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The Fuss About Ginger, Tumeric and Turcumin

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The mere mention of ginger brings memories of my glee club days wherein I was always made to drink a glass of ginger juice or popularly known in Filipino as “salabat” (and definitely not called “luya juice” – LOL!) right before every major performance. “Yes, Victoria! I was a singer!” From then on, the idea of ginger making you sing better got nailed in the neurons of my brain. In my adult life, I’d probably relate ginger to dipping Japanese Tempura into it and my favorite airline drink – ginger ale.

Last month, I was invited to dinner by my friend at Hap Chan restaurant at the CCP Complex area, Manila Bay. I was introduced to Turcumin, the herbal food supplement that uses the ginger root as a source of antioxidants. During the dinner table discussion by the friends of my friend, Health Rich Pharma Corp. group, who gave me the Turcumin Herbal Food Supplement, I learned about Rhizome of Tumeric and the 500mg capsule it contained. The bottom line is to take one to two capsules daily after every meal (or as recommended by a health practitioner) so that it helps you not only digest properly but primarily removes the free-radicals in our bodies. These free-radicals, according to the group, damage our cell membranes, tampers our DNA and may even cause death.

Okay, ’nuff said with the nosebleed stuff. My friend treated me to Chinese food for which the average Filipino consumes in hasty bulk (in short, “boodle fight!”). I also had beer to go along with all the sugar, salt and carbohydrate binge fest. And so, after I told myself I was full, I took two capsules and gulped with the help of my beer. “Here’s to my health!”

Hmm… I felt warmer during the first five minutes. Was that psychological because I was waiting for something to happen? According to one of the Health Rich guys, that’s exactly how one feels every time you take a capsule or two and that effect means it’s already working inside your system. “Warm and fuzzy.” Hmm… I like warm and fuzzy.

I did a little of my own research about tumeric cure. In India, turmeric has been used traditionally for thousands of years as a remedy for stomach and liver ailments, as well as topically to heal sores, basically for its supposed antimicrobial property. Turmeric was a medicine for a range of diseases and conditions, including those of the skin, pulmonary, and gastrointestinal systems, aches, pains, wounds, sprains, and liver disorders. A fresh juice is commonly used in many skin conditions, including eczema, chicken pox, shingles, allergy, and scabies. The active compound curcumin is believed to have a wide range of biological effects including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antitumour, antibacterial, and antiviral activities, which indicate potential in clinical medicine.

I actually felt a little recharged although I’m also considering my weird self anticipating a change. In any case, I guess taking something that’s not mixed with other stuff but rather tumeric, the rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family, is a whole lot better than those fat power capsules that almost tell you you can fly once you take them. Shazam!

Turcumin comes in a box of 100 capsules that retails for 1,500 Pesos (or 15 Pesos per capsule). Thirty bucks per day at thirty days equals 900 Pesos per month. Not bad. That’s about the equivalent of six Grande Starbucks Frappuccino, eh?

Turcumin is available over the counter at Mercury Drug, St. Joseph Drug and Seven Stars Pharmacy.

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Disclaimer for the naysayers of pharma companies and government watchdogs: This is not a paid blog or article nor am I a paid endorser of Turcumin. I was invited to dinner by my friend at Hap Chan who is not connected to Health Rich Pharma Corp.. I was given a box of Turcumin during dinner and being the curious experimentalist that I always am, I opted (out of my own free will) to take two capsules right after dinner. Better safe than sorry. LOL!

Photos of the author by Edel Santiago of The Kitchen Goddess.