Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a herb that is well-known for its numerous therapeutic properties.
Turmeric has been used as an ancient herbal remedy for the last 6,000 years.
Fact 1: The primary chemical components in turmeric are a group of compounds called curcuminoids.
Curcuminoids include curcumin, desmethoxycurcumin, and bisdemethoxycurcumin.
Other important volatile oils in turmeric include a- and b-turmerone, ar-turmerone, a-curcumen, and zingiberene.
How It Works
Curcumin is the main active component in turmeric and also the component with the most health benefits. Scientists attribute much of the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of turmeric to curcumin.
Fact 2: Curcumin is often consumed along with black pepper. The compound piperine in black pepper is known to significantly boost the bioavailability of curcumin.
What are the benefits of turmeric (curcumin)?
- Improves brain health and cognition
- Powerful antioxidant
- Reduces symptoms of depression
- Improves how the body uses glucose
- Curcumin is a known stress-buster
- Relieves symptoms of migraine
- Improves attention and memory
- Improves gut health
How does turmeric improve brain health?
- Turmeric enhances the production of brain cells.
- Increases the release of the “feel good” neurotransmitters: dopamine and serotonin.
- Acts as an antidepressant.
Fact 3: A study conducted on Indian subjects showed that individuals who took curcumin experienced a 63% improvement in symptoms of depression.
Curcumin in turmeric is a powerful antioxidant
What are the antioxidant effects of turmeric?
- Protects the brain from inflammation
- Protects the mitochondria from free radicals
And is a powerful antioxidant and protects the brain from chronic inflammation.
Curcumin, the most active component of turmeric, activates genes that produce a huge array of antioxidants that serve to protect your mitochondria.
Curcumin Reduces Stress
Turmeric is used in traditional Chinese medicine to manage stress and depression-related disorders. Moreover, animal studies have shown that curcumin blocked stress-induced physical responses in the brain.
Other benefits of turmeric
Curcumin also improves glucose metabolism, which is great for maintaining a healthy balance of gut bacteria. This critical microbiome in the gut directly influences healthy brain function.
Safety and Side Effects
Turmeric is a natural occuring herb, and considered non-toxic and safe when taken at recommended doses.
Taking large amounts of turmeric for extended periods could lead to an upset stomach, and possibly ulcers.
Individuals suffering from gallstones are recommended not to take turmeric supplements.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not use turmeric supplements.
Turmeric is a also a blood thinner. Patients who are due for a surgery are usually advised to cease taking turmeric supplements 2 weeks before surgery. Turmeric can also strengthen the effects of blood thinning medications.
What are the common available forms of turmeric?
Turmeric extract is available as a powder, tablets, capsules, tincture, and tea. Curcumin is a natural chemical that is extracted from turmeric.
Fact 4: BCM95 is a standardized extract of turmeric containing curcumin-essential oil complex of 86% curcuminoids and 7-9% essential oils. This is the only extract that includes turmeric volatile oils which is important for cognitive health.
Turmeric rhizome contains only about 5% curcumin. Hence turmeric supplements are necessary in order to get sufficient amount of curcumin.
However, curcumin and turmeric are poorly absorbed by the gut. The most efficient way to boost bioavailability is to combine turmeric or curcumin with piperine.
Fact 5: Studies have shown that combining curcumin with 20 mg of piperine increases its bioavailability by 2000%.
- Standardized turmeric or curcumin extract (95% curcuminoids) 500 mg 3-times per day.
- Dried turmeric root powder – 4 grams per day.
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