We often hear about superfoods but not all of them reach the same level of superpowers as another. Turmeric is one that certainly belongs on the list. It is a golden spice that has received a lot of attention from scientists in recent years. The benefits it provides are proven and form the basis for why many people use it in superfood juices, smoothies, and supplements.
Why is turmeric so important to include in your health regimen? It is because of active phytochemicals, known as curcuminoids, the most well-known of them being curcumin. It is that compound that provides the golden color you see in turmeric.
What The Studies Say
1. Blood Sugar And Cholesterol Levels: Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant that reduces free radicals in the body1. Research shows that it supports brain development and assists in maintaining normal blood sugar levels. Curcumin can also reduce LDL cholesterol levels and improve triglyceride levels, both of which are essential to heart health.
2. Alzheimer’s Disease: According to some studies, curcumin may also help to reduce neurodegeneration and prevent Alzheimer’s disease2. The use of curcumin to inhibit Alzheimer’s disease is promising because it may inhibit the development of the disease in many different ways.
3. Cancer: Similar to how it may help fight neurodegenerative diseases, curcumin may also target cancer cells. Curcumin’s antioxidant properties protect cells from damage that could be a precursor to cancer3. Additionally, studies have shown that the growth of tumors and their development is suppressed with the use of curcumin4.
4. Arthritis: If you have chronic joint pain or arthritis, the anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin can help. One study compared the benefits of using curcumin with prescription pain medication: Curcumin supplements produced a greater improvement in rheumatoid arthritis symptoms compared to the prescription drug5.
Most Efficient Way To Consume Curcumin
The challenge with curcumin, either alone or in turmeric, is that it is not easily absorbed by the body. Curcumin should be consumed with olive oil, sunflower oil, avocado, ginger, or piperine (a substance found in black pepper fruit extract) to maximize the absorption and bioavailability.
NATURELO’s organic turmeric supplement with ginger and Bioperine (extract of black pepper which is 95% piperine) may provide as much as 2000x better absorption than consuming turmeric alone.
1. Curcumin: A Review of Its’ Effects on Human Health, 2017 Oct 22
2. Relevance of the Anti-Inflammatory Properties of Curcumin in Neurodegenerative Diseases and Depression, 2014, 19(12), 20864-20879
4. The effects of turmeric (curcumin) on tumor suppressor protein (p53) and estrogen receptor (ERα) in breast cancer cells, 2017 Mar 10
5. A Randomized, Pilot Study to Assess the Efficacy and Safety of Curcumin in Patients with Active Rheumatoid Arthritis, 09 March 2012