Health Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin
Turmeric just may be the most effective nutritional supplement in our existence on Earth as studies have shown that it has great benefits for our Body and Brain!
Turmeric Contains Bioactive Compounds are found in Turmeric, along with Powerful Medicinal Properties
Turmeric is actually the spice that gives curry its yellow color!
Turmeric has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb and contains compounds with medicinal properties, and these compounds are called Curcuminoids inwhich the most popular and important are called Curcumin.
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
However, the curcumin content of turmeric is not that high, as it's around 3%, by weight. Many studies on this herb are using turmeric extracts that contain mostly curcumin itself, with dosages usually exceeding 1 gram per day, and unfortunately It would be very difficult to reach these levels just using the turmeric spice in our foods.
Curcumin, however, is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream and it's been known that if you consume black pepper with it, which contains piperine... a natural substance that enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2000%.
Curcumin is also fat soluble, so it may be a good idea to take it with a fatty meal and then pop a whole black peppercorn with it!
Curcumin helps the body fight foreign invaders, as a very natural Anti-Inflammatory compound, which also has a mission in repairing damage.
Without inflammation, pathogens like bacteria could easily take over our bodies and kill us if it weren't for Inflammation in the body though if we have constant or acute inflammation that is long term, it can become a very large health issue, especially against the body's own tissues.
In Western Dis-ease(s), it appears that chronic, low-level inflammation plays a major role, such as in cancer, metabolic syndrome, Heart Dis-ease, Alzheimer's and many other degenerative conditions and it is why Curcumin is in such high demand to fight this inflammation, preventing further damage.
Curcumin blocks NF-kB, a molecule that travels into the nuclei of cells and turns on genes related to inflammation. NF-kB is believed to play a major role in many chronic diseases.
Turmeric has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors. It speeds up wound healing and assists with damaged skin.
Turmeric may also help prevent Cancer! Certainly has proven to help Prevent Cancer as it can affect cancer growth and development that spreads at a molecular level. Curcumin may also be useful in preventing and treating Alzheimer's Dis-ease and since Curcumin is a wonderful anti-inflammatory, no wonder it's also helping in a variety of Arthritis conditions and has also helped against depression.