You may have heard of turmeric if you had some Indian curry as take-out the other night. And while turmeric is an important staple spice in many Indian dishes, it’s got more to do with health than just for that flavorful curry.
This wonder herb has been taking the world by storm with it’s amazing benefits, specifically because of curcumin.
Curcumin is the magical substance that is responsible for turmeric’s victorious properties. Curcumin has been well-studied over the past decades. It works as a powerful antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.
Curcumin modulates around 700 genes, improves more than 160 physiological pathways, helps organize cell membranes and affects signaling molecules that interact with proteins to prevent inflammation, boost immune responses and improve metal removal. According to studies done on curcumin, the compound can be therapeutic for lung and liver disease, neurological and metabolic diseases, autoimmune disorders, heart and inflammatory diseases.
It supports healthy cholesterol levels and prevents low-density lipoprotein oxidation, blood clots, heart attacks, suppresses symptoms of type 2 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. It enhances healing of wounds, protects against cataracts, reduces systemic inflammation such as in osteoarthritis, plus is a strong anti-cancer agent and much, much more.
Curcumin is even capable of crossing your blood-brain barrier to promote brain health. For instance, it helps inhibit the buildup of beta-amyloids in the brain of Alzheimer’s patients and breaks up existing plaques associated with this disease.
Not to mention how it also inhibits inflammation. Specifically, curcumin controls and prevents inflammation by inhibiting the enzymes that cause it. In scientific terms, it lessens the effects of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), lipoxygenase (LOX), and stops the production of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and cytokines like interferon gamma and tumor necrosis factor.
Basically curcumin gets rid of inflammation plus reduces the pain and swelling that comes along with it.
Turmeric’s origins can be traced back to India, which has been the largest producer of turmeric since ancient times making it an important spice of Ayurveda, the ancient healing medicine and practice.
Ayurvedic literature contains over 100 different terms for turmeric, including jayanti, meaning “one who is victorious over diseases,” and matrimanika, meaning “as beautiful as moonlight.”
And speaking of beauty, one of the advantages of consuming Turmeric is glowing skin. In Ayurveda, Acne, for instance, is a valuable indicator of the internal damage being wrought by free radicals.
And since turmeric fights free radicals internally, your skin can smile externally.
How do you take it?
You can of course, add it to your dinner. But you would a heck of a lot to reap the benefits and it’s important to know that most bioavailable form of curcumin comes when it is paired with the right amount of black pepper.
The company Ancient Health Care boosts their Turmeric supplement with as an advanced Curcumin C3 Complex®, which includes BioPerine®—a black pepper extract that as noted actually promotes nutrient absorption and increases bioavailability, making it an essential Ayurvedic medicine for overall well-being.
After all this, you could say then that Curcumin is more powerful than any other nutrient out there. No wonder it’s sweeping across homes as a miracle herb!