Benefits of Curcumin
Turmeric is a spice found in many cupboards and spice racks. Subtle and with a little hint of heat, turmeric is a common ingredient in Indian cooking. In fact, it’s one of the main ingredients in curry and provides its yellow color. What’s more, thanks to curcumin, one of the key ingredients in turmeric, it’s remarkably healthy.
Curcumin is a remarkable chemical produced by some plants. It exists in turmeric but is also sold as a supplement because of its many health benefits. Here are just a few:
Antioxidants hunt down and destroy free radicals in the bloodstream. Free radicals damage blood cells and DNA and are linked to several chronic diseases. Curcumin’s ability to help the body fight these free radicals improves the chances for a long and healthy life.
Curcumin also has anti-inflammatory qualities helping to reduce swelling and pain throughout the body. People with chronic joint pain can find relief with the effects of anti-inflammatory foods like curcumin.
The gallbladder produces bile which aids the body in digesting food. Curcumin kick-starts the gall bladder and helps it increase its bile production. This helps ease overall digestion of food. The anti-inflammatory qualities of curcumin may also help those who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome by reducing inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract.
Protection against Alzheimer’s disease
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a type of hormone found in the brain. It helps neurons continue to form new connections. Decreased levels of this hormone are linked to Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and other brain disorders. Curcumin helps to increase the levels of BDNF in the brain, thereby helping the brain to stay healthy longer.
Helps prevent heart disease
Curcumin helps to improve the function of the lining of the blood vessels, or endothelium. The endothelium is a major factor in preventing blood clots and high blood pressure. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits of curcumin also help keep the heart and circulatory system healthy.
Prevention and treatment of cancer
Studies have shown curcumin may help reduce the growth of blood vessels in tumors, the spread of cancerous cells, and that it may even help kill cancerous cells. These studies are still in their infancy, but early results look like curcumin could have potentially great benefits in fighting cancer.
Curcumin’s ability to reduce inflammation in the body helps the body perform at a higher level in all areas. This means insulin production, blood pressure, digestion, and metabolism all benefit. Because of this, curcumin intake can help with weight loss and reduce the negative effects of obesity to some degree.
To get the full benefits of curcumin, you may need to do more than simply eat more curry. The amount of curcumin found in ordinary turmeric is relatively small. Luckily, supplements are available to allow you to take increased doses and help your health in any or all of the ways stated above.
As always, talk with your doctor before starting a new supplement or diet regime. Have you tried turmeric? Did you notice a difference? Let us know!
Dr. Travis Zigler
by Dr. Travis Zigler | Posted in Alzheimer's disease, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, benefits of curcumin, Curcumin, Dr. Travis Zigler, dry eyes, eye health, eye love, health benefits, heart disease, prevention of cancer, spice benefits, treatment of cancer and weight loss | |
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