskolin is that it helped reduce my cravings, increased my energy, and suppressed my appetite. Even at work, I felt more focused.

The most satisfying element is that it helped me not gain weight, which is surprising giving that I tend to eat a lot(us Hispanic families love our cooking). Am I saying this will be for everyone?

Not exactly, but it’s greatly useful for us with lower back pain. The reason I say this is that taking anything with turmeric in it will safely reduce your inflammation, while at the same time allowing you to manage your weight loss.

If you had to take any other form of supplement with a faster weight loss and you had chronic pain, you might want to be more careful with your selection.

Not only from my own experience, but one the the most promising aspect to turmeric and forskolin is that its credited by many other lower back pain, and for people in general trying to reduce their weight. 

Turmeric and forskolin for weight loss are a packed combo that deliver a meaningful punch if you’re looking to reduce cravings, all while losing that stubborn belly fat.

A Cure For Back Pain?

In the world of back pain, turmeric is the hidden secret that no one seems to know about. When we feel inflammation, we immediately reach for a bottle of ibuprofen or dicolofenec(NSAID) or a cold pack.

These are acceptable drugs for managing your pain relief, but regular use of them will come with serious side effects.

For this one reason, many people are turning over to more natural alternative treatment for help. And What if you had more of a chronic pain? How should that look?

Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties to help with your lower back pain. Thanks to the effectiveness of curcumin, you can rely on such a treatment to reduce your inflammation and pain.

From my own experience, a 400mg to 600mg dosage of curcumin per tablet, taken 3 times a day will be one the right ways to go about.

Turmeric with lower back pain is used most effectively when there is a high dosage of Curcumin. By a general rule of thumb, any tablets with 400mg and above with curcumin is a solid pick.

While it’s not likely that turmeric and curcumin will cure your back pain, what they will do are these things:

  • Decrease your inflammation
  • Block inflammation
  • Increase proper blood-flow
  • Help maintain and lose weight
  • Heal faster

Uses And Side Effects

Up to this point we focused on what turmeric and curcumin are, and the type of powerhouse they are when infused together. While turmeric can be a super agent, anything that can be as potent, has a chance of coming with side effects.

Turmeric will likely be safe to you if digested by mouth or applied to your skin, and if you’ve ever used it in the form of mouthwash, that will be just as safe.

Although there are no extreme side effects, there are the occasional light and short term side effects like:

  • nausea
  • upset stomach
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness

For pregnancy and breastfeeding: If you’re pregnant, its likely that digestion it by mouth by the amounts you find in food will not harm you. It is Likely though if you consume it by mouth for medical purposes, that it can.

Iron deficiency: Consuming turmeric in high amounts will actually prevent the absorption of iron. Make sure that if you have iron deficiency , and you must take turmeric, to take amounts less than 400mg for once a day preferred.

Surgery: If you’re going to have surgery coming up, stop taking turmeric two weeks prior to your surgery. Taking turmeric will slow down your blood clots.

Turmeric Is A Staple In Natural Medicine

Much of what you see and hear about on TV, the news, the web, from your friends and family has everything to do with drugs. Other than drugs, why not opt for a natural remedy that can do the same and even more?

The first line of defense from inflammation almost certainly tends to be a drug, and If you have to take a painkiller only do so for a limited time, because they do cause side effects in the long run.

Today you learned 3 very important details, what turmeric and curcumin are, how to get the best out of using both, and the possible side effects that can come from their use.

The next time you go to treat a wound, decrease inflammation, and reduce your pain, just think about why there is turmeric in every natural remedy…it could be there because it’s a necessity.

If you would like to learn more about the one turmeric and curcumin supplement benefits to help ease your joint pain and so much more, see here.

Thank you for reading our article, I encourage you to ask questions, share your concerns, or offer your opinion. I’ll be more than happy to help you!


About the author

Hi My name is Michael Granados, I am of the age of 25 years, and I’m a back pain enthusiast, and expert. All of us have had or will have lower back pain at least once in our lives, and whether it’s acute or a more chronic condition, you can depend on us here at Remove Back Pain to take great care of you. I ensure you’ll take the right and most appropriate steps for you to heal the safest and most productive way. Get ready for a better lifestyle!

  • I knew turmeric was good for you and I use it quite frequently in my food, but I had no idea you needed other ingredients to help your body absorb the curcumin. That’s a valuable piece of information and I’ll be sure to add pepper to my dishes from now on, as well. I rarely use it as curry, I just add a bit to my rice, soups or potatoes to help give that bright color and make them more appetizing.

    • Hi Genesis,

      I’m glad you had previous knowledge and use with turmeric prior to being here today. It would be awesome if turmeric along could be used as a potent anti-inflammatory as well as a delicious iitem in food, acting hand in hand. But the reality is, turmeric needs a drive to stop the inflammation, and cause the inflammation to push back, and not return as frequently. I’m just like you too…I place turmeric to similar foods, especially on my potatoes, its quite tasty! Yeah, the next time you add turmeric, think about how good it is ofcourse, but also remember that it’s a popular herbal remedy that is used in many anti-inflammatory supplements, foods, and creams. Thank you.

  • Hello and wow, what an incredible find. I had no idea that something so common in curry could be also so many different things too. I didn’t think turmeric could be used as a pain reliever like this. As someone who has had issues with back pain for years, it is a welcome surprise. I also am a little overweight and would like to see if other than a pain killer it could help shift a little belly fat too! Thanks for sharing this with your site viewers.

    • Hi Kenny, 

      I know right? That’s where I learned about turmeric, with a good ol friend of mine back in the high school days. His family eats plenty of curry(as you can already tell he is Indian) and so they told me how powerful it really can be. Turmeric alone is not effective, although its debatable…usually a small amount can help, but its not enough for most inflammation that’s out there. With curcumin and at times bioprene to enhance the absorption and higher volume rates of curcumin is essential depending on your type of pain and inflammation. It’s truly a gem, and only because so many of us like to use painkillers and less alternative medicine, we are not made aware.

      I’m glad you mentioned that, because I have an article that speaks about turmeric with forskolin. Not with a whole amount of curcumin, rather forskolin, a natural plant that is used to reduce cravings and shed off weight. The great thing about it is its a safe diet plan, and my most recommended for back pain patients. Many people with back issues seem to think they will never shed of pounds, but quite in fact, its the opposite. The approach to it is wrong. People are always looking for a quick solution, quick fix. What I like about turmeric is that it doesn’t hurt you and is trusted. I actually side for these rather than Ketos and others out there for people in pain. 

      Here’s a link to that article if you’d like to see: go here.

      Thank you for taking the time out of your day to be here.

  • I was looking for ways to get rid of my inflammation. My trainer suggested that I should consume turmeric. However I also do intermittent fasting. Is there an ideal to consume for me or can I just consume it anytime?

    • Hi Furkan,

      Turmerics a great choice, as long as it has a substantial amount of curcumin, and you can’t go wrong with one that says Bioperine. There is no standar dosage but from experience you’d ideally want to take 2-3 capsules per day to begin, and between 500-1500mg. Most tablets if you’re them have a total of 1500 mgranados92@hotmail.com per 3 tablets. I used to start with some that were not standard, at 700mg and bumped it up to 1500mg per days use. A tablet would be just fine for your use, before or even after works ok.

  • Great article!

    I wasn’t exactly aware of the health benefits of turmeric (which by the way I happen to have on the shelf of my pantry at home)…And yes as we age, pain and inflammation are two very common problems so it’s good to learn that turmeric can be a natural and sale alternative to pharmaceuticals.

    • Hi Christie,

      Oh really? That’s funny because I have a bottle of turmeric sitting in my own pantry as well haha. It’s a quality spice to use on food, and it’s even more awesome to use as an anti-inflammatory. It’s one of the best alternatives to drugs and painkillers. It’s used as an extract in most supplements, and herbal remedies. Thank you.

  • I love using turmeric. It is really a good treatment for so many health issues. I use it in my cooking especially chicken and some vegetable dishes. As a matter of fact, I even add a little to some of my smoothies. Additionally, I also make tea with it, but sometimes I do feel a bit nauseous whenever I drink the tea. No doubt, it’s a good product though.

    • Hi Carol,

      Turmeric is great for just the reasons you mentioned, it’s versatility. I can relate. I use turmeric for all those same reasons, and you can’t go wrong on a smoothie, absolutely tasteful, and the added effects of a healthier drink is always a plus! I don’t mind it in a team form, but it’s probablly the last way I’d use it myself. Thank you!

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