- Used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb
- Curcumin is the main active ingredient
- Curcumin has anti-inflammatory effects and is a powerful antioxidant
- Over 6,000 articles published due to it’s many healing properties
- When compared to western medicine, it’s benefits equal that of many pharmaceutical drugs
1. Natural anti-inflammatory:
While inflammation is incredibly important to help the body fight foreign bacteria and repair damage, chronic long-term inflammation is known to be a contributor to many common diseases; such as cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, digestive diseases, high cholesterol and chronic pain. Curcumin blocks Nf-kB, a molecule that travels to the nuclei of cells and turns on genes related to inflammation.
Oxidative damage is believed to be one mechanisms behind aging and many diseases. Curcumin has powerful antioxidant effects by neutralizing free radicals, unstable molecules that damage cells or create abnormal ones, and also stimulates the body’s own antioxidant mechanisms.
3. Brain Health
Curcumin boosts levels of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), a brain hormone that increases the growth of new neurons. Many brain disorders such as depression and Alzheimers have been linked to decrease levels of the BDNF hormone.
4. Healthy Heart
Curcumin has beneficial effects on several factors known to play a role in heart disease. In addition to it’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, it improves lining of blood vessels, helping to regulate blood pressure, blood clotting and lower cholesterol.
5. Cancer prevention
Curcumin leads to changes on the molecular level that can help prevent and treat cancer. Studies have shown it can reduce growth of new blood vessels in tumors, the spread of cancer and contribute to the death of cancerous cells.
6. Arthritis and pain support
Arthritis is a common painful disorder characterized by joint inflammation. Due to it’s powerful anti-inflammatory properties, curcumin can help treat symptoms of arthritis and reduce pain.
7. Fighting depression
A study of 60 patients with depression were split into three groups. One group took prozac, the other took tumeric and the final group took both. After 6 weeks, tumeric led to improvements similar to prozac and the group that took both fared the best. By boosting levels of BDNF and brain neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine curcumin is beneficial in treating depression.
8. Gastrointestinal treatment
Many patients with digestive disorders, such as IBS, Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis, become intolerant to western medicine. Corticosteroids reduce the pain but further damage the intestinal lining, making symptoms worse.
How to incorporate into your diet
Medical studies use tumeric extracts mainly containing high dosages of curcumin. It is impossible to reach these levels just using the spice in your food even if you ate curry for every meal.
If you want to experience the full benefits of tumeric there are wonderful all natural formulas available with the appropriate levels of curcumin.
If you are experiencing any of the following inflammatory health conditions think of adding a tumeric supplement to your diet and contact me for information regarding brands I recommend.
- Chronic pain
- IBS, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis
- Heart disease
- High cholesterol