Turmeric or rather the active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has powerful biological properties and it has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries for the treatment of chronic pain and inflammation. It has been cited as improving pain relief, supporting liver function and aiding our digestion.
Inflammation is actually an important process within our bodies as it provides short term benefits in killing off pathogens and bacteria, but if and when inflammation becomes chronic it can lead to disease, degenerative conditions and joint pain. It’s therefore important that we fight chronic inflammation with the use of antioxidants and curcumin is extremely effective at this, in fact studies have matched the effectiveness of curcumin to drug-based treatments!
When there is an antioxidant imbalance in our bodies it can lead to oxidative damage. This happens when free radicals - unstable molecules - bind to important organic substances such as fatty acids or proteins, creating bad chemical reactions. By maintaining our antioxidant levels we can neutralise free radicals and ensure only the good chemical reactions take place improving our general health and wellbeing. Curcumin is a real team player in this department as it is not only an antioxidant, but it also stimulates the production of the bodies own antioxidant enzymes.
Turmeric and curcumin in treating everyday conditions
Curcumin increases the levels of BDNF in our brains, this is a type of growth hormone linked to brain function. Studies show that decreased levels of BDNF can lead to depression and disease such as Alzheimer’s. By increasing the level of BDNF in our body we can delay age-related cognitive decline and help to improve our memory and increase focus. With specific reference to Alzheimer’s, curcumin is shown to have a beneficial impact by helping to clear amyloid plaque buildup. This has lead to various improvement in the pathological processes of Alzheimer’s disease.
The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin help to improve the function of the endothelium (the lining in our blood vessels). The endothelium helps to control blood pressure and regulate blood clotting and and therefore unsurprisingly, curcumin can improve several factors linked to heart disease.
Turmeric is a very potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that is a scientifically proven compound to help prevent conditions such as heart disease and Alzheimer's. Did you know that when turmeric is taken alongside piperine, it enhances the absorption of curcumin by up to 2000% !
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