10 Benefits Of Turmeric (Curcumin)
Turmeric also known as (Curcuma longa) comes from India and other South Asia countries. Turmeric comes from the curcuma longa plant which its roots are dried and ground into the unique orange coloured turmeric powder we see in many shops,which is one of the most popular spices in Indian cooking. There are thousands of studies referencing turmeric's active substance named curcumin, which turmeric has many chemical elements in its molecular structure called curcuminoids. When the studies explore the active substance curcumin in turmeric it has powerful properties which compared to pharmaceutical medications it is as effective if not in some cases better!
Turmeric Studies / Curcumin Studies
Turmeric has had a multitude of studies with lots on data online to read through, we’ve selected 10 drugs prescription medication that can be compared to turmeric.
Medical intervention generally includes the following medications to slow and prevent blood clotting,for people with conditions like deep-vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism the drugs listed above may not always be the best option as the side effects may outweigh the benefits. Side effects from these drugs may include back pain, headaches and difficulty breathing. Curcumin studies show anticoagulant properties and its derivative bisdemethoxycurcumin, BDMC prolonged aPTT and PT significantly and inhibited thrombin and FXa activities results suggest that curcumin and BDMC possess antithrombotic activities therefore adding turmeric supplements in your diet could benefit your lifestyle.Study Reference
Although few studies have been conducted on humans, dozens of research trials have proven that turmeric is especially effective in helping with symptoms of depression in laboratory animals.The Journal of Phytotherapy Research published the results of an amazing and innovative study this past year. The study took 60 volunteers diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD), such as manic depression, and split the group to determine how patients treated by curcumin compared with those who had taken fluoxetine (Prozac) and a combination of the two.Not only was it discovered that all patients were tolerant to curcumin but it was also proven to be as effective as Prozac in managing depression. According to the authors, “This study provides the first clinical evidence that curcumin may be used as an effective and safe therapy for treatment in patients with Mild Depression.”
Arguably, the most powerful aspect of curcumin is its ability to control inflammation. The journal Oncogene published the results of a study that evaluated several anti-inflammatory compounds and found that aspirin and ibuprofen are least effective, while curcumin is among the most effective anti-inflammatory compounds in the world.Diseases today such as Cancer, Ulcerative Colitis, Arthritis, high cholesterol and chronic pain have all been related to inflammation.
Because curcumin is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory and pain reducing characteristics, a study was conducted on 45 Rheumatoid Arthritis patients to compare the benefits of curcumin in turmeric to arthritis drugs (diclofenac sodium), that put people at risk of developing leaky gut and heart disease.The study split these volunteers into three groups: curcumin treatment alone, diclofenac sodium alone, and a combination of the two. The results of the trial were eye-opening.The curcumin group showed the highest percentage of improvement in overall [Disease Activity Score] scores and these scores were significantly better than the patients in the diclofenac sodium group. More importantly, curcumin treatment was found to be safe and did not have any adverse effects on the volunteers. Our study provides the first evidence for the safety and superiority of curcumin treatment in patients with active RA, and highlights the need for future large-scale trials to validate these findings in patients with RA and other arthritic conditions.Published by Phytotherapy Research in 2012, the results of this study has encouraged more human research to evaluate the amazing effects curcumin-rich plants like turmeric has on people suffering from various different types of arthritis.
Of all the various topics scientists have tackled in regards to curcumin, cancer (of various types) is one of the most thoroughly researched topics. As you may be aware there are many authorities dedicated to research and progress in this field, such as Cancer Research UK.A 2007 American study which combined curcumin with a chemotherapy treatment in order to treat bowel cancer cells showed that it killed more cancer cells than the chemotherapy alone.States-side, the American Cancer Society states, Laboratory studies have also shown that curcumin interferes with cancer development, growth, and spread. Researchers have reported that curcumin blocked the formation of cancer-causing enzymes in rodents.
For lowering blood sugar and reversing insulin resistance there’s arguably no better natural option than incorporating turmeric within your diet.In 2009, Biochemistry and Biophysical Research Communications published a study out of Auburn University that explored how supplementing with turmeric can help reverse diabetes.The study discovered that curcumin in turmeric is literally 400 times more potent than Metformin (a common diabetes drug) in activating AMPK which improves insulin sensitivity which can help reverse Type 2 Diabetes.In addition to correcting the causes of diabetes, curcumin has also been proven to help reverse many of the issues related to insulin resistance and hyperglycemia.Take, for instance, diabetic neuropathy and retinopathy; one of the most common complications of diabetes is damaged blood vessels which can cause blindness. A study found that supplementing with curcumin can delay this horrible complication of diabetes because of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
People with digestive and stomach complaints become intolerant to medical interventions because the stomach flora is already compromised and drugs can literally tear up the mucosal lining.An in-depth analysis of all the studies evaluating curcumin’s ability to manage inflammatory bowel disease (IBS), Crohn’s disease, and Ulcerative Colitis found that many patients were able to stop taking their prescribed corticosteroids because their condition improved so dramatically by taking curcumin!For many patients with IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) corticosteroids reduce their pain symptoms, but damage the intestinal lining over time actually making the condition worse. However, supplementing with curcumin did not have these side effects and, because of its anti-inflammatory properties, actually helped heal the gut and supported the growth of good bacteria (Probiotics).
One of the reasons heart disease is such a problem in the U.S. is that people are developing pre-diabetes (excessive blood sugar) at an alarming rate. In turn, diabetics and non-diabetics alike are suffering from a common complication called oxidative stress, which damages the inside of blood vessels. Because of this damage to the arteries, cholesterol begins to build up to patch up the damaged areas which leads to high levels of LDL cholesterol.Traditionally, Statin drugs - like Lipitor - are widely known to harm the kidneys and liver and cause a number of side effects. They do bring cholesterol down but never address the actual cause which is oxidative stress that is a result of high blood sugar levels and inflammation.Thankfully, medical doctors are becoming increasingly aware of the dangerous side effects of statin drugs and instead are prescribing natural alternatives like curcumin and fish oil instead. A study conducted by Drugs in R & D found that curcumin was equal or more effective than specific diabetes medications at reducing oxidative stress and inflammation in the treatment of high cholesterol. Studies like these are causing pharmaceutical companies to try and design a synthetic form of curcumin that unfortunately, will not work as well as the real thing.
One of the more widely accepted properties of curcumin in scientific communities is its ability to manage pain.Just this past year the European Journal of Pharmacology published research that discovered curcumin naturally activates the opioid system in diabetic rats. Typically manipulated by drugs, this natural process serves as the body’s inherent pain-relieving response. Not being limited to diabetic pain conditions, an interesting study also published late last year gives us a clue as to the wide array of pain conditions that can be treated by curcumin.Take, for instance, severe burns. Typically, burn victims are treated by dangerous opioids and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories. However, because of its anti-inflammatory benefits the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research suggests that, curcumin should be used to treat burns instead of these conventional medications. Therapeutic use of turmeric and other curcumin-rich plants are displacing conventional medical treatments and proving it is a legitimate natural painkiller.
Finally, we’ll take a look at how turmeric benefits the many conditions normally treated by corticosteroids such as:
- * Psoriasis
- * Lupus
- * Rheumatoid arthritis
- * Scleroderma
- * Chronic pain
In a 1999 breakthrough clinical study, it was found that curcumin has the ability to cure chronic inflammation of the eye. Typically this condition was only treated with steroids but today it is common for medical doctors who practice functional medicine to prescribe curcumin instead.What cannot be overstated, however, is that although statistically “comparable” to steroids in managing and reversing chronic disease, “The lack of side effects with curcumin is its greatest advantage compared with corticosteroids,” as stated by the authors in the above study out of K.G. Medical College.To give you a sense of the amount of suffering alleviated by curcumin, the following is a sample of steroid side effects listed by the UK’s National Health Services (NHS):
- * Acne
- * Asthma
- * Cancer
- * Cataracts
- * Delayed wound healing
- * Diabetes onset
- * Glaucoma
- * Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- * Increased appetite (oftentimes leading to increased weight)
- * Indigestion
- * Insomnia
- * Kidney and thyroid issues
- * Mood disturbances (including aggression, irritability, and rapid mood swings mimicking bipolar disorder)
- * Muscle weakness
- * Nausea
- * Risk of infection
- * Stunted growth in children
- * Tachycardia (rapid heartbeat)
- * Thinning skin (leading to easy bruising)
Ultimately, when taking into account the large amount of complications these 10 drugs could potentially put your body at risk of, it is easy to see how curcumin is superior to most medicines.
One of my favorite recipes for including turmeric benefits into your diet is turmeric tea “liquid gold”. Also, consuming turmeric eggs for breakfast and curried carrot soup is an excellent way to get more turmeric in your diet. Amazingly, anti-arthritic activity and a marked reduction in steroid toxicity was seen when supplementing with curcumin.Whether you use it as a supplement or a spice to flavour your food, you will certainly be satisfied with what Turmeric has to offer.
Along with adding turmeric into your diet you may also consider taking curcumin supplements or more common known as turmeric supplements.Naturesupplies turmeric tablets are the best quality turmeric rich in antioxidants a huge 500mg of dried turmeric root. According to a study, published in Planta Medica, taking turmeric in combination with black pepper, which contains piperine, improves turmeric absorbability throughout the entire body. They added 20mg of piperine to 2000mg Turmeric, and it increased the bioavailability of Turmeric by 154%