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The Synergistic Effects of Turmeric and CBD

What is Turmeric?

Turmeric is a versatile herb in Ayurvedic medicine, the ancient holistic healing system of India with a history extending beyond 3,000 years. The versatile herb is classified by Ayurvedic practitioners as an "adaptogen", a sacred category of plants and herbs with wide ranges of medicinal applications and therapeutic benefits which improve wellbeing and are believed to enhance longevity. Turmeric and CBD are two of the essential ingredients in Modern Nature's Relieved CBD capsules. In this article, we'll be exploring the powerful synergistic effect of using turmeric and CBD together to enhance a healthy inflammation response as well as a host of benefits for optimized brain function, cardio health, and much more.  

The Golden Goddess: The Origins of Turmeric's Therapeutic Uses

Turmeric and CBDThe Latin name for turmeric is "Curcuma Longa", deriving from the Arabic term for the plant, "Kurkum". The name "turmeric" itself derives from the Latin Terra merita, which means "meritorious Earth", a reference to the resemblance of ground turmeric to a mineral pigment color. Originally, the robes of Buddhist monks were dyed with a variety of turmeric. The venerable herb is also commonly called "Indian Saffron".

Turmeric is a member of the ginger plant family. According to this informative article at California College of Ayurveda, turmeric is known by many names in its native India. In Sanskrit, the bright golden herb is called "Haridra"(The Yellow One), "Gauri" (The One Whose Face is Light and Shining), "Kanchani" (Golden Goddess), and Aushadhi (Herb). It is called "Jiang Huang" in Chinese, and "Haldi" (Yellow) in Hindi, to name just a few of the sacred herb's 53 Sanskrit names.

 Turmeric is best known for its powerful anti-inflammatory action, but it shares many therapeutic characteristics with cannabidiol (CBD), and the list of pharmacological properties is extensive including:

  • analgesic (painkilling)
  • antibacterial
  • anti-inflammatory
  • anti-tumor
  • anti-allergic
  • antioxidant
  • antiseptic
  • antispasmodic (relief from muscle spasms)
  • astringent (tightening of cells and tissues, anti-wrinkle)
  • carminative (relieves flatulence)
  • digestive
  • diuretic (improved urinary function)
  • stimulant
  • vulnerary (healing of wounds)

The wide array of therapeutic properties of turmeric has been applied over the centuries to manage symptoms and treat a plethora of ailments and disorders. It's an immediate cure for scorpion stings and a very effective insect repellent. Traditionally, in Ayurvedic practice, turmeric is prescribed to balance female lactation and reproductive systems, purify and improve semen health in men, heal wounds and manage symptoms of the common cold, headaches, conjunctivitis, bursitis, food poisoning, parasites, fever, diarrhea, poor circulation, and lower back and abdominal pain. 

Turmeric has earned a place in modern Western medicine as well, proving its effectiveness at treating the most serious maladies and diseases facing the world today. Below, we've listed just a few of the conditions which have medical indications for turmeric including:

  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Atherosclerosis
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (Hepatitis-C, Genital Herpes)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Indigestion
  • Inflammation
  • Acne
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Kidney Infections
  • Gallstones
  • Anemia
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Liver Disease
  • Leprosy
Compounds in Turmeric With Active Medicinal Qualities

The chief active ingredient in the turmeric plant is found in the rhizomes. Rhizomes are the parts of the plant which grow horizontally underground. The rhizomes are harvested, boiled, dried, and then ground into a rich orange-yellow powder. Turmeric powder is the common spice found in curry, and it gets its yellow color from the chemical compound curcumin.

Curcumin is one of several chemicals classified as "curcuminoids" in turmeric which is known to decrease swelling or inflammation. Curcumin also gets credit for reducing hay fever symptoms such as itching, runny nose, and congestion. It's been shown to decrease depression by enhancing the effects of other antidepressants. A daily supplement containing curcumin can improve attention and memory in adults who are showing early signs of mental decline. 

Health Benefits of Turmeric 

Curcumin in turmeric is a natural antioxidant which modern science classifies as a polyphenol. Polyphenols are the plant-derived compounds with potent anti-inflammatory and other protective properties. An article at WebMD reports on a 2009 study which revealed that curcumin was effective at thwarting atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), and clogged arteries, which are high-risk factors for stroke and heart attack. Curcumin reduced fatty deposits in mice by 26% and altered genetic signaling to decrease plaque buildup at the molecular level.

Curcumin for Brain Health

Curcumin in turmeric can improve brain function and lower risks for brain disease by boosting levels of BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor), a growth hormone which functions in the brain. Low levels of BDNF have been linked to Alzheimer's disease as well as depression. Increasing BDNF levels with turmeric enhances neuron growth to fight degenerative disorders of the brain and improve memory and cognitive function. 

Turmeric for Heart Health

Cardiovascular (heart) disease is the number 1 cause of death in the world. The curcumin compound in turmeric can provide a multifaceted approach to reversing the complex actions of heart disease progression. Curcumin improves the functioning of the linings of blood vessels known as the endothelium. This optimizes regulation of blood pressure, blood clotting, and overall cardiovascular health. Recent studies have shown that curcumin can be as effective as exercise and the drug Atorvastatin for improving endothelial function. 

Turmeric Against Cancer

Laboratory studies have shown that turmeric has anti-cancer effects on cancer cells, according to this report at Cancer Research UK. Once again the curcumin in turmeric is the active ingredient which kills cancer cells. In countries where curcumin is consumed in 100-200 mg amounts over long periods of time, certain cancers occur at significantly lower rates. A 2013 study on bowel cancer showed that chemotherapy was more effective when curcumin was used in a combined treatment regimen. 

An updated article at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center from January 2019 is reporting on promising results from animal studies indicating that curcuminoids in turmeric "may have protective effects against colon, stomach, and skin cancers". In lab tests, the direct application of turmeric stopped replication of cancer cells. The report also highlighted the potent antioxidant actions of curcuminoids in turmeric for preventing kidney and DNA damage that are caused by free radicals, "by enhancing the activity of an important detoxifying enzyme, and by neutralizing molecules". 

Synergistic Effects of Turmeric and CBD in Modern Nature's Relieved

For chronic pain and inflammation, the combination of turmeric and CBD offers a powerful synergistic solution. CBD's inherent anti-anxiety effects coupled with the powerful antioxidant and antidepressant potency of turmeric are the potent naturopathic combination in our Modern Nature Relieved Capsules.

One of the difficulties faced with turmeric is that it can be hard for the body to absorb enough of the active compound curcumin to achieve the desired therapeutic results. Our patented MoNa Turmeric Root Complex absorbs up to 6-times better than the leading enhanced absorption turmeric ingredients, such as supplements containing black pepper extract. That means you receive the maximum whole-body support from the generous 500 mg content of turmeric in each Relieved capsule. 

Relieved is Ph.D. formulated to optimize the health benefits of CBD from hemp oil, which works to maintain optimized homeostasis via the human endocannabinoid system by influencing important regions of the brain which control vital functions such as mood, sleep, cognitive thought, memory, emotion, pain tolerance, and inflammation response. With turmeric and CBD combining pharmacological forces Relieve is the perfect essential supplement for high-performance workout routines, preventative health regimens, as well as the vegan-friendly solution for chronic pain management and healthy inflammation response.