8 Facts That Officially Make Curcumin the “King of All Spices”
A new review published in Current Pharmacology Reports makes it official: Curcumin is the healing king of all spices. The antioxidant-rich compound, concentrated at the center of turmeric, is a healing substance that I think everyone should consume daily in some form. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits are too good to ignore. Turmeric, the yellow root it’s derived from, has a long history of culinary and medicinal use as a spice.
Turmeric is great to cook with, or you can conveniently take curcumin as a supplement.
Here’s a summary of the curcumin benefits we’ve written on over the last few years:
1. Curcumin protects your brain
Extensive research has demonstrated the protective effects of curcumin on the brain. In one study, curcumin inhibited the accumulation of destructive beta amyloid protein in the brain – the “tangles” that are the hallmark of cognitive decline. What’s more, it broke up existing plaques by boosting immune cells called macrophages to clear out the plaque. [Read More]
2. Curcumin Quells Painful Inflammation
Studies have shown that the way curcumin works its anti-inflammatory magic is by effectively “switching off” the body’s most powerful inflammatory chemical, Nf-kappa beta, along with specific enzymes that have been implicated in inflammation.
In a recent study of joint pain patients, those who added curcumin to their daily treatment plan reported reduced pain and increased mobility, whereas the group that received no curcumin had no significant improvements. Another key study also found that curcumin blocked inflammatory pathways, effectively preventing the launch of a protein that triggers swelling and pain. [Read More]
3. Curcumin boosts mood
A recent study in India showed that curcumin may increase levels of serotonin and dopamine, two neurotransmitters known to boost mood, which are targeted by antidepressant drugs. Researchers also found that curcumin used in conjunction with certain antidepressants may have a synergistic effect, increasing its effectiveness. [Read More]
4. Curcumin reduces muscle soreness after exercise
Research suggests that curcumin may help with everyday exercise compliance by offsetting some of the negative effects of a vigorous workout. In the study, curcumin reduced exercise-induced inflammation in mice, possibly by inhibiting inflammatory compounds such as COX-2, prostaglandins and leukotrienes. That improved running performance and recovery. [Read More]
5. Curcumin boosts immunity
Researchers have found that curcumin molecules insert themselves into cell membranes making them more stable and orderly. By doing this, the cell becomes more resistant to attacks by disease-causing microbes and ultimately, infection. [Read More]
6. Curcumin balances blood sugar
A study showed that subjects who supplemented with curcumin for six weeks experienced significant improvements in insulin resistance and glucose tolerance. Subjects who took curcumin had increased activity of an enzyme that plays a key role in blunting the blood sugar rise that follows meals and produces insulin. [Read More]
7. Curcumin keeps cells healthy
Researchers found that curcumin fights abnormal cell mutations at their root cause by derailing the initiation phase of ten different pathways that cause them to multiply and spread throughout the body. Curcumin has also been shown to interfere with the production of advanced glycation end products that promote the accumulation of dangerous inflammatory byproducts that lead to cellular mutations. [Read More]
8. Curcumin increases the effectiveness of other supplements
Curcumin improves the performance of some other powerful natural healers. In one study, researchers from UCLA found that a combination of curcumin and vitamin D worked well to clear harmful amyloid plaques found in the brains of people with cognitive decline. In another study, curcumin combined with green tea extract worked better than either alone in reducing cell mutations. [Read More]
Joshua Corn – Editor-in-Chief
Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career. Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential. Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.