The list doesn’t end at mental health. Ancient and contemporary medicine systems are seeing curcumin’s positive impacts in the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes, digestive issues, pain relief and blood cleansing.
There is a caveat, however, to all this goodness. The effectiveness of curcumin and the key to unlocking its healing powers is in its bioavailability, i.e. our ability to actually uptake the curcumin internally. Curcumin, when ingested alone, is not readily available to be absorbed by the body.
We spoke to Zoe Lind van’t Hof, from innovative turmeric brand, Wunder Workshop, to understand this a little better, “as with many of nature’s powerful nutritional plants it is not always straightforward to reap their benefits. Turmeric is most bioavailable when used as powder, and must be consumed in conjunction with piperine (found in black pepper) and a fat (such as coconut or olive oil).”