Hi Lisa, you need to distinguish between 2 different products: the turmeric powder that you usually buy in the supermarket contains a very small amount of the active ingredient curcumin (approximately 2-3%). On the other hand, when you buy the capsules, they contain the active ingredient curcumin in very high concentration. When I bought turmeric root extract capsules, it said on the label standardized to min. 95% curcuminoids so the capsules contain a very concentrated amount of the active ingredient. Make sure that when you buy the capsules, it contains a very high concentration of curcumin (in some cases the companies just repackage the turmeric powder in capsules, which is just a waste of money).
Peppers are an anti-inflammatory superfood—but go red to reap the most benefits. Out of the three colors of bell pepper, red have the highest amount of inflammatory-biomarker-reducing vitamin C along with the bioflavonoids beta-carotene, quercetin, and luteolin, according to research in the Journal of Food Science . Luteolin has been found to neutralize free radicals and reduce inflammation. Beta-carotene is a carotenoid, fat-soluble compounds that are associated with a reduction in a wide range of cancers, as well as reduced risk and severity of inflammatory conditions such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis. And allergy research has shown that quercetin acts as a mast-cell stabilizer, which decreases the number of cells reacting to an allergen. Mast cells are responsible for releasing histamine during inflammatory and allergic reactions.
The bright yellow to deep orange flowers give off a slightly honey aroma and are edible, with a bit of spice and bitterness on the palate. The petals are often used in salads or as a dying additive to dishes. These petals contain high levels of antioxidants in the form of carotenoids and flavonoids. Calendula contains both lutein and beta-carotene , which the body absorbs and converts into vitamin A. ( 12 ) It also has fatty acids, with the two dominant fatty acids being calendic and linoleic acids . Additionally, the flower heads are rich in oxygenated oils like monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes.