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You would have to be living under a rock to not know that turmeric rocks!

Even though there have been thousands of studies conducted on turmeric, researchers keep discovering more and more benefits. This deep yellow root has over a hundred therapeutic activities that promote the body’s natural defenses. Unlike synthetic antibiotics, turmeric has no negative effects on the intestinal micro flora.

Turmeric’s active compound, curcumin, has powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.  Chronic inflammation is known to be a contributor to many common western diseases and many studies show that curcumin inflammation, including arthritis. And because nearly all diseases and ailments can be traced back to inflammation and oxidative stress…it seems like there’s almost nothing that turmeric can’t heal.

In addition to being packed with anti-oxidants, turmeric also stimulates the body’s production of its own four most powerful antioxidant enzymes: superoxide dismutase, glutathioneglutathione reductase, and glutathione-S-transferase.

Curcumin also boosts levels of the brain hormone BDNF, which increases the growth of new neurons and fights degenerative processes in the brain.  Since curcumin can cross the blood-brain barrier, it may support those with Alzheimer’s disease.

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And if all this wasn’t enough, in a study of 60 depressed patients, it helped alleviate depression as well as Prozac in alleviating symptoms of depression!

However, the health benefits of any food or herb is based on the key active ingredients being absorbed and one challenge with curcumin is its low levels of bio-availability.  Most of the curcumin that is ingested gets metabolized before it can get absorbed.

 

Black pepper to the rescue!  Piperine is the key compound in black pepper.  It is akin to capsaicin in chili and curcumin in turmeric.  Black pepper enhances the bio-availability of turmeric. That is why we put turmeric AND black pepper into Mushroom Mama’s Golden Stamina Tea. 

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Medicinal Benefits of Turmeric:

  • anti-inflammatory
  • supports weight loss
  • immune boosting
  • supports graceful aging
  • maintains healthy blood pressure
  • natural antibiotic
  • anti-depressant
  • sleep aid

Turmeric is a beloved ingredient in Mushroom Mama’s Golden Stamina Tea

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