The Power of Curcumin
Hello there friends! How can this summer get any more beautiful!? Have you or someone you know had inflammation or chronic pain? Maybe you recently have gotten injured, feeling pain in your body. You may think your only option is to take prescription medication to dull to pain. Many people still are not familiar with other alternative options, which got me thinking to write a blog on Curcumin. So what exactly is Curcumin? Well, first we need to specify that Curcumin in fact is not an herb itself, but rather is extracted from Turmeric. Turmeric is an Asian spice that gives curry its yellow color. Turmeric is related to ginger, as this rhizome is a classic ingredient in Indian cooking. What is pretty interesting is the fact that science and medical professionals have been investigating and testing Turmeric for years. In fact, it has been the subject of more than 60 clinical trials and the National Library of Medicine has nearly 200 scientific investigations of curcumin and turmeric in its archives. This actually makes Turmeric one of the most studied and verified biotanicals in all of modern history. And it still amazes me how this amazing spice is unknown! This research yields that both turmeric, as well as its compound of curcumin have many health benefits to the body. Specifically, researchers have found that turmeric and curcumin have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiarthritic, antitumor, anti-ischemic,and antimutagenic properties.
A typical Turmeric rhizome is about 2-5% curcumin, so taking an unstandardized, powdered turmeric root product means that you would need to take hundreds of capsules to get a clinically studied amount of curcumin. It has had a very long history being used for medicinal purposes by Ayurvedic doctors and Traditional Chinese Medicine. In India, Turmeric has been dried out and used as a spice for medicinal purposes as well as eaten in their everyday lives. Enhancing the ability of absorption into the blood stream is crucial, as the turmeric essential oil has resulted in the natural potency for treating diseases and pains. So what is Curcumin good for? It is an amazing product for inflammation. Almost all chronic diseases, some such as diabetes, arthritis, and even Alzheimer’s disease, all have destructive inflammation. Natural Curcumin significantly calms swelling and pain through its effects on multiple inflammation targets. Curcumin, as a potent antioxidant, is able to stabilize unbalanced reactive free radicals. What are free radicals you may ask? Well, free radicals are molecules with a missing electron that stabilize themselves by “stealing” electrons from neighboring molecules, creating another free radical in the process. These free radicals can negatively impact your body and wreck havoc on your internal systems. Curcumin is able to control this, making its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant potency extremely strong. In fact, its antioxidant value is over 1,000,000 per 100 g – which is many times higher than that of blueberries. Curcumin works with your body to strengthen your internal systems and therefore bringing your body back into its natural state of function.
It is also said to help the function of the liver and gallbladder as it treats diseases within these systems. It stimulates the flow of bile, which attacks and eliminates gallstones. Curcumin takes care of the digestive system as well, giving problems like dyspersia the boot! The Chinese also believe that this spice helps aide in depression, clearing anxiety and seizures. In all areas, Turmeric and Curcumin are considered blood movers as they break up stagnation and relieves pain without side effects. If any of these things affect your daily life, go to our website or pop on in to purchase your Curcumin today!
Love & Light,
Marisa @ Holistic Apothecary
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