Is Your Turmeric Really Working?

It's a fair guess that you've heard a thing or two about the health benefits of turmeric. A quick internet search will provide thousands of articles touting its golden goodness. It's used for health complaints such as missing or painful periods, blood purifier, to reduce swelling, digestive complaints, liver congestion, skin diseases, inflammation, arthritis, diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disorders. The list of benefits is long, but there's a catch: not all turmeric products are created equal. 

To understand this better, let's start with the basics. The yellow pigment of turmeric comes from a family of compounds known as curcuminoids. Curcumin is the primary curcuminoid and is largely responsible for its impact on the human body. Extensive clinical trials on curcumin reveal that it is full of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticancer properties however, when taken alone, it has very low bioavailability. Here’s the translation: if you add some turmeric to your smoothie or take just any-old turmeric supplement, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll be able to absorb it.

It’s true that some studies suggest combining turmeric with black pepper can increase absorption. And although it helps, the results are not impressive. But here's where the turmeric story has an interesting twist. As it turns out, when turmeric is combined with fenugreek seeds (who would have thought…), the curcuminoids are much more likely to be absorbed and can  actually reach other parts of the body, including the brain, at much higher levels than if the turmeric was taken alone.

In fact, the increase in bioavailability was almost 50 times higher with the addition of fenugreek seeds!

With this impressive combination of two unlikely partners, the list of health benefits increases dramatically:

  • Arthritis
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Muscle pain from intense exercise
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Lupus
  • Low vitamin D
  • Depression
  • Lichen planus
  • Reflux PMS
  • Allergies
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver
  • BPH
  • Osteopenia

Although this list is not all-inclusive, the benefits of consuming a high-quality turmeric/fenugreek combination are pretty impressive. The turmeric product we recommend can be used to maintain general health when taken at a lower daily dose (2/day) or, it can be taken at a higher dose when certain health conditions are present.

Choosing the right turmeric product can make a dramatic difference in the overall health benefits obtained. If you'd like to make turmeric part of your health and longevity protocol, let us know because we've got the good stuff!






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I have had back issues most of my life. Since starting treatments with Dr Greg I have had no more issues. It's such a relief to be able to be physical at the high level I want to be. I am able to maintain wellness by seeing Dr Greg on a regular basis. Thank you Dr Greg!!

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Hello! I just want to say that you are truly a healer! After leaving your office last Monday, I was more able to breathe, truly breathe - after having suffered all weekend to take a deep breath due to a "rib out of place" OK - if you say so....all I know is that, though I continued to have a bit of pain in my upper back and neck for a day or two, I could take wonderful, glorious deep breaths thanks to your treatment. Thanks again for all you do! Even if I do make many sound affects while you are treating me - "OUCH!!! Hmmmph!! Ughhh!! Really???" I truly appreciate your healing touch....


I have had Parkinson's Disease for 8 years.  I have developed arthritis in my back and hips. The stiffness of the Parkinson's and the arthritis has caused me a lot of pain. Because of that unrelenting pain I was unable to exercise. Exercise is an important part of pain management for Parkinson's.  Since I have been seeing Dr. Krapf I am feeling much better and his care has allowed me to begin exercising again, which has improved my overall well being. In the past I have been treated by physical therapists and orthopedists. Dr. Krapf's chiropractic manipulations have had an amazing impact on my health and happiness. I highly recommend Dr. Krapf to anyone who needs excellent chiropractic care and the many alternative therapies he offers. I would say he is magical!

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Our family have been patients of Krapf chiropractic for a few decades. We have several success stories archived. The most recent event involves our youngest son who is completing his senior year of high school. He has been a patient of Krapf Chiropractic (KCA) since birth. He has been an avid soccer player since the age of four and has sustained numerous injuries over the years. Dr. Krapf has successfully assisted in every recovery.

Most recently, he began complaining of his feet hurting while playing soccer. Both feet hurt - particularly the balls of his feet while running and cutting. He came to Dr. Greg with his complaint as this was seriously affecting his game. Dr. Greg evaluated the situation and decided a foot scan should be done. The finding was dropped arches. My son was fitted for orthotics. They arrived within days and he wore these as directed. Within a few short weeks he is now playing full games pain free.


I first called Krapf Chiropractic when my back was so bad that I couldn't get up off the floor. It's been a blessing to have Dr. Greg help me with my overall wellness and health! I find this to be a place where you are not a number and everyone cares. Mollie is always cheerful and reminds me to come. Erin is always smiling and helps relax me when I'm in pain. I would not be functioning if I did not have Krapf Chiropractic to keep me going. As I get older my appreciation deepens, especially when I see people around me who are suffering with back problems. If they only knew how helpful this is. I believe Dr. Greg treats the person not the symptoms. Thank you

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I've been lucky to have exceptional health care from the beginning. At the beginning, seventy-six-plus years ago, Hugh Rodgers brought me into the world in mother and dad's second-floor bedroom in our dairy farm home. Hugh's son, Hugh, Jr., practiced with his dad and beyond caring for my parents, he, also, cared for hundreds of others and me. Roughly forty years ago, a friend suggested I make an appointment with Richard Krapf for help with back-pain. Richard treated the pain that, often, was debilitating, and on Richard's death, his son, Greg became the second second generation to help me from one place to another. I'm grateful to Hugh, Hugh, Richard and, perhaps, most of all, to Greg.


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