Updated: Sep 10, 2020
From depression to Alzheimer’s, there’s a lot of excitement and hype surrounding Turmeric and Curcumin. But is it all that they say it is?
Well, in short: Yes, it is. It really is.
1. What is CureCumin?
Curcumin (or Curecumin, as we like to call it) is the main active ingredient from the incredibly popular Indian spice Turmeric. It provides the yellow coloration that seems to dye everything it touches and that gives Indian food it’s beautiful rich golden color. However, its true strengths lie as one of the most important nutritional supplements available today.
Turmeric has been used in traditional Indian and Ayurveda medicine for over 4,000 years, while modern science has just recently begun to fully realize the many benefits of this powerful ingredient. Study after study after study has helped us form a pretty solid picture.
Curcumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory (on par with OTC medications) with strong antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. The trouble is that the amount it takes to see benefit from this spice is beyond anything you could ever hope to get from food alone. On top of that, the body doesn’t absorb it as well as it does other supplements, and without help, most curcumin supplementation will be largely ineffective.
For Turmeric/Curcumin to be effective, it has to be 1) Concentrated, and 2) Bioavailable which we will discuss more below.
2. What are the Benefits of Turmeric/Curcumin?
That’s the beauty of this little powerhouse, study after study has proven it effective in multiple treatments of various illnesses including:
- Viral Infections
HIV, Zika, Herpes, and HPV have all shown positive antiviral activity with Curcumin (1)
After a 6 weeks trial, curcumin was shown to have benefits that were similar to Prozac and is quickly gaining grown as an add-on treatment (2)
Benefit has also been found in the following:
3. Turmeric/Curcumin as an anti-inflammatory
Inflammation is one of our body’s most powerful weapons against foreign invaders and it is key to physical healing.
However, when inflammation becomes chronic, it can begin to wreak havoc on the body. Unfortunately, western society is highly prone to inflammation due to various food and ecologic triggers.
Low-level inflammation plays a significant role in most chronic, Western diseases, including depression, heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer's, and various other degenerative diseases. (7) Reducing chronic inflammation is vital in preventing and even treating these diseases.
Turmeric/Curcumin fights and reduces inflammation at the molecular level. (8)