Did you know Turmeric has been used for decades to treat various health problems?
Discover how Turmeric aids can benefit sufferers of chronic diseases, acts as a potent anti-inflammatory and can even fight anxiety and depression…
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August 3rd 2019 By
What is Turmeric Curcumin?
You have probably heard of Turmeric as being a very interesting spice and the main component of curry powder, but some of its properties may surprise you. For instance, did you know that it also plays a role in medicine and health promotion in general?
With a significant anti-inflammatory effect and as a notable antioxidant, the spice has been used for decades treating various diseases. Turmeric (the spice that people use for cooking) contains Curcumin, which plays the role of the active component, bringing all the health benefits. One downside of this spice, though, is that it has a low concentration of Curcumin. That’s why many people procure supplements with an adequate percentage of the active ingredient to include in their diets.
Top benefits of Turmeric Curcumin?
Studies suggest that Turmeric has the same anti-inflammatory effects induced by some drugs, but without as many side effects. It has a unique mechanism of action, blocking a molecule named NF-kB and consequently, suppressing some inflammation-related nuclear genes. Meaning that it works on a molecular level to stop inflammation, providing positive effects for chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
It is well known that ageing is associated with higher oxidative stress caused by the free radicals of oxygen. Turmeric has a particular property to neutralise these free radicals, being a powerful direct antioxidant. Besides, it helps maintain a normal function of the body`s antioxidant enzymes, having a cumulative effect with the one mentioned above.
Nervous system benefits
Studies have shown that Turmeric is very important for the health of the central nervous system. It seems to boost the levels of BDNF – brain-derived neurotrophic factor. It can provide benefits for people suffering from depression (effects similar to Prozac), Alzheimer`s disease and other types of dementia. Curcumin can cross the blood-brain barrier, reducing the negative impact that the amyloid plaques have on the health of Alzheimer`s patients. Overall, supplementing might also help improve memory and cognitive capacity.
It seems that Turmeric has a positive effect on the endothelial function, which means it can help prevent the damage done by blood clotting or high blood pressure. This effect is so potent that some say supplementing with Curcumin might even undo some of the damage made by various chronic cardiac diseases.
Why should Turmeric be taken with Black Pepper?
It might seem strange, but these two components act very well when combined. Curcumin has a low absorption rate into the bloodstream and paradoxically, high metabolism and elimination from our body. Black pepper contains an element called PIPERINE with the ability to boost Curcumin absorption up to 2000%. This association forms a complex that increases the bioavailability and therefore, the effectiveness of the supplements. Moreover, Curcumin is a lipid-soluble compound, so it is best to take it together with a fatty meal.
Turmeric has been used for decades to treat various health problems, so it doesn’t necessarily have a recommended dosage. It is said that Curcumin is generally safe, with very few side effects, and with numerous health benefits for the general population. Turmeric aids in chronic diseases such as arthritis, cardiac diseases, metabolic syndrome, etc. through its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Turmeric also fights anxiety and depression by boosting serotonin and dopamine levels. The inclusion of a Turmeric supplement is recommended even for healthy people. Turmeric maintains an optimal level of triglycerides and prevents many types of oxidative damage to the body.
You should consult with a healthcare professional before supplementing in case of immune system, kidney or gallbladder diseases because the dose may need to be adjusted. Pregnant women should also avoid Turmeric and supplement with more appropriate elements for their particular needs.