Curcumin is a compound naturally found within the Turmeric root. Used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine, its potent anti-inflammatory properties have been prescribed to both treat and prevent a range of ailments.
With the rise in complementary medicines, Curcumin’s popularity has increased, this, in turn, has led to clinical studies being conducted on its medicinal properties. There is mounting evidence that Curcumin truly is an inflammation-fighting super-compound.
Today, we want to talk about seven ailments that Curcumin may support a reduction of symptoms or in some cases aid in prevention. Please note that this article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 Diabetes affects your body’s ability to effectively use insulin to bring glucose to the cells, making your pancreas work harder. Studies have shown that increased blood glucose levels can cause an increase of inflammation within the body. Curcumin’s ability to reduce inflammation may ease pain and swelling experienced by suffers from type 2 diabetes. A recent study conducted over nine months with people diagnosed with prediabetes found that the participants who were given Curcumin were less likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared to their counterparts who were given a placebo.
This chronic inflammatory issue occurs when your immune system attacks its own body tissues; not to be confused with Osteoarthritis which is essentially ‘wear and tear’. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) primarily affects the joint lining, causing painful swelling. Trials have been conducted with people who suffer from RA to compare the effects of Curcumin vs. anti-inflammatory drugs. After two weeks, the patients given Curcumin noted improvements in morning stiffness, joint swelling, and longer walking times.
Resulting from an overactive immune system, this inflammatory response affects the colon mucosa. Ulcerative Colitis, like most types of IBD (inflammatory bowel disorders), is a chronic condition. Evaluations of Curcumin as a treatment option for suffers of IBD, have shown positive results, thanks to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Curcumin may extend remission phases for suffers and reduce the length of relapse episodes when taken regularly.
This progressive neurodegenerative disorder currently has no effective cure. Alzheimer’s is prevalent worldwide, it is estimated 1 in 9 people over the age of 65 may be affected. There is still not a lot known about what causes Alzheimer’s which has led to many studies being conducted. In one such study, cognitive functionality was compared between patients taking a daily Curcumin supplement and those that were not. The results stated that the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of the compound supported greater cognitive function in those who were taking Curcumin daily. This is extremely exciting and more studies are being carried out to further this research.
Although similar, bacterial and viral infections are different. One of the key differences between the two is that bacteria very rarely cause disease whereas most viruses do. We’ve spoken about Curcumins anti-inflammatory properties, but studies are finding that it also exhibits a wider range of therapeutic properties that include antioxidant, anti-microbial, anti-proliferative, neuroprotective, and cardioprotective properties. All these properties support our body in protecting itself and fighting any nasty infections we may come in contact with.
The number one killer in the world, heart disease is an umbrella term used for a range of issues that effect the heart. Heart attacks, the most common heart related issue, are caused by the Coronary Artery becoming clogged and limiting blood flow to the organ. A recent study claims that Curcumin may significantly improve the functionality of blood vessel linings. This improvement doesn’t only reduce the build-up of plaque within the arteries, it can also regulate your blood pressure and reduce the chance of blood clotting.
Although the brain has been studied since the beginning of time, it is only in recent history that we’ve begun studies mental health. Combined with the stigma surrounding mental health being reduced, we know more about the psychological works of the brain than ever before. It is believed that the antioxidants found within the Curcumin compound support health brain function by fighting free-radicals which cause inflammation. This study found Curcumin to be as effective in reducing depressive symptoms as Prozac, thanks to a reduction of inflammation within the brain.
One thing all of these ailments have in common is inflammation. Inflammation can be both a cause and effect of an illness which is why taking a natural anti-inflammatory, such as Curcumin, daily can greatly support your body.
This article has only scratched the surface of how Curcumin can support a range of healthy bodily functions. Curcumins anti-inflammatory properties are second to none and as more studies are conducted, we’re becoming more aware of the amazing benefits this natural compound has for our health and wellbeing.
We receive glowing reviews from our customers who include Curcumin into their daily supplement intake, with the most common feedback being about its effectiveness in reducing inflammation, joint stiffness, and swelling and the noticeable improved cognitive abilities.
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This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Results may vary from individual to individual.