The Healing Power of Curcumin
You may know turmeric as a popular spice typically found in your favorite Indian dishes. But do you know about curcumin, the active ingredient of turmeric? This substance has been around for centuries as part of Ayurvedic medicine. Let’s explore curcumin, the golden spice-making waves in the health and wellness scene.
What is Curcumin?
Curcumin is the most active ingredient of turmeric, a spice used for centuries in Indian traditional medicine and cooking. Curcumin is what gives turmeric its distinct color, which is a vibrant yellow. It also gives turmeric its unique flavor, best described as earthy and slightly bitter or “spicy,” making it a popular ingredient for a variety of dishes. But beyond its culinary uses, curcumin has been shown to promote a range of health benefits, mostly due to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, anti-cancer, and antimicrobial properties.
What is the Difference Between Curcumin and Turmeric?
Curcumin and turmeric are often mistaken as the same thing, but technically, they are different. Turmeric, a plant from the ginger family, is well known for its culinary uses. Curcumin, on the other hand, is the biologically active compound in turmeric that is responsible for its therapeutic effects. So, you're probably thinking, “I will order some curry, which has turmeric, which contains curcumin for a yummy health boost,” right? Well, while ordering curry is never a bad idea, it may not be as helpful as you’d hope. Relying solely on turmeric in your meals may not provide enough curcumin to reap all of its benefits. The good news is that there are supplements and extracts available that can help you harness the full healing power of curcumin.
What are the Benefits of Curcumin?
Turmeric, specifically curcumin, has long been studied for its long list of potential health benefits, most of which have shown positive results. Some of the health benefits of curcumin include:
- Promotes anti-inflammatory activity (chronic inflammation contributes to many chronic diseases and ailments: IBS, arthritis, etc.)
- Promotes immune health
- Promotes pain relief
- Supports brain health (cognition and memory, anxiety, depression)
- Supports cardiovascular health
- Promotes bone, joint, and muscle health
- Promotes antioxidant activity
- Promotes antibacterial and antiviral activity
How Long Does It Take Curcumin to Work?
The time required to experience the effects of curcumin can vary based on several factors, including an individual’s response to curcumin, the dosage, and the form in which it is consumed. Research indicates that it may take 4-8 weeks to start noticing the antioxidant effects of curcumin. Seeing noticeable results associated with inflammation and pain it may take a little longer, up to 8-12 weeks, as some research suggests. However, it’s worth noting that some individuals sense the effects of curcumin within days of taking it. It really all depends on your body’s unique response. The important thing is to stay consistent, be patient, and track your progress!
How to Increase the Bioavailability of Curcumin
While curcumin offers numerous health benefits, one downside is that it has poor bioavailability, which means the body does not absorb it well. There are a few tips to improve its bioavailability, such as taking it with black pepper, heating it for short periods of time (hello turmeric lattes!), or consuming the spice along with fats. But in today’s fast-paced world, another task on the daily to-list is not ideal. Luckily, there are supplements available that offer a bioavailable version of curcumin and take only seconds to consume.
When in the market for a curcumin supplement, it is important to avoid supplements filled with oxalate or other fillers, as they can lead to unwanted side effects. It is also vital to ensure the supplement has ingredients that will improve its bioavailability.
Curcumin Extract contains a high concentration of 450mg of Curcumin Extract ZX™ and 140mg of curcumin powder, ensuring you get the most out of each dose. It contains Bioperine®, a patented black pepper extract containing 95% piperine, and red cayenne fruit powder to increase its bioavailability.
If you’re looking to spice up your life, then look no further; curcumin can do just that. Your body will thank you!
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