Curcumin is the active ingredient in the commonly known turmeric spice and is known for its anti inflammatory ability. Regular turmeric only contains between 3-5% of the active ingredient curcumin, and it’s this component that delivers the big health benefits Australians are beginning to talk about.
Although Curcumin has only just become the hottest new ingredient it has been used in Chinese and Indian medicine for centuries. Most scientific research conducted on Curcumin however uses dosages of Curcumin that equates to roughly 1000mg per day, which makes it difficult to get a enough just by eating the bright yellow turmeric spice in your food. But is taking a Curcumin tablet really worth it?
Relief for Arthritis
Research is beginning to emerge showing that Curcumin is actually quite a potent anti inflammatory. It seems that Curcumin not helps to minimise inflammation throughout the body, but actually helps minimise the pain that can come as a result of arthritis. The bright yellow spice is activated at the point of inflammation which makes it effective to help combat arthritis.
Neutralizing free radicals in our body
Clinical studies have began to illustrate that curcumin also exerts very powerful antioxidant effects. Its antioxidant activity helps to neutralize free radicals, which are chemicals that damage great amounts of healthy cells throughout our body.
Curcumin & Absorption
Unfortunately Curcumin is very poorly absorbed. The verdict is still out on exactly how much of the curcumin our body uses. The good news is, is that there are is now Curcumin available that is paired with ingredients that help to activate the curcumin and make it more easily absorbable. One of the newer ingredients is a patented black pepper extract called Bioperine, which is showing promise in increasing Curcumin into our body.
What do you look for when buying Curcumin?
Don’t be fooled – Turmeric, is not the same as Curcumin. It’s important you look for a high strength Curcumin (500mg -600mg of Curcuminoids per tablet) that is paired with the right ingredient to help absorption.
Perhaps, this emerging, super ingredient is beginning to live up to the all the hype it’s getting. Worth a try.
The Bioglan Team