Turmeric is a powerful medicine that has long been used in the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine to treat a wide variety of conditions.
Curcumin is a natural anti-inflammatory compound as strong as most medicine. Chronic inflammation is known to be a contributor to many common Western diseases. Curcumin can inhibit many molecules known to play major roles in inflammation.
Turmeric dramatically increases the antioxidant capacity of the body. Curcumin has powerful antioxidant effects. It neutralizes free radicals on its own, then stimulates the body’s own antioxidant enzymes.
Curcumin boosts brain-derived neurotrophic factor, linked to improved brain function and a lower risk of brain diseases. urcumin boosts levels of the brain hormone BDNF, which increases the growth of new neurons and fights various degenerative processes in the brain.
The curcumin in turmeric is just as effective as most anti-inflammatory drugs. It eases inflammation due to I.B.S, arthritis, and pancreatitis.
Curcumin leads to various improvements that should lower your risk of heart disease. Curcumin has beneficial effects on several factors known to play a role in heart disease. It improves the function of the endothelium and is a potent anti-inflammatory agent and antioxidant.
Turmeric can help prevent (and perhaps even treat) cancer. Curcumin leads to several changes on the molecular level that may help prevent and perhaps even treat cancer.
Curcumin may be useful in preventing and treating Alzheimer’s disease. Curcumin can cross the blood-brain barrier and has been shown to lead to various improvements in the pathological process of Alzheimer’s disease.
Researchers find that turmeric crosses the blood-brain barrier and binds to plaque, which delay’s or reverses diseases Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Arthritis patients respond very well to curcumin supplementation. Arthritis is a common disorder characterized by joint inflammation. Many studies show that curcumin can help treat symptoms of arthritis and is in some cases more effective than anti-inflammatory drugs.
Studies show that curcumin has incredible benefits against depression. A study in 60 depressed patients showed that curcumin was as effective as prozac in alleviating the symptoms of depression.
Curcumin may help delay aging and fight age-related chronic diseases. If curcumin can really help prevent heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s… then this would have obvious benefits for longevity.
For this reason, curcumin has become very popular as an anti-aging supplement (49).
But given that oxidation and inflammation are believed to play a role in aging, curcumin may have effects that go way beyond just prevention of disease.