What's The Deal With Curcumin?
In this episode I do a quick dive into curcumin and lay out its benefits. Should you use it? Listen to the show to find out. Give the podcast a listen and do me a solid, click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.
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Let's look at some benefits of taking curcumin.
The name curcumin may not be a household word — yet. But turmeric, the bright yellow spice from which it’s derived, has been used for centuries as both a medicine and a spice in Indian cooking, especially dishes known as curry.
Curcumin is the most active ingredient in turmeric, a plant related to ginger. A few years ago, I learned that some of our most devastating chronic health conditions, including arthritis and Alzheimer’s, are far less common in India and Asia. Upon reflection, I realized that our traditional diets could play a role. Americans tend to consume processed, prepared, low-nutrition food and beverages that spur inflammation, while people in India and Asia often eat fresh foods seasoned with spices that appear to protect them from some of our worst diseases. Now scientists have verified the role curcumin plays in providing that protection. Here are some examples:
Curcumin and Cancer
Research shows curcumin is powerful and versatile when it comes to health (and cancer, in particular). Very promising research results are verified and updated continually, so expect to hear more about curcumin and cancer in the near future.
Curcumin vs. drugs
A recent review study of more than 700 clinical trials involving curcumin and cancer found curcumin to be as effective as pharmaceutical drugs in treating cancers of the prostate, colon, breast, liver, esophagus, and mouth.
Recent research shows that curcumin seems to inhibit skin-cancer formation and delay the development of associated tumors.
Curcumin and Joint Pain
Cancer is not the only health issue that may benefit from curcumin. If you suffer from painful joints, whether caused by osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, curcumin could help.
Joint pain relief
Studies repeatedly show that curcumin’s anti-inflammatory abilities work as well as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and the costly, dangerous injectable drugs carrying the FDA’s “black label” warnings. Not only is curcumin effective, but it also comes without the worrisome side effects experienced by more than half of those who take pharmaceutical painkillers.