Turmeric formulated with black pepper has been making headlines as a “wonder cure” for reducing inflammation, but have you heard of taking it for relieving pain from migraines and headaches?
Turmeric is a plant that is part of the ginger family and is found in southern Asia. The active ingredient, curcumin, is found in the turmeric plant and derived from its root. Being the main active ingredient in Turmeric, it provides the anti-inflammatory effects and is also a strong antioxidant.
When we experience a headache, our blood vessels become inflamed which can restrict the blood flow and cause head pain. According to Prescriptions for Natural Healing, there are different classifications for headaches – there are migraines, tension headaches and cluster headaches. Migraines can last up to 72 hours and are accompanied by fatigue, dizziness, nausea and sensitivity to light. The level of pain is moderate to severe and can be on either one or both sides of the head. Tension headaches can last for as little as 2 hours or as long as a few days. The level of pain is usually mild to moderate on both sides of the head. Cluster headaches last between 30-90 minutes and can recur multiple times a day. The level of pain is classified as severe and is present on only one side of the head. The anti-inflammatory properties of Turmeric are beneficial for reducing this discomfort and may decrease overall sensitivity to pain. Turmeric can also be used as a preventative measure, reducing the likelihood of a headache occurrence.
Many over-the-counter treatments for migraines and headaches include NSAIDs, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Regularly taking NSAIDs, or aspirin, can contribute to a leaky gut, which is a condition where bacteria and toxins pass through the intestinal walls and go into your bloodstream. This may increase the risk of developing migraines, headaches and inflammation*. By avoiding the intake of aspirin, and instead supplementing with Turmeric, you may be able to reduce your risk of developing headaches and migraines*.
If you truly feel like you must take an over-the-counter pain relief, Turmeric can still be beneficial for you to ingest. It may aid in the body in protecting against side effects from NSAIDs due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. NSAIDs can cause gastric ulcers, diarrhea, nausea, hypertension, etc*.
Additionally, ginger can provide great healing benefits. When these two rhizomes team up, they become a powerful duo for alleviating headaches! Ginger aids in relieving side effects accompanied by headaches such as nausea and vomiting. Our Turmeric Ginger MAXX was created to provide an all-in-one healing supplement, packed full of medicinal properties for aiding digestion, reducing inflammation, and boosting immune function!
Next time, you reach for the aspirin, stop yourself and consider taking turmeric instead. Start shopping our Turmeric varieties, we've got a formula for everyone!