Curcumin Health Benefits: Curcumin Boosts Immunity
Curcumin, the natural pigment that gives the curry spice turmeric its yellow color, has developed quite an impressive reputation for it ability to boost immunity. And new research has shown why it has this effect. Apparently, it’s the molecules. They create a sort of force field of resistance against infection, according to research published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
Researchers reported 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. (Barry J. et al. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 2009, 131(12):4490-4498, doi: 10.1021/ja809217u.)
Curcumin has also been found to provide a whole host of health benefits. It’s known to be a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and can reduce cholesterol levels, improve cardiovascular health, reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and offer potential protection against cancer.
The Anti-Aging Bottom Line: Research showing that curcumin is a miracle compound just continues to accumulate. Take advantage of its health benefits by including turmeric in your diet and by taking a standardized supplement. Curcumin supplements can provide you with a more concentrated dose of the beneficial compounds it contains, and can also keep you away from the typically calorie-laden versions of Indian curries served in the U.S.