If you are considering supplementing, taking a Turmeric supplement is more effective than a Curcumin supplement. When selecting a Turmeric supplement, it should also contain piperine (black pepper) for best absorption.
Incredible Healing Benefits of Turmeric:
Alzheimer's Disease Prevention - Curcumin, the main active ingredient in Turmeric, can prevent or slow down the progression of Alzheimer's disease by binding to small proteins in the brain stopping them from aggregating and preventing them from forming into hard insoluble plaques between brain cells. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties in Curcumin also provide support and protection for the brain.
Anti-inflammatory - Prolonged, low-level inflammation plays a large role in nearly every chronic disease. The powerful anti-inflammatory properties in Curcumin are equal in effectiveness to some anti-inflammatory drugs, but without the toxic and damaging side effects. With these anti-inflammatory properties, Turmeric is especially beneficial for people suffering with rheumatoid arthritis; easing their joint pain and joint inflammation.
Beneficial in Reducing Heart Disease - The antioxidant properties in Curcumin helps prevent the oxidation of cholesterol. Oxidized cholesterol damages blood vessels and creates arterial plaques that can lead to heart attack or stroke. In one study on the benefits of Curcumin, 121 patients who were undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery received either a placebo or 4 grams of Curcumin each day, for several days before and after surgery. The Curcumin group had a 65% decreased risk of experiencing a heart attack in the hospital.
Cancer Prevention - Curcumin in Turmeric neutralizes free radicals while also stimulating the body's production of its own antioxidant enzymes. Curcumin also helps the body destroy mutated cancer cells, has been shown to prevent prostate cancer, protects against radiation-induced tumors and has a preventive effect against T-cell leukemia, colon and breast carcinomas.
Depression - Curcumin in Turmeric can boost the brain's production of serotonin and dopamine (feel good hormones). In some cases Curcumin proved to be as effective as Prozac in alleviating symptoms of depression.
Digestive Issues & Weight Loss - Curcumin in Turmeric stimulates the gallbladder to produce bile, which helps breakdown dietary fat as well as aid in digestion and is especially helpful for people suffering with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), IBD (Irritable Bowel Disease), Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. People suffering with gallstones, gallbladder disease or bile obstruction should not take Turmeric as a dietary supplement.
Immune Booster - Turmeric has antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties which can strengthen the immune system. Drinking Turmeric Tea (see below) at the first sign of a cold or flu may help shorten the duration.
Type 2 Diabetes (Preventative) - In a 2012 study from the University in Thailand, 240 adults with prediabetes were randomly assigned to take six capsules daily of either placebo or 250 mg of Curcumin for nine months. At the end of the nine months, 19 (16.4%) of the 116 patients who took placebo had developed type 2 diabetes, while none of the 119 patients who had taken Curcumin developed the disease. In another controlled study, after 3 months of taking Curcumin participants experienced a significant decline in free fatty acids, insulin resistance, blood glucose and A1c levels.
Wound Care - Turmeric has both antiseptic and antibacterial properties and is an excellent disinfectant. If you have a cut or burn, you can sprinkle turmeric powder on the wound to speed up the healing process. Taking Turmeric supplements can also help with preventing and healing pilonidal cysts, cystic acne and other inflammatory skin conditions.
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