Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is the golden spice that spans cultures, making all sorts of food appear more appetizing and taste delicious. It is a spice that has long been recognized for its medicinal properties, has received interest from both the medical/scientific world and from culinary enthusiasts. It’s also the spice that makes large pharma companies a little nervous. Well, if there’s anything in the natural world that could take away some of the “business” of the drug industry, it is turmeric. Turmeric has a natural golden color because it contains Curcuma, a nutrition superstar that’s been used medicinally for over 4,000 years!
The turmeric plant is native to India, and the root has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine. Turmeric is a member of the ginger family, and its active ingredient is Curcuma. More importantly, getting turmeric root in either food or supplemental form helps provide multiple health benefits. This is true whether you’re trying to promote general health or reduce the impact of one of many diseases or any harmful pre-cursors.
Benefits of Curcuma
Here are more about the Six benefits that supplementing and consuming turmeric provide. This list is by no means exhaustive as this powerful root likely provides many more.
Curcuma as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and lipophilic action improves the cognitive functions in patients with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). A growing body of evidence indicates that oxidative stress, free radicals, beta-amyloid, cerebral deregulation caused by bio-metal toxicity, and abnormal inflammatory reactions contribute to the key event in Alzheimer’s disease pathology.
Due to various effects of turmeric, such as decreased Beta-amyloid plaques, delayed degradation of neurons, metal-chelation, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and decreased microglia formation, the overall memory in patients with AD improves.
Curcuma is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing characteristics. A study was conducted on rheumatoid arthritis patients to compare the benefits of Curcuma in turmeric to the arthritis drug diclofenac sodium (an NSAID), which puts people at risk of developing a leaky gut and heart disease. Curcuma lowers pain significantly and also is superior to pain-killing drugs. A clinical study conducted with a combination of Curcumin and Boswellia serrata extract reported statistically significant changes/reductions in the clinical symptoms. People had improvements in pain, physical function, and quality of life.
Curcuma seemed to work in part by preventing the death of chondrocytes, which prevents loss of cartilage, and by reducing inflammation and free radical damage.
Manage Ulcerative colitis
An in-depth analysis of all the studies evaluating haldi’s ability to manage ulcerative colitis found that one very well-designed trial tested Curcuma plus mesalazine (the typical NSAID prescribed for this condition) against placebo plus mesalazine. Patients taking only a placebo and mesalazine were over four times more likely to experience a relapse or flare-up of ulcerative colitis during the six months of the study, suggesting that turmeric benefits may include helping to maintain remission of this chronic disease. One small pilot study investigated the benefit of Curcuma supplementation for patients with ulcerative colitis and patients with Crohn’s disease.
Although the sample size was very small, all of the ulcerative colitis patients and four out of five Crohn’s patients had marked improvements over two months, suggesting the need for additional research. It shows promise for irritable bowel syndrome and other inflammatory bowel disease symptoms.
Reduces Depression symptoms
Curcuma is as effective as an antidepressant. Depression is also linked to reduced levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and a shrinking hippocampus, a brain area with a role in learning and memory. Turmeric boosts BDNF levels, potentially reversing some of these changes. The journal Phytotherapy Research published the results of an amazing, innovative study in 2014. The study concluded that haldi was equally effective as fluoxetine in managing depression by the six-week mark.
Aids in Detoxification
An important benefit of turmeric is its ability to detoxify the body. Every day, you are likely exposed to environmental and dietary toxins known as xenobiotics. These chemical substances and not generally present in the human body and are often associated with increased amounts of inflammation and a higher risk of cancer. It seems that the consumption of turmeric and its active compound, Curcuma, can help the liver efficiently detoxify the body and alleviate some of the effects of dangerous carcinogens. This process operates in tandem with the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents of turmeric.
Boosts Skin Health
Turmeric benefits include anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that have proven effective in treating multiple skin conditions. Turmeric benefits for skin include increasing “glow and luster” of the skin, speeding up wound healing, calming the pores to decrease acne and acne scarring, and controlling psoriasis flares.
Curcumin and its bio-absorption
Ingesting turmeric by itself does not lead to the associated health benefits due to its poor bioavailability, which appears to be primarily due to poor absorption, rapid metabolism, and rapid elimination. Several agents have been tested to improve curcumin’s bioavailability by addressing these various mechanisms. Most of them have been developed to block the metabolic pathway of Curcuma in order to increase its bioavailability. For example, Piperine (Black pepper extract) and Inulin (Prebiotic soluble fiber) are known bioavailability enhancer and is associated with an increase in the bioavailability of turmeric.
Therefore, the issue of poor bioavailability appears to be resolved by supplementing with a high-quality turmeric product having such agents is the only way to obtain its complete benefits.
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