The Many Benefits of Turmeric (Curcumin)

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In the United States, turmeric is known mostly as a spice, but there is a substance in turmeric known as curcumin, which has shown to reduce inflammation.  One of curcumin’s medicinal benefits is reducing inflammation.  The University Of Maryland Medical Center says that curcumin supplements may be able to help relieve symptoms of osteoarthritis such as inflammation and pain and stiffness in the joints. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this herbal supplement.

Curcumin also promotes good intestinal and bowel health as it stimulates the gallbladder to produce bile which may help improve digestion, reduce bloating and gas, and could help with other digestive disorders. Other benefits include Cardiovascular health where UMMC states that curcumin has been found to lower total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels, and can help prevent the blood from clotting – This research however is in preliminary stages and needs more time to develop.

Again regarding preliminary research, Curcumin has been shown to be able to block the growth of some tumors.  One study showed that turmeric extract containing curcumin could potentially stabilize colorectal cancer that wasn’t being treated otherwise.  Curcumin appears to be able to block the blood supply to some cancerous tumors, meaning is could stop the growth or reproduction of those tumors.  While we stress that this needs more research and more studies, it’s good to note that high intakes of turmeric have reduced the rate of colorectal, lung and prostate cancer in humans.

Let’s talk about antioxidants! A study on the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin states that because free-radical-mediated peroxidation of membrane lipids and oxidative damage of DNA and proteins are believed to be associated with a variety of chronic pathological complications such as cancer, atherosclerosis, and neurodegenerative diseases, curcumin is thought to play a vital role against these pathological conditions. Curcumin has powerful antioxidant effects. It neutralizes free radicals and then stimulates the body’s own antioxidant enzymes!

Among all of these helpful properties, curcumin has shown some promise in treating depression…

“In a controlled trial, 60 patients were randomized into three groups.  One group took Prozac, another group took a gram of curcumin and the third group took both Prozac and curcumin. After 6 weeks, curcumin had led to improvements that were similar to Prozac. The group that took both Prozac and curcumin fared best. According to this (small) study, curcumin is as effective as an antidepressant.”

So we have an herbal supplement that is shown to help with inflammation and pain related to osteoarthritis, promotes good intestinal health, helps block the growth of some cancerous tumors, is an antioxidant powerhouse, and can help with depression – these are the reasons why we here at ABN are taking a serious look at adding it to our line of proven to work supplements!

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