Curcumin: The new Age Medicine
Curcumin, a yellow pigment found primarily in turmeric, is the main active element of turmeric. It makes up about 3-5% of turmeric. Curcumin has strong anti-inflammatory properties. It provides numerous health benefits since they are powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-fungal, antibacterial agents. There are various health benefits of Curcumin.
Curcumin improves brain function
Curcumin has the properties to improve a person’s general brain health and memory. Curcumin also helps in treating depression. A study found that curcumin was as effective as a well-known antidepressant in treating major depression. At the same time curcumin is safer, with less side effects. If you are experiencing mild depression it is definitely worth taking a curcumin supplement.
Curcumin reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes
Curcumin has two further benefits that can protect a person against heart disease and a stroke, besides reducing inflammation in blood vessels. It slows blood clotting and may reduce cholesterol levels. Research demonstrates that curcumin for 3 days before and 5 days after surgery lowered the risk of a heart attack after bypass surgery. Another potential heart health benefit of curcumin is that it could help to maintain normal cholesterol levels. Studies have shown that curcumin was effective in reducing the levels of the “bad” LDL cholesterol in blood as well as increasing levels of “good” HDL.
Curcumin and cancer prevention and treatment
On various cellular levels, curcumin could lower the risk of a number of cancers or slow down their progression. Research studies have shown the curcumin can:
- Inhibit cancer growth before it starts
- Destroy cancer cells and prevent them from spreading
- Interrupt the expansion of extra blood vessels that feed the cancer cells.
Curcumin supports healthy skin
The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of curcumin can reduce skin cell damage caused by pollution, sun exposure and other toxins. Curcumin has been used in India in pastes, plasters, and ointments for centuries to promote wound healing. Studies prove that curcumin can improve many skin conditions such as acne, itching, dermatitis and psoriasis – either taken orally or applied directly to the skin.
Curcumin helps to keep your skin look young and healthy!