What is Curcumin Good For? – It Is Heal Your Body Food!

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?

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There is curcumin in that thar turmeric root!

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 forWhat 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?

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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)

what is curcumin good forCurcumin 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.

In Summary

what is curcumin good forWhat 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.

Yes I know. I keep getting messages ‘We can’t get turmeric where I live Kev!’ yes some of the colder climates its hard to find. That’s why I recommend the Pura Thrive but only if you can’t get the real thing. Pura Thrive is the best liquid compound of turmeric and curcumin I have found. I use it myself if I run out of turmeric root. It works! If i didn’t use it myself I wouldn’t recommend it. It has the bioavailability built in which means it will absorb into your body. Click here to get yours>>>>>

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34 comments

  1. Hi, I have gastritis, and very poor food and nutrient absorption. The absorption is very very slow and also constipation. I feel hungry many times in the day, even if I eat. Does curcumin helps in good absorption and digestion. Can I take this. Pls suggest

    1. Hi Bindu,

      Always check with your medical advisor or doctor but with the curcumin you also need to add crushed black peppercorns to help it absorb into your blood. You can certainly take it and it will help. Drink lots of water and lots of fruit and vegetables to help with constipation. Hope this helps you, cheers,

      Kev

  2. I bought a bottle of Curcumin after hearing a lecture by prominent neurosurgeon Dr Russel Blaylock regarding the cleansing abilities of Curcumin which he swears by it for detoxing chemtrail heavy metals. The Alzheimer’s connection to cleansing aluminum in the atmosphere was interesting in relation to anti-inflammatory qualities. Thanks for reminding me of all the other qualities of Curcumin as I did feel generally better when taking it.

    1. Hi Gord,

      Thanks for that. Yes the curcumin is in many ways a real super healer in my opinion. Can help with so many issues. Many thanks for your comment.

      Cheers,

      kev

  3. Hi Kevin, very interesting read. I have heard before that Turmeric has many healing properties but what you share in your post is amazing. I strongly believe that we can heal ourselves by eating the right food. I love the quote by Hippocrates!
    I try to avoid medication and just likey ou haven’t been to the doctor for many years.
    Do you use Tumeric raw or is it also ok to use the powder in cooking, juices etc. How much a day would you recommend?
    Thanks again from Anke

    1. Hi Anke,

      I use the raw root in my juices and smoothies and the powder in cooking. It is a great and healing herb. I have nearly 3 inches of the root a day so for me there is no real limit. It has no side effects. Eat it until your body says thats enough. Thats how my body works haha!

      Best wishes,

      Kev

  4. Interesting how tumeric has anti inflammatory properties. I have rotator cuff tendonitis so I think im going up my tumeric intake and see if that helps. Do you know approximately how much tumeric is in a jar of… say butter chicken?

    1. Hi Dan,

      Definitely take more turmeric. Its great and will help your rotator for sure. I have no idea how much would be in a jar of butter chicken but there would be lots of preservatives so if you can make it yourself it would be healthier and you can add as much turmeric as you like 🙂

      Cheers, Kev

  5. Great article Kev.

    You have put me onto turmeric and it really helps my knees.
    Now I know how curcumin works too.

    Great website,

    Cheers, Joy

  6. Great article!!! Yes, turmeric is awesome stuff and I know I need to be using it more often. I did not realize until now just how awesome it was. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Hi Kevin!

    Great article!

    The first time I met with turmeric was in a vegetarian restaurant where I worked. Although I have learned that it is very healthy food, I didn’t incorporate it in daily diet.

    But, after this article I’m more aware of its benefits and will think of it. When I read your article I realize it would be a good choice for me.

    I also like this fact about Curcumin and BDNF. I didn’t know that.

    In any case, thank you for sharing with us your experience and knowledge!

    1. Hi Dragan,

      Thanks for your great comments. Appreciate it. Yes I have a turmeric juice at least 5 times a week and use it in cooking also.

      I think it is a good choice for most people as it has so many health benefits. Its a great food to consume regularly.

      Thanks again for your comment,

      Kev

  8. Vey useful post Kevin.

    I have turmeric in my shelf and I hardly use it – because of one major reason: it colours my utensils yellow and they stay that way for days and only slowly get back to their colours. I am probably not washing my utensils properly – do you perhaps know how to effectively clean off the yellow from turmeric?

    1. Hi Adelaide,

      Haha yes it leaves some really good stains behind! Including on fingers and nails. If you use some baking soda and lemon juice the stains should come off. I use this for stains on my hands
      so let me know how that goes. baking soda is another amazing product with many uses too.

      Get that turmeric from the shel and start using it. It really is an amazing healer 🙂

      Thanks for the comment, Kev

    1. Hi Larry,

      yes turmeric is very good when heated. If you had turmeric root or powder and put it in a juice or smoothie it would have very little effect.
      However if you add a pinch of black pepper and a spoonful of coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil, the turmeric can then absorb into the blood. Without the oil and pepper it basically goes right thru you.

      So yes it is great when heated in curries and stir fries etc but it can be taken cold with the above protocol. Hope this helps 🙂 Kev

  9. Hi Kevin I am a firm believer in using herbs and spices for what ails you. I also use them on my pets. Just recently I had a sick duck. My ducks are semi tame but mostly wild. She was struggling to keep up with the rest of the flock. I managed to catch her and confine her for a couple of weeks. I was sprinkling turmeric in her food along with a couple of other all natural ingredients. She is not back with the flock and keeping up.
    So turmeric helps people but it can also help our pets

    1. Absolutely Maureen! Turmeric is amazing for humans and animals. Dogs and cats also can really get healthy on turmeric,

      Thanks for your comment 🙂 Kev

  10. It was a joy to read your article on turmeric as it happens I share your interest in health education and dedicated one of my websites to the cause.I just bought some fresh turmeric and is in the process of writing a post and was happy to see your article and I will bookmark your site for further reading.I was intrigued with your about me page, I am weary of not giving credit to the sources of my research since I am not a Doctor or scientist; what are your thoughts on that? Great Job.Thanks for sharing.,

    1. Hey Courtney,

      great to meet a fellow health lover 🙂

      For me I certainly like to give credit and Don Tolman was and still is a great mentor for me. I also like to tell my story and tell people this is my experience and it worked for me. It may not work for you but give it a try 🙂

  11. Hey Kevin!
    As a specialist in the field of nutrition, I know the benefits of Turmeric well.
    However, the detailed information you supply on this page is fab!
    I eat a fair bit of curry, but I now feel that I can benefit from a curcumin supplement myself!
    Thank you for sharing this info. Do you recommend a liquid supplement?

    1. Hi Marcia,

      Thanks for your comment, I am still experimenting with a curcumin supplement and haven’t found one I like yet.

      However as far as Turmeric goes the Pura Thrive liquid supplement I mention in the posts is something I use if I am ever short of turmeric and it it has the same effect for me. It is bioavailable too so absorbs into the blood. Well worth a try 🙂

  12. Hello here. I like the bright yellow color of turmeric. It is great that we can get curcumin, an active ingredient in turmeric from plants. It means that no chemicals are here. Curcumin has plenty of benefits such antiflammatory properties, increase of antioxidant capacity in the body.
    Interesting that black pepper increases absorption of curcumin. Without black pepper, the body can not properly absorb this healthy supplement.

    I use plenty of turmeric because it is healthy and gives a wonderful color for meal.
    Thanks for information, all the best, Nemira.

    1. Thanks Nemira,

      Yes the colour is pretty spectacular. I love seeing it come through the juicer. Yes black pepper and oil very important for juices or smoothies.

      Thanks for your comment,

      Kev

  13. Hey Kevin, I am back. I just want to add my amazment at crucumin adn turmeric. By eating turmeric daily one can actualll become smarter over time. BDNF promotes the formation of new brain cells and helps to interconnets them better. In my mind that is amazing, dont you agre?

    1. Absolutely Nikola! Are you a fan of Dr Joe Dispenza? He talks often about BDNF.

      I am eating or drinking it daily and I like to think I am getting smarter haha!

      Cheers, Kev

  14. Hey Kevin, I like your post about the benefits of curcumin, I am a turmeric fan myself. I knew a lot about its benefits but it surprised me that it even helps with alzheimeres disease. We know that is one tough cookie, So curcumin is amazing. I use it myself because it boosts BDNF.

    1. Yes Nikola it really is a ‘super healer’ it does amazing things for our body.

      Yes they have done tests and case studies showing it can really help people with Alzheimers improve their memory. Thats powerful stuff!

      Great that you find it helpful too. Thanks for your comment, Kev

    2. Wow is there anything Curcumin cannot do? ?! I’m very impressed and if this helps people take a stride away from taking pills I’m all for it! I would like to start incorporating this in my diet as well. Thank you for sharing your knowledge on this important natural “medicine”.

      1. Thanks Heather,

        Yes its far better than taking toxic medicines that often do more harm than good.
        Your body will love you once you start taking it regularly. Thanks for popping bye 🙂 Kev

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