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Curcumin Benefits to Health

Curcumin benefits which health conditions?

curcumin benefitsCurcumin 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.

It has been used in other cultures to treat constipation and various skin diseases. The Asians use turmeric to treat problems in the stomach and intestines.

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Curcumin Benefits Supported by Research Studies

Antioxidant Protection

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.

Moreover also seems to have anti-inflammatory effects. This explains why it can be effective in treating osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis conditions.


Studies completed in human volunteers show that turmeric can treat painful arthritis. It is often used in combination with boswellia.

Another study showed that it can help treat post-surgery pain. It was found it be more effective than a prescription anti-inflammatory drug.

Stomach Bloating and Gas

Turmeric 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.

There is some evidence that it might protect the stomach against damage by toxic substances, including alcohol and prescription medications.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

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.


Hardening 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

Lab and animal studies are showing promise in using this herb to treat and prevent cancer. Curcumin was able to stop melanoma (skin cancer cells) from spreading.

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.

For a FULL unbiased review complete with a list of all the reported health benefits, see our article Turmeric.

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