Turmeric shots for recovery

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Turmeric shot benefits

Turmeric is a gorgeous golden spice renowned for its healing benefits and rich, comforting flavour. Originating from India, it’s part of the ginger family and its medicinal uses date back over four thousand years. As well as being one of the most popular and distinctive ingredients in curries, turmeric is a big deal in Ayurvedic medicine and has been used to treat a huge range of conditions such as respiratory problems, fatigue, rheumatism and chronic pain.

Turmeric’s trademark bright golden hue comes from curcuminoids, which are also used to colour food and materials. In some places, it’s also known as Indian Saffron. Here are just a few of the reasons why so many people swear by turmeric as a powerful healer.

Inflammation

The curcumins found in turmeric are believed to have powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which can help ease the symptoms of arthritis, rheumatism and other painful conditions. This also means that many use this colourful spice as a preventative supplement to keep their bones and joints healthy.

Skin health

Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties make it a popular treatment for a variety of skin conditions, such as acne, psoriasis and dermatitis. Because of this it’s becoming an increasingly popular ingredient in soaps, skin washes and moisturisers.

Acid reflux/indigestion

Research into digestive issues like heartburn and indigestion has shown that inflammation plays a huge role in gut ill health. Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties make it a go-to for wellness enthusiasts looking for a natural way to beat acid reflux.

Mood disorders

Many believe that turmeric is a powerful antidepressant that not only naturally promotes good moods and positivity but can also help prescription antidepressants work more efficiently.

Memory

Curcumin boosts brain power by supporting the Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF);  a type of growth hormone that functions in the brain. Decreased levels of this hormone have been linked to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, so taking regular turmeric shots may be able to keep the brain healthier for longer.

Do you really need turmeric shots?

Because turmeric is so readily available in supermarkets, you could be forgiven for thinking that just adding a spoonful of this golden spice to your dinner will be enough to reap all its wonderful benefits. Unfortunately, the curcumin content of turmeric is pretty low - only about 3% by weight - which makes it practically impossible to get the good stuff you need through food alone. If you really want to enjoy turmeric for its medicinal properties it needs to be taken as a supplement, such as a carefully measured turmeric shot.

In most cases turmeric seems to be well tolerated, with few allergic reactions or side effects. Those who do report side effects mention nausea, bloating and gas - although this is usually when the supplement is taken in very high doses.

As with any herbal supplement, it is advised that you speak to your doctor before taking turmeric, to be sure that it will not interact with any other health conditions or medicines you’re taking.  Please note: we do not recommend taking turmeric as an alternative to any other prescribed medicines and do not claim to be medical experts.

Check out our recovery shot using turmeric here.