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Herbal Spotlight of the week-Trikatu

 This week’s herbal spotlight is about Trikatu. Trikatu is another Ayurvedic herb that is worth having on your shelves. It is a Sanskrit word that means “three spices”and it contains black pepper, the rhizomes of ginger and Indian long pepper.This is a warming herb that helps with digestion, respiratory issues and circulation.I have taken it for allergies and noticed a huge improvement in my seasonal allergies.I couldn’t find any scientific studies related to this, but in all of my herbal studies it suggested taking this formula for allergies. It worked very well and who am I to disagree?  There are several studies on one part of the Trikatu, black pepper and how it aids in digestion, helps to raise your metabolism, calm the nervous system,  heals skin disorders, and has anti-bacterial,anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-tumor properties(1). Ginger, the second ingredient in Trikatu, is also a known anti-inflammatory, aids in digestion, and has anti-tumor properties(2).  The final herb in this formula is Indian long pepper which also exhibits cancer fighting properties (3). These three wonder herbs make Trikatu a great formula to utilize for health.  
     Specific studies on the formula Trikatu show that it stimulates the formation of hydrochloric acid which aids in protein digestion and has been shown to increase the bioavailability of nutrients, foods, and medicines(4). I recently read an article that suggested taking black pepper(one of the three herbs in Trikatu) with Turmeric as Tumeric tends to not get absorbed properly by the GI tract. Trikatu would be a perfect herb to then take with Turmeric!  This herb also exhibits anti-inflammatory abilities and has proven effective in treating gout(5). In other studies Trikatu has been known to improve memory and mood(6).  This is an all around good herb to take. 
     The best way to take Trikatu is one hour before meals in a dose of about ½ teaspoon or 1 teaspoon. You can also take it with food. I put mine in capsules because I don’t care for the pungent taste but it does come in powder form from the company I order from. I have seen it in tablet form from other companies but I prefer to know I’m getting organic herbs so I order from this company: http://www.banyanbotanicals.com under the bulk herb section.
      Now it’s time for the contraindications: Please consult your doctor before taking Trikatu and always check to make sure that it is safe to take any herb or vitamin with your prescriptions.
I hope these herbal spotlights have been helpful. Please return next week when I diverge from the herbal tract to discuss a new book I have been reading on nutrition and food.
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