Turmeric is the bright yellow spice that has been recognized for its medicinal properties for 4500 years. Recently, turmeric has been touted as a super food that can fight cancer, ease depression, and reduce inflammation.
Curcumin, the active ingredient found in turmeric, is PACKED with health benefits that have long been shown to demonstrate healing activity directly at the cellular level, including powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
With so many benefits - and so few side effects - everyone should find ways to boost their turmeric/curcumin intake!
Curcumin may be the most effective anti-inflammatory compounds in the world. Chronic, low-level inflammation plays a major role in almost every disease process, including heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer's and autoimmune conditions. Curcumin has been shown to reduce inflammation by blocking the effects of two enzymes in the body which lead to inflammation. One scientific study found that curcumin can be as effective as some over-the-counter drugs, like ibuprofen and acetaminophen, in bringing down inflammation in the body - without the side effects
Oxidative damage is at the core of the aging process and play a part in diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. In today’s world, we’re constantly bombarded with free radicals due to chronic stress and lack of sleep as well as all the chemicals in our food, personal care products, and environment. Curcumin reduces oxidative damage by both scavenging free radicals and also boosting your body’s own antioxidant mechanisms.
Curcumin can positively benefit joint health and help reduce inflammation and swelling. In particular, it can reduce pain, inflammation and stiffness related to rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. It has been shown to be most effective when taken before symptoms kick in as a preventive measure to keep your joints healthy, pain-free, and mobile.
A recent study showed curcumin to improve arthritis symptoms more effectively than diclofenac sodium (a common arthritis drug).
Curcumin helps to support your heart health in several important ways:
Antioxidants like curcumin are being shown to help relieve symptoms of depression by fighting chronic inflammation. It appears that curcumin may impact neurotransmitter function through the brain-derived neurotrophic factor. Research is currently being done to further understand the exact process, but curcumin appears to be a safe and effective natural treatment option for depression and mood support.
While turmeric is a tasty and healthy addition to many recipes, the food source only contains about 3 percent absorbable curcumin. In order to reap the many health benefits of curcumin, it is advisable to take curcumin in a supplement form as well.
Be sure to select a turmeric or curcumin supplement with at least 95% concentrated curcuminoids. It is also important to choose a product with added black pepper for optimal absorption.
Our Wellness Team recommends pharmaceutical-grade Turmero-XL Active as one of the highest-quality and most optimally absorbed curcumin supplements.
Contact our team with questions about any of our supplements - 512-351-9139.