Finally the world wakes up to this amazing spice - Turmeric for everyone

The Good Life Letter 

6th March 2016

History is littered with references to the powerful healers of the Far East.

Traditional medical practitioners from India, China and Persia were using natural remedies that the Western world ignored for many thousands of years.

Even the medical philosophy of the East was way ahead of the West, with revered scholars such as Ibn Sina (Avicenna to the Western scholars) leading the concepts of health, disease, hospitals and healing way before such thoughts had entered the European consciousness.

So it came as no surprise to read in the Daily Mail last week that one of the most prized of Eastern spices was being heralded as ‘Nature’s Wonder Drug’.

Yep, they just discovered turmeric. Welcome to the party chaps, tell us something we didn’t know!

If you want to read their piece, please do because it makes some pretty astounding claims for turmeric which even the most passionate of Ayuvedic practitioners would shy away from.

The thing that you can be absolutely sure of though is that this staple spice is a very powerful anti-inflammatory, and a very safe one too.

In the modern age we readily reach for aspirin or ibuprofen to act as a pain reliever. However, they belong to a family of drugs which are known to lead to stomach upsets and irritation of the gut lining.

Turmeric is just as effective but without the potentially damaging side effects.

For many people though the question is about how they can take the spice without resorting to a daily curry (although that wouldn’t be such a hardship for me!).

The answer can be found here

Truly the king of spices

I’ve written about turmeric many times before but have always struggled to find a source which I could recommend that allowed those of you who wanted a daily supplement to benefit from it.

You see the vast majority of suppliers use a cheaper version of curcumin rather than a full extract of turmeric, and that means you miss out on some of the overall benefits, such as:

  • Significantly reduce inflammation. This makes a huge difference in conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and inflammatory bowel conditions.
  • Improve liver and gall bladder function. This can help reduce bloating, reflux and low energy as well as helping to deal with conditions directly affecting the liver and gall bladder.
  • Mood stabilisation. Turmeric and curcumin are known to be very effective anti-depressants, as well as able to boost energy levels and aid digestion.
  • Skin health. The spice can be applied directly to the skin for conditions such as eczema and ringworm; however, taken as a supplement it helps reduce the effects of ageing and reduce wrinkles.
  • Diabetes and metabolic balance. Because turmeric helps many systems to function better, reduce build up of toxins and stabilise irritated tissue it can help the body deal with endocrine issues such as diabetes and thyroid problems.

These are some of the major health benefits, but there are many conditions that turmeric has been shown to be effective for as a result.

However, to get the best results you need to have the full benefit of turmeric as a whole spice rather than just the curcumin element of it – in addition if you add a little piperine into the mix (an extract of black pepper) the uptake of the spice is significantly enhanced.

So, that is what I am now able to offer you in a natural daily supplement.

A reader writes...

As I say, turmeric has featured large in many of my letters, but also in your e-mails to me, such as this advice from Mr C W, who told me of some interesting findings in a book he had read:

‘In rural India, less than 1% of seniors aged 65 and over have Alzheimer's disease, compared with about 13% in the US.  The reason for this is shockingly simple: Indians eat a lot of turmeric....

‘... low doses of turmeric over a long period of time are more effective than occasional high doses in fighting Alzheimer's.... And try to eat it with black pepper as this makes it even more powerful, the combination becomes more bio-available.’

He went on to tell me of his own experiences:

‘I have been making a hot tea using: turmeric, ginger, freshly ground black pepper, ground Himalayan rock salt, and honey to taste, I've been making this tea for personal use for a couple of years now, and I have at least 2 cups, or more usually 3 cups a day. From my personal experience I can say that the first benefit I noticed was a massive reduction in pain from the joints of my right hand, which has suffered fractures and broken bones over the years, all well healed, but leaving a legacy, especially in the winter period, I believe this is a benefit from the ginger ingredient in the tea.

‘I really don't know if I was ever, or am at risk of Alzheimer's disease, but I feel as clear headed at age 73 as I remember being during my teenage years!’

What I found interesting in this report was the fact that he highlights the need for the black pepper alongside the turmeric, and this accounts for why so many people taking a supplement don’t get the benefit as they should.

You see in a good curry the spice mix will always include turmeric and black pepper, hence the benefits achieved by the traditional recipes.

So, here’s the way to make the most of a traditional and potent remedy without the need for a daily visit to the local tandoori restaurant...

...but there is one final offer that you might like to think about.

The ultimate spice pack

I spent many months researching the history, usage and recipes for many of the most popular spices and herbs, and wrote a book called The Spice Healer and it quickly became one of the most popular books I have ever written.
Along with ginger, garlic and cumin the golden spice takes centre stage in many of the reasons why we should take Eastern traditional healing seriously.

Having now, finally, found a source of a turmeric supplement that I trust and can happily recommend you can also get the benefit of a completely natural turmeric supplement as well even if the idea of a curry leaves you cold.

Click here for the very best in natural turmeric, curcumin and piperine.

Yours, as always


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