Curcumin

What is Curcumin?

Research has shown curcumin (Curcuma longa) is a strong anti-inflammatory along with being protective against disease.

If you’re partial to a flavoursome curry you may be familiar with this herbal plant and member of the ginger family. As the yellow pigment and active ingredient in the spice Tumeric, it is found predominantly in curry powders and a few other spices.

The beauty of curcumin is just how beneficial to human health many studies have found this amazing natural substance to be.

Used widely in India and other regions of Asia, curcumin, (Curcuma Longa) has a long history of use in herbal remedies.

Tumeric has been used in traditional chinese and indian medicine since as early as the seventh century.

There’s just one catch: 

the small amounts of curcuma found naturally in powders and spices are not used by the body all that well.

The technical term for this is low bio-availability.

Much of what might be consumed in our every-day diet never makes it past the digestive system, hence can not be that active in our tissues and blood which is the goal of any supplement.

Some forms of oral supplementation, however, are able to provide the right amounts to make this ancient spice more bioactive by the body.

Several supplements may also contain piperine, a substance found in black pepper, to enhance bio-availability.

5 Super Benefits of Curcumin

As a natural anti inflammatory and antioxidant, curcumin has been shown to….

  • scavenge free radicals and reduce oxidative stress;
  • assist liver detoxification processes;
  • inhibit inflammatory enzymes, providing benefit for a host of inflammatory diseases such as arthritis;
  • aid in naturally increasing levels of glutathione, considered the mother of all antioxidants. Levels of glutathione naturally decrease as we age;
  • provide protection from various cancers by aiding in cell repair and protection from cancerous cells invading healthy tissue.

As top nutritionist Byron Richards discusses,

“Curcuma influences key hormones, supports major body organs, and regulates inflammatory signaling all in ways that help correct or prevent metabolic problems.”

How much Curcumin to take?

Curcumin is deemed to be safe according to the FDA and is well tolerated in high doses.

Many supplement forms contain anywhere from 400 mg to 1 gram of curcumin (curcuma longa).

It appears that asian cultures were onto something with Tumeric and it’s plentiful health benefits.

Studies are continuing to look at the exact dosage levels required to provide optimal benefits. As a natural anti inflammatory, this is definitely a safe, natural product to try for all of its antioxidant and protective actions.

As we know, inflammatory processes play a big role in chronic dry eye conditions and adding this wonderful substance to your supplement regime not only helps with dry eye symptoms, but plays a significant role in reducing general inflammation markers in the body.

References:
Dose escalation of Curcumin formulation
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16545122?dopt=Citation
Chemopreventive and therapeutic effects of curcumin.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15896452?dopt=Abstract

Chemopreventive effect of curcumin, a naturally occurring anti-inflammatory agent, during the promotion/progression stages of colon cancer.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9973206?dopt=Abstract

Bioavailability of curcumin: problems and promises.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17999464?dopt=Citation

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