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May 2017 NH Newsletter
"I'm confused about curcumin and turmeric. I have the impression that curcumin, not turmeric, has been studied and that you can't cook with curcumin? 

Which do you recommend, turmeric or curcumin? And why?"
What is Turmeric?

Turmeric is derived from the rhizomes (underground stems) of the plant Curcuma longa, a member of the ginger family. It is responsible for the yellow colour of Indian curry and American mustard. It has been used in East India and the Middle East for thousands of years, and is now one of the most highly-prized spices in the world.
Turmeric comes in many forms, tea, spice and supplements. The supplements would be a much more concentrated form of the dried herb.

What is Curcumin 
(the supplement)? 

One of the primary active ingredients in "Turmeric" is "Curcumin". Curcumin makes up 2-9% of the plant material found in Turmeric. The roots and the bulbs of the Turmeric plant are the parts used medicinally and where Curcumin is extracted.

** Imagine taking a syringe plunged into the root and bulb of the Turmeric plant and extracting some of the goodness out. This is certainly not the way the extraction process works but does help to give you a visual on the very detailed process. The active ingredients in "Turmeric" are called curcumnoids. The most important of which is Curcumin. **
When to use the Supplement Turmeric and 
When to use the Supplement Curcumin?

If you want to see the best benefits of Turmeric as a supplement you need to be sure that it is standardized to contain Curcumin so we suggest to stick with Curcumin as your supplement choice to be sure that you are getting all the benefits of this great herb.

We suggest that you consider adding turmeric to foods, smoothies etc. Any time you take the whole herb you are getting goodness and health benefits.

A good rule of thumb is, "Wherever inflammation is a problem, curcumin may be helpful."

Curcumin Health Benefits 

Curcumin is the main pharmacological ingredient found in Turmeric and the numerous studies that have been conducted on its various therapeutic benefits have shown that Curcumin offers anti-inflammatory benefits.


It is now believed that chronic, low-level inflammation plays a major role in almost every chronic, Western disease. This includes heart disease, arthritis, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer's and various degenerative conditions.


Therefore, anything that can help fight chronic inflammation is of potential importance in preventing and even treating these diseases.


Curcumin is our number one go-to supplement for inflammatory health concerns because it actually targets multiple steps in the inflammatory pathway, at the molecular level.

  • Potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals
  • Boosts levels of the brain hormone BDNF, which may help increase the growth of new neurons and fights various degenerative processes in the brain
  • Beneficial effects on several factors known to play a role in heart disease.
  • Helps relieve symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease
  • Can help with inflammation associated with rheumatoid and osteoarthritis arthritis
  • Due to its anti-inflammatory powers, may help reduce pain
What to Look for in a Curcumin Supplement?
  • Look for a reputable brand of Curcumin. Some supplements are labelled as such but contain less of the beneficial curcuminoids.
  • Look for standardized extracts
  • If the Curcumin is very inexpensive ask why? It takes a lot of Turmeric to extract Curcumin
Added Boost- Add Turmeric to Your Diet!

How do I get Turmeric in my daily diet? You can buy it in powder form and add it to your meals. You can add it to scrambled eggs, cooked vegetables, rice and soups, or basically any food that you want to spice up. You can add it to your smoothies or make a tea with it. If you don't want to eat it, you can buy it in capsule form. 
Turmeric Tea photo
Turmeric Tea

Prep time:    5 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes
Yield:          1 Serving

  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of clove
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • tsp fresh ginger (optional)
  • pinch of fresh ground black pepper*
  • as much turmeric as you can handle! Start with a teaspoon and go up from there.
  • 1-2 cups of water
  • raw honey to sweeten
  • milk substitute of choice (coconut milk or almond milk for example)

*I have included black pepper in this recipe as studies show it aids in the absorption of curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric.

  • Simmer herbs and water together for 10 mins
  • Strain out and add honey and milk
Fast and furious blender method
  • Boil water in your kettle and add to blender
  • Add in spices and blend until smooth and unified in colour
  • Strain out tea and add milk and honey

Have a Natural Health Question?
"I suffer from chronic back pain due to an ulcerated disc pushing against the nerves, and arthritis to the same joint.  My naturopath recommended some anti-inflammatory supplements and NEM.  What do you recommend?"

Thank you for sending in your inquiries to nutrition house. We have a lot of people who come into our stores with chronic pain and we have multiple products to help alleviate the pain. 
I agree with your Naturopathic recommendations. The NEM has helped many people with arthritis pain as it helps to rebuild the joint. I would like to add fish oils to that. Fish oils will lubricate your joints and is a very strong anti-inflammatory.
Curcumin is also a strong anti-inflammatory (with many other health benefits). The idea is to reduce inflammation (the fire in the joint) so the body can get in there and heal it.  

As far as nerve pain, this is a little more challenging to treat. I would suggest that you try hypericum spray or cream. It comes from St John's Wort and works directly on the nerves. Spray it or rub it on the area of pain as often as you need.

I hope this helps and that you are feeling better soon.

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