It has been considered that Turmeric may be the most effective nutritional supplement in existence. It is one of the most, if not the most, heavily researched natural products, with many high quality studies showing that it has major benefits for our bodies and brains.
There are a number of compounds in Turmeric, the most important of which is Curcumin. Curcumin has powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.
However, the Curcumin content of Turmeric is not that high, so from a therapeutic benefit it would be important to get a good Curcumin supplement, with a high enough dose of Curcumin.
The other issue is bio availability, that is the body's ability to absorb the Curcumin, which is typically poor. Some products use a pepper substance, usually piperine, which aids absorption. My personal recommendation, which you'll find in 'My Favourites' is Simply Curcumin, which uses a liquid state micronized and Licap technology to achieve optimum digestive absorption.
Here are some of the proven health benefits of Turmeric/Curcumin:
Powerful Anti-inflammatory - although inflammation is incredibly important to our health, if it becomes long lasting it can lead to chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Parkinsons, Alzheimer’s and various degenerative conditions. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties Curcumin also would seem to benefit arthritis sufferers.
High Anti-oxidant - very important in protecting our bodies from free radicals, which are believed to contribute to signs of ageing, heart disease, and most cancers to name a few.
Lower risk of Heart Disease - Curcumin improves the function of the endothelium, which is the lining of arteries and veins. Some studies have shown a decreased risk of a heart attack.
Brain health - Curcumin can increase levels of a hormone BDNF, which decrease has been linked with numerous brain disorders, including depression and Alzheimers.
Cancer treatment - research on Curcumin for cancer treatment is still on-going, but studies so far have proved positive, although a lot of these are limited to test tube research. Studies have shown though, that Curcumin can affect the growth, development and spread of cancer at a molecular level.
There is plenty of research results available on the internet, which a simply Google search will provide. I have found information from the following to be particularly useful:
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