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What is Curcumin and What Does it Do?

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Have you heard the term “let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food?” Sounds old-fashioned, but it could never be more true than when you consider the healthy properties of curcumin. Curcumin is the colorful compound that is found in Turmeric, a spice that once used to be considered exotic. While turmeric and curcumin have been used ins Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, holistic and nutritional experts have embraced it’s anti-inflammatory properties for the last couple of decades.

What Is Curcumin?

More than 700 years ago, when Marco Polo traveled through Asia, he came across something that was as impressive as saffron but was distinctive in itself. Marco Polo discovered turmeric in India. It was and still is healthful, flavorsome and aromatic spice.

Fast-forward to today, thousands of studies have been done on this therapeutic spice. It is also said that turmeric has been around in India for over 4000 years. Turmeric is a flowering plant belonging to the ginger family, and is used for culinary purposes, as well as, medicinal and industrial uses.

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Often turmeric and curcumin are terms used interchangeably, and even the scientific name for turmeric is Curcuma Longa. These are also assumed to be similar. However, that is not true, and here we explain exactly what curcumin is.


Curcumin is an orange-yellow curcuminoid (compound or pigment) found primarily inside turmeric. Curcumin is what gives turmeric its characteristic hue. It is a chemical compound usually reserved for the medicinal cabinet as opposed to turmeric, which is more of culinary delight and is used for curries, soups, drinks, stews, and more. Curcumin extracted from turmeric has some excellent health-promoting properties. But since the percentage of curcumin in turmeric is pretty low, it is produced in the form of supplements to manifest better results.

How Does Curcumin Work In The Body?

Different enzymes trigger inflammation in the body, including 5-lipoxygenase and cyclooxygenase-2. Curcumin works to inhibit these, and the blocking effect may reduce the risk of both mild and severe medical conditions that may affect you in the short or long-term. A few other molecules that curcumin works to prevent, which may otherwise lead to inflammation, include nitric oxide, leukotrienes, phospholipase, prostaglandins, hyaluronidase, interleukin-12, and more.

What Is Curcumin Good For?

Studies show that curcumin has powerful antioxidant, anti-tumor[i], pain-relieving, digestive, anti-cancerous[ii], and anti-inflammatory properties. Researchers indicate the positive impacts of curcumin on your memory and mood[iii]. Moreover, it helps fight against conditions like diabetes, Irritable Bowel Disease[iv], and high cholesterol. The National Center for Biotechnology Information (ncbi) lists even more health problems like brain plague[v], arthritis[vi], Alzheimer's[vii], Crohn's, and cardiovascular diseases that can be treated with curcumin.

All-natural, high quality curcumin supplements MAY support a healthy lifestyle, but be sure to check with your doctor about its safety for your situation. Because it comes from food with ancient therapeutic usage, curcumin could be a good supplement to add to your arsenal.

[i] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25884903/

[ii] https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cancer/expert-answers/curcumin/faq-20057858

[iii] https://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/curcumin-improves-memory-and-mood-new-ucla-study-says#:~:text=The%20people%20who%20took%20curcumin,percent%20over%20the%2018%20months

[iv] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19519446/

[v] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25996685/

[vi] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22407780/

[vii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2781139/


Note: “Curcuminoids have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as “Generally Recognized As Safe” (GRAS) [], and good tolerability and safety profiles have been shown by clinical trials, even at doses between 4000 and 8000 mg/day [] and of doses up to 12,000 mg/day of 95% concentration of three curcuminoids: curcumin, bisdemethoxycurcumin, and demethoxycurcumin  []” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5664031/


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