The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Curcumin is the healing part of turmeric. But what is curcumin good for? We know it helps with arthritis, inflammation and a myriad of other diseases and ailments including cancer but what does that mean? Let’s use this article to get a really good understanding of what it does. I know, I’m going all serious haha! But sometimes we need to put on the serious hat so we can actually see how good this magical potion called turmeric and curcumin really is. What is curcumin good for? Let’s find out!
Where Does Curcumin Come From?
What is curcumin good for? Ok so first of all I just want to point out that curcumin, unlike turmeric, is not a herb at all but rather is the compound that is extracted from Turmeric. Turmeric as you probably know by now if you read my posts often, is an Asian spice that gives curry its yellow colour. Turmeric is closely related to ginger. The root or rhizome has been used in Indian cooking for 1,000’s of years. It is the quintessential classic ingredient in Indian cooking. Hmmm makes you understand why Indian’s are rarely over weight or ill!
Your typical Turmeric root (rhizome) is about 2-5% curcumin, so its just a small amount of the root. Turmeric itself has many healing properties but they are enhanced by the curcumin. So if you were to look at a turmeric rhizome only a small percentage contains curcumin.
This is why I like to use 3 to 4 inches of the turmeric root in my juices and smoothies. It takes a lot of turmeric root to make up a curcumin supplement capsule.
What is Curcumin Good For?
What is curcumin good for? Kind of reminds me of that old song – “War…what is it good for?…absolutely nothing!” Haha but of course when it comes to curcumin it is good for nearly everything! It dates back nearly 4,500 years and has a long history of use for medicinal purposes by Ayurvedic doctors and in traditional Chinese medicine.
As I have mentioned in most of my other posts enhancing the ability of curcumin to absorb into the blood stream is crucial. Oil and black pepper are a must if having juices, smoothies or any other kind of drink or food. When turmeric is cooked as in spices it already has oil added and usually black pepper as well. So what is Curcumin good for?
Benefits of Curcumin
Curcumin is an amazing healer of inflammation. Almost all chronic diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer are all aided by inflammation. Curcumin can significantly ease swelling and pain through its effects on all areas of inflammation. (1)
Curcumin, as a potent antioxidant. It is able to stabilize free radicals that are unbalanced and reactive. Ok now this may get a bit boring but it is really good to know – What are free radicals? Well, they are basically molecules that have a missing electron that are able to stabilize themselves by using electrons from neighbouring molecules (basically they stael them so free radicals are common thieves!) creating another free radical in the process. Now these nasty free radicals can have a really negative impact on your body and cause major upset to your internal mechanics.
So what Curcumin can do is to control this. It beats up the free radicals! This makes its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant potency really powerful. Now, because curcumin is in many ways the ‘new kid on the block’ not many people know this – its antioxidant value is over 1,000,000 per 100 g – now that is actually many times higher than another favourite of mine, blueberries. Curcumin actually works hand in hand so to speak with your bodies cells to strengthen your internal system and is able to keep your body functioning as it should. Now that is power! I hope you are starting to see answers to ‘what is curcumin good for’ now.(2)
Curcumin helps the function of the liver and gallbladder. Curcumin is able to treat diseases within the liver and gallbladder. It helps to stimulate the flow of bile which in turn gets its claws into those horrible gallstones and gets rid of them! How good is that! Curcumin also helps takes care of the digestive system as well. Is there anything it can’t do? Gut health is majorly important as most disease starts in your colon which has a major effect on your gut. (3)
Curcumin aides in depression, anxiety and seizures. Curcumin gets your blood moving. It breaks up any stagnating cells. By doing that it helps to relieve pain. Depression and anxiety are generally a build up of energy and pressure in your blood. Curcumin relieves this pressure and helps your body flow on a more even keel. Without the side effects of pills, medications and poisons that the Big Pharmas like to make available to you. (4)
Let Food be Thy Medicine and Medicine be Thy Food!
I love this quote from Hippocrates. If you learn one thing from this post I hope it’s this – You can heal your body by whole foods – plants like turmeric and ginger – and not artificial pills that are making big companies very rich. I can tell you that I have not been to a doctor for 5 years! True. I don’t need to. If I am feeling down I know my body well enough to feed it the right vegetables, fruits and grains to help it. Or I do a juice or water fast to detox my body. And yes I will be posting about fasting very soon. Fasting was part of my healing process from prostate cancer.
What is curcumin good for? Cucumin is an extract from turmeric. It is only around 2 to 5 per cent of the turmeric root. It’s healing properties are immense. You should be using turmeric in your cooking, juices, smoothies, salads etc as often as you can.
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