Amber Orton

Amber Orton

8 Powerful Benefits of Turmeric

You probably know of turmeric for its warm, spicy flavor and beautiful orange color. But are you supplementing with turmeric? If not, here’s what you could be missing out on!

  1. Decrease in inflammation: turmeric (or the active substance called Curcumin) is one of the most effective anti-inflammation compounds in the world. Even above aspirin and ibuprofen. Turmeric may even help with Alzheimer’s symptoms. Its been shown in studies that it reduces neurotoxicity which is related to chronic inflammation.
  2. Improving symptoms of depression: taken long term, curcumin has been studied and shown to be equally as effective as Prozac. 
  3. Pain management and arthritis symptoms: activating the opioid system without the harmful side effects. This impacts wound and burn pain, post-operative, nerve, and arthritic/joint pain. 
  4. Detoxification: by improving liver function, curcumin can help your body flush toxins. Removing these toxins are going to decrease inflammation and improve liver function. 
  5. Skin health: turmeric speeds wound healing, calms pores, and psoriasis flares. It can also help heal acne and acne scars.
  6. Blood health: reduces oxidative stress and inflammation as well as reducing risk of blood clots. 
  7. Diabetes: One compound produced by fermentation of curcumin called tetrahydrocurcumin, activated important enzyme pathways up to 100,000 times better than a leading diabetes medication in certain cells. In the treatment of type 2 diabetes, this is incredibly powerful for reducing insulin resistance and improving overall health. Another major complication in the disease is its impact on nerve health, leading to serious problems with muscle weakness to nerve pain even serious complications with organs and extremities. But curcumin has been studied and confirmed to protect your kidneys and reduces peripheral neuropathic pain. 
  8. Anti-cancer: powerful in killing cancer cells and preventing more from growing according to Cancer Research UK

Used in Ayurvedic medicine, which has been around for 5,000 years, turmeric is incredibly powerful when incorporated into our healthy diets. The Mayo Clinic has called it a “functional food” defining it among others as “foods that have a potentially positive effect on health beyond basic nutrition.” This spice belongs in more than just delicious ethnic dishes.

AMPD Nutrition has now blended turmeric’s powerful qualities in combination with other herbs to offer their new Golden Milk Beauty Sleep. Mix with coconut milk or water, and enjoy warm or chilled over ice. This will calm your body and prepare you for not only deeper sleep but a healthy restoration.

Beauty Sleep combines natural herbs to help you feel calmer, well-rested, and wake up healthier. 

Chamomile extract (beauty/relaxation/skin health/gut health)

From the oil of this flower comes amazing benefits. Ancient cultures have been using it for centuries topically and internally. It’s anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and antiseptic. Ancient Egyptian women would crush these flowers and apply to their skin to improve and preserve a youthful glow. Romans used the herb to reduce pain, inflammation, and digestive issues. We commonly now use chamomile tea for its relaxation benefits. Able to act as a mild sedative to reduce anxiety and calm nerves.

Kava Kava extract (relaxation/sleep)

Widely used across the world for its calming benefit, Kava Kava contained compounds called kavalactones which decrease overactive nerves and reduce anxiety. Thus, improving your quality of sleep. 

Valerian Root extract + GABA (relaxation)

The compounds known as valerenic acid within Valerian root may increase the brains supply of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). This is something that many people already take for its ability to increase calmness. Including this in the Beauty Sleep product will only further fight against anxiety and insomnia.

L-Tryptophan (relaxation/sleep/emotional health)

The benefits of L-Tryptophan come from the brain responding to the increase of niacin and serotonin within our body. Healthy levels of serotonin promote better sleep, emotional well-being by decreasing depression and anxiety. Especially in preparation for our monthly cycle when serotonin levels drop and that PMS low kicks in. 

Melatonin (sleep)

We naturally produce melatonin, however this hormone can be thrown off by various factors in our daily life. With supplementation, we can help restore normal wake-sleep cycles more easily.  1 in 3 adults are not getting adequate sleep. And you may not even know that it’s actually ideal for women to get 9-10 hours of sleep each night for best health and recovery. Life can make it so hard to get that much though! But especially for anyone fighting any kind of health concern, quality sleep is vital to your healing and improving your quality of life. You may be trying in vain to recover your energy with stimulants, but caffeine actually depletes melatonin levels. 

Resvida (fighting disease/anti-cancer)

Resveratrol is found in plants like grapes, berries, and peanuts. This antioxidant can improve insulin sensitivity, fight heart disease, and stunt cancer cells. 

Biotin (metabolic health/emotional health/beauty)

KA B7, is a water-soluble vitamin that acts as a coenzyme in metabolism of fatty acids, amino acids, and glucose. This vitamin is also known as the “hair and skin” vitamin because it promotes healthy hair growth and prevents brittle nails, dry skin and even fungal infections.

Collagen (beauty/gut health)

Collagens proteins improve and maintain skin elasticity, replacing dead skin cells, fortifies joints and tendons, aids in the digestive system function, and improves energy output. Did you know that collagen can even help reduce cellulite and stretch marks? Because of a loss of elasticity, cellulite becomes more visible as your skin thins. So by supplementing and ensuring adequate intake of this complex protein, you’re preventing and reducing this negative impact of the aging process. This wear and tear that happens in your body leads to joint pain which again, can be improved upon with ensuring your diet and supplements cater to your body. Collagen is also shown to help the healing of symptoms of leaky gut and IBS. 

Bioperine (nutrient absorption/metabolic health/emotional health)

The active ingredient in black pepper. It may seem strange to add black pepper (or a derivative) to a tasty health drink but its the impact is offers for the above ingredients. Bioenhancement, meaning it increases nutrient availability and uptake into your cells. Bioperine is particularly impactful on turmeric. For all the benefits listed at the top of this article, you don’t want to miss out due to mal-absorption. Other benefits include improving thermogenesis, memory capabilities, boosting serotonin levels, and immune system function by reducing inflammation. 

Timing is everything, here’s how to get the best from Beauty Sleep:

It’s recommended to take this golden milk sleep aid 20-30 minutes before your bedtime. Mix into hot water or warmed coconut milk. Consider frothing your coconut milk for an evening Beauty Sleep latte! Or if you’re wanting a cooling drink, prepare warm and cool in the fridge before pouring over ice. You can also blend into a protein smoothie with AMPD Vanilla Pro and your choice of milk or water. 

 

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