More than 8,000 studies now support the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers of curcumin. Curcumin, which gives turmeric its bright yellow color, is now recognized as the compound in the turmeric root that is responsible for its many impressive properties.
Turmeric root has played an important role in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic (Indian) medicine for centuries. However, only now is it being scrutinized scientifically to determine the extent of its medical capabilities.
Some of the medical applications of curcumin that have been identified so far include:
Curcumin was found to protect joint cartilage from being broken down by inflammatory compounds in the body. In one study, 93% of participants taking a combination of curcumin with the herbal supplement boswellia reported reduced or no pain, compared to only 86% of participants taking the prescription drug celecoxib.
Curcumin has been shown to prevent cancer initiation, promotion and progression. In animal studies, it has been shown to make cancer cells more sensitive to cancer drugs thus making the drugs more effective. During radiation treatments, it protects normal cells while making tumor cells more sensitive to the radiation.
Some experts believe that the insulin resistance that leads up to Type II Diabetes is actually caused by chronic, low-level inflammation, particularly in the presence of obesity. Curcumin has been found to be equally effective in reducing insulin resistance, inflammatory markers and triglycerides as the drug rosiglitazone. It is also believed to have protective benefits against many of the complications of diabetes, such as retinopathy, neuropathy (nerve pain), heart disease and possible brain damage.
Curcumin has been shown to be more effective than many drugs in inhibiting the formation of plaque (beta-amyloid fragments) in Alzheimer's patients. In Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), high absorption curcumin was as effective as the prescription drug fluoxetine with no side effects.
Long-term use of curcumin was comparable to lovastatin in the suppression of early lesions in the arteries (atherosclerotic lesions).
Inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), ulcerative proctitis, and Crohn's Disease are all associated with chronic inflammation of the GI tract. In one study involving 200 people with IBS, use of a standardized extract of curcumin resulted in a 25% reduction in abdominal pain. Two-thirds of participants reported an overall improvement in symptoms. Curcumin not only reduces inflammatory compounds in the intestines, but also can actually strengthen the intestinal wall, improving the condition known as "leaky gut syndrome."
Wound Healing and Skin Conditions
Curcumin both protects the skin by quenching free radicals and reducing inflammation, and also has been shown to improve collagen deposition and vascular density in wounds (which improves blood flow necessary to repair damaged tissue). This is especially important in diabetics, who often find that wounds are slow to heal. Research is now beginning to indicate that curcumin may also be beneficial in reducing inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and skin cancer.
- More than 8,000 studies support it.
- It has virtually no side effects.
- It’s safe even at very high doses as indicated by current research.
- It provides all-in-one anti-inflammatory action.
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