Curcumin Benefits to Health
benefits which health conditions?
Curcumin is the active ingredient found in the popular spice from India. It is what gives it the color and flavor.
In Ayurvedic medicine, it is used to help many health conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, coughs and poor vision.
has been used in other cultures to treat constipation and various skin
diseases. The Asians use turmeric to treat problems in the stomach and
Curcumin Benefits Supported by Research Studies
Firstly, curcumin is a very potent antioxidant
. It can protect cells against damaged caused by free-radicals.
There is some evidence that curcumin can also protect the liver against toxic compounds.
also seems to have anti-inflammatory effects. This explains why it can
be effective in treating osteoarthritis
and rheumatoid arthritis
Studies completed in human volunteers show that turmeric can treat painful arthritis. It is often used in combination with boswellia
study showed that it can help treat post-surgery pain. It
was found it be more effective than a prescription anti-inflammatory
Stomach Bloating and Gas
is often used to treat stomach problems such as stomach gas and cramps.
It is believed to work by reducing acid production by the stomach.
is some evidence that it might protect the stomach against damage by
toxic substances, including alcohol and prescription medications.
One study showed that turmeric reduced pain and inflammation in people suffering from rheumatism. This is, in part, due to curcumin's ability to bring down inflammation.
of the arteries is a very common cause of heart attack and stroke. In
animal studies, there is evidence to show that curcumin might help to
prevent blood clots.
This blood-thinning effect is similar to what taking as Aspirin (ASA) a day does in prevent heart attack.
Cancer Prevention and Treatment
and animal studies are showing promise in using this herb to treat and
prevent cancer. Curcumin was able to stop melanoma (skin cancer cells)
Experts are not sure how it works but they suggest that it might be, in part, due to the antioxidant effects.
Other Suggested Uses?
There are many other suggested uses for turmeric. These include HIV/AIDS, genital herpes (applied to the skin), lower back pain
and bursitis, to name just a few.
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benefits, see our article Turmeric
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