10 Proven Health Benefits of Natural Turmeric and Curcumin
Most studies on this herb are using turmeric extracts that contain mostly curcumin itself, with dosages exceeding 1g per day. It would be difficult to reach these levels by just adding turmeric to your food - hence the supplement market is booming.
Turmeric contains bioactive compounds with powerful medicinal properties.
Curcumin is a natural anti-inflammatory
helping the body fight foreign invaders. Anything that can help fight chronic inflammation is of importance in preventing and even treating disease.
Oxidative damage is believed to be one of the mechanisms behind aging and many diseases. Curcumin is a potent antioxidant that can neutralise free radicals (highly reactive molecules with unpaired electrons) due to its structure. Curcumin also boosts the body's own antioxidant enzymes.
Turmeric drastically increases the antioxidant capacity of the body.
Curcumin improves brain function and lowers the risk of brain diseases.Many brain disorders have been linked to decreased levels of BDNF (a type of hormone that functions in your brain) which can lead to depression and Alzheimer's disease. It may even improve the memory and make you smarter - no guarantees though!
Curcumin should lower the risk of heart disease.
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the world. It is also a very complicated subject. The main benefit of curcumin in heart disease is by improving the function of the endothelium, which is the lining of the blood vessels. Several studies show that curcumin leads to improved endothelial function.
Arthritis patients show improvements when taking turmeric/curcumin supplements.
There are several different types of arthritis which involve inflammation in the joints. As curcumin is a potent anti-inflammatory compound, it makes sense that it may just help with arthritis.
Overall Opinion: Although turmeric/curcumin supplements are not a way to lose weight, they are believed to reduce the inflammation associated with obesity. Thus, it can give your weight loss plan a boost.
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