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Turmeric – The Most Underestimated Anti-Inflammatory

In the United States, turmeric is popularly known as a spice. It is commonly used as one of the main components in curry powder in parts of Asia and India.

This spice contains numerous health benefits that can actually help toenail fungus.

Turmeric’s bold flavors, color, and powerful capabilities make it a great addition to any diet or regiment.

This article is going to show you the powers of turmeric, foods that contain turmeric, how to choose turmeric, and ultimately how to use it to treat your fungal infections.

Why Is Turmeric So Powerful?

At the root of turmeric’s powers is curcumin which is a chemical with a vibrant hue. It is a type of curcuminoid, which is a natural plant pigment that possesses powerful antioxidant properties.

Curcumin is found mainly in turmeric and is a potent medicinal plant that is in the same family as ginger. The benefits that curcumin are well-researched and extensive.

Turmeric has been linked to reducing inflammation, regulates blood sugar, and more. Not only is it safe to use, but also effective with minimal risk of side effects.

Benefits

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Regulates Blood Sugar
  • Promotes Skin Health
  • Has Anti-Cancer Properties
  • Relieves Joint Pain
  • Balances Cholesterol
  • Enhances Detoxification
  • Helps Prevent Blood Clots
  1. Reduces Inflammation
    • Reducing inflammation is one of the most notable features of turmeric. Turmeric relieves inflammation by blocking the activity of several enzymes involved in the inflammatory process.
    • Studies show that when compared to other anti-inflammatory effects of several compounds such as aspirin and ibuprofen, aspirin and ibuprofen were the least potent in treating inflammation, but curcumin extract (found in turmeric) was one of the most powerful at relieving inflammation.
  2. Regulates Blood Sugar
    • Evidence shows that turmeric curcumin may help stabilize and maintain normal blood sugar levels.
    • A review published by the International Journal of Endocrinology Metabolism states curcumin works by reducing glucose production, decreasing inflammation, stimulating glucose uptake, and increasing the secretion of insulin from the pancreas.
  3. Promotes Skin Health
    • Due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, taking a turmeric supplement can keep your skin glowing and healthy.
    • This is beneficial if your skin is depleted from fungus and turmeric could aid in replenishing the fungus infected feet.
    • A study in 2016 out of China showed that curcumin significantly improved symptoms of psoriasis and other skin conditions such as dermatitis.
  4. Has Anti-Cancer Properties
    • Curcumin works by blocking cell signaling and prohibiting cell division in specific types of enzymes and growth factors that are directly involved in cancer development.
    • Studies show that it is effective against several types of cancer, including pancreatic, colorectal, and lung cancers.
  5. Relieves Joint Pain
    • Turmeric curcumin is a great anti-inflammatory and can have positive effects on relieving joint pain.
    • Studies show that patients given curcumin to treat rheumatoid arthritis showed significant improvement in the reduction of symptoms.
  6. Balances Cholesterol
    • Curcumin can actually help boost heart health by balancing cholesterol levels in check.
    • A 2008 study showed that turmeric curcumin reduced levels of both total and and LDL cholesterol in acute coronary syndrome patients.
  7. Enhances Detoxification
    • Turmeric curcumin assists in enhancing detoxification and keep your body in tip-top shape through multiple mechanisms.
    • It can also increase levels of specific enzymes involved in detoxification to prevent a buildup of toxins and other cancer-causing compounds according to a study in India.
  8. Helps Prevent Blood Clots
    • Extensive research shows that turmeric curcumin modifies the natural process that’s directly involved in inflammation (eicosanoid biosynthesis).
    • It also shows that it can successfully inhibit platelet aggregation to reduce the risk of blood clot formation.

How To Use Turmeric for Athlete’s Foot 

For the majority of fungal infections, turmeric can be taken internally or applied topically depending on the severity on the area of infection.

  1. Grind turmeric root into a powder or use turmeric powder/pills.
  2. Mix a tablespoon of turmeric powder with water or coconut oil to form a paste.
  3. Apply it 2-3 times daily until the infection subsides.

Correct Dosage For Turmeric?

There is not a prescribed dosage of turmeric for the treatment of fungal infections.

A great place to start is to begin incorporating turmeric into your diet.

Turmeric is poorly absorbed in the body so it is advised to take it with black pepper or healthy fats to make it more bioavailable.

If you are going to choose a turmeric supplement or powder ensure that it has curcumin or curcuminoids on the ingredient list.

Studies show that a daily intake of turmeric should range from 500-2000 mg per day (1).

How To Use Turmeric For Toenail Fungus

There are many forms of turmeric such as roots, powder, and capsule form. Since it has strong antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial properties, it can be applied directly on to the nail or consumed.

  1. Grind the turmeric root into a fine powder or you can break open the capsules of turmeric or just use an already powder form of turmeric.
  2. Mix a tablespoon of turmeric powder with a tad of warm water to make a thick paste.
  3. Apply the paste on the infected nail
  4. Leave it on the nail for approximately 2-3 hours. Rinse it off after the time has passed and dry your nail thoroughly.
  5. Continue these steps twice daily until the nail infection has subsided.

You can also obtain the benefits of turmeric by consuming it internally in root, powder, or supplement form. The easiest is in powder or pill form.

Turmeric powder can easily be added to any smoothie or your favorite drink.

Or you can also take a turmeric supplement which can also give you all the benefits that this spice boasts.

If you are going to buy any powder form of turmeric or supplement ensure it has curcumin or curcuminoids. In addition, look for supplements containing Bioperine to increase absorption.

 

Turmeric Supplementation

Taking a turmeric supplement is important not only for your overall health but also for battling fungal infections. Not only is this spice powerful externally but also internally.

Unfortunately, turmeric is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream. Turmeric absorption can be increased by consuming black pepper with it which contains piperine, a natural substance that enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2,000% (2).

A popular patented extract obtained from black pepper is Bioperine which increases the bioavailability of natural compounds such as turmeric (3).

Without this substance, most turmeric supplementations will just pass through your digestive tract.

How to Choose the Right Turmeric Supplement

It is always advised to check with your doctor before taking any supplements. Below are guidelines you should follow when choosing a turmeric supplement for athlete’s foot or nail fungus.

Here’s the deal…

Look for turmeric supplements that have the following conditions:

  • 500-2000 mg per day
  • Contains black pepper or Bioperine (to increase absorption)
  • Contains a curcumin extract

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