Turmeric, a spice native to India, has been used in ayurvedic medicine for over 4000 years. Curcumin is a compound derived from turmeric and gives the powder its vibrant orange colour. Curcumin only makes up 2% - 5% of turmeric but it's also the most active compound containing the most health benefits.
Photo: The turmeric root and powder.
So what are the benefits?
Ancient civilisations gifted us with their wisdom of plants, nutrition, and practices, such as yoga and meditation. So why has turmeric been used as a natural medicine for so long?
Modern science has been proving true what Indians have known for centuries.
A study published in 2017 by MDBI shows that curcumin has multiple health benefits:
1) Inflammatory conditions
2) Metabolic syndrome
4) Eye conditions
(Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.)
The study goes on to say:
"While there appear to be countless therapeutic benefits to curcumin supplementation, most of these benefits are due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects."
As a bonus, other studies have shown that curcumin also benefits mental health like depression and anxiety. It also promotes healthy skin for those wanting that extra glow.
How does curcumin work?
Curcumin is a polyphenol and acts as an antioxidant, which means once ingested they neutralise harmful free radicals that damage your cells and increase your risk of developing health conditions.
It works to reduce inflammation by inhibiting mediators of the inflammatory response. Put simply, curcuminoids block a chain of biological sequences involving enzymes, cytokines, growth factors, and pro-inflammatory genes that are responsible for inflammation in the human body.
This is very similar to how ibuprofen stops inflammation. But curcumin has the benefit of being completely natural, non-toxic, and with no known side effects!
What's the best way to take curcumin?
Turmeric and curcumin have recently been getting attention as health foods for their tried and tested health benefits, but what is the best way to get your daily dose of curcuminoids?
Some of the most common ways to take curcumin are:
1) Tumeric powder (only 2% - 5% contains active curcuminoids)
2) Tumeric tablets (again, this will only contain minimal curcumin)
4) Tumeric tea
3) Curcumin capsules
The research shows Curcumin can be difficult to absorb, so to ensure maximum benefits it's worth getting a supplement containing curcumin, not tumeric.
Here are a few ways to increase the bioavailability of curcumin:
Taking black pepper improves absorption and helps maximise benefits.
Using a nanoemulsion formulated product improves bioavailability by breaking down the compound size into smaller pieces which increases the surface area. More surface area means higher absorption and faster effects.
Liposomal curcumin is similar to curcumin nanoemulsions and also increases bioavailability.
Mixing CBD with curcumin for a powerful supplement stack
It's no secret that athletes have been turning to CBD for pain, inflammation, and managing stress. So why not take a CBD supplement with curcumin?
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