What are the benefits of Turmeric Curcumin? Turmeric is one of the most researched medicinal herbs with over 8,000 published research papers. Curcumin is the most potent active ingredient found in Turmeric. Turmeric Curcumin health benefits have been proven to range from use as a powerful anti-inflammatory, potent antioxidant, supports heart and brain health, can help regulate blood sugar, and research even shows turmeric can be a cancer fighter.
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16 Incredible Benefits of Turmeric Curcumin
Turmeric Curcumin is truly an incredible medicinal herb that you can easily add to your diet as a supplement. It has been receiving extensive praise from the conventional and alternative health worlds. It has been called “The Indian Solid Gold” and “an ideal spice for life”1 by researchers at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and “the King of Spices”2 by researchers at Rutgers University.
M.D. Anderson investigators in their article in Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology remark that:
“curcumin has been shown to exhibit antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anticancer activities and thus has a potential against various malignant diseases, diabetes, allergies, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, and other chronic illnesses.”1
Keep in mind this is coming from a prestigious medical institution, not an obscure blog!
In fact, if you search curcumin on PubMed, the gold standard peer-reviewed research database, you will find over 8,000 published research papers. There is even a 480 page textbook documenting the amazing physiological properties of curcumin. So lets go through in more detail 16 documented benefits of turmeric curcumin.
1) Anti-inflammatory- Controlling chronic inflammation is critical because it is now known to be a major causative factor in the development of chronic illness, including: type II diabetes, arthritis, cancer, neurodegenerative, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and autoimmune disorders. Study after study has shown that turmeric curcumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent.
2) Antioxidant- Antioxidants are molecules that prevent the oxidation of other molecules. This is important because when a molecule is oxidized it releases free radicals that can lead to cellular damage. This process of free radical induced cellular damage is believed to be a major contributing factor in the development of numerous chronic and age related diseases. Many research studies in the conventional medical literature document that curcumin is a potent antioxidant. A 2015 study in Molecules notes that “the antioxidant properties of curcumin can play a key role in the prevention and treatment of chronic inflammation diseases.”3
3) Antifungal- Fungal infections, typically Candida, are a huge problem, especially in immunocompromised and chronically ill patients. Thankfully, curcumin has been found to be a strong antifungal agent. A 2015 article in the European Journal of Pharmacology documents that curcumin has been found to be a potent antifungal agent against five different genera of fungi, including: “Candida, Cryptococcus, Aspergillus, Trichosporon and Paracoccidioides.”4
4) Anticancer- Cancer has been devastating our society and our “war on cancer” has been failing miserably. The National Cancer Institute remarked that in 2015 “1,658,370 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States and 589,430 people will die from the disease.”5 Fortunately people are finally starting to look elsewhere away from the current paradigm of cut, burn, and poison (surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy). Remarkably, turmeric curcumin is showing strong potential as an agent that can be used to help prevent and treat cancer. A 2013 study states with respect to curcumin, that it “appears as an attractive preventive and/or therapeutic approach against human cancer,”6 and a 2015 study documents that curcumin has anticancer effects against a vast array of cancers.7 Curcumin has even been shown to be able to reverse multi-drug resistance of cancers.8
5) Antiviral- Curcumin has been documented to have strong antiviral properties. Studies have found that curcumin shows great promise in being used to help treat various viral diseases, including: HIV, hepatitis C, ebola, RSV, and other viruses. To give you an example of some of the research being done, a 2015 article in Food and Function states that curcumin “can be used for the treatment of several diseases including HIV-AIDS because of its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antiviral, and antibacterial nature.”9 Once again the amazing properties of turmeric curcumin are noted!
6) Antibacterial- Numerous studies have documented the antibacterial effects of turmeric curcumin against a variety of bacteria, including the antibiotic resistant methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). If you have ever worked in a hospital you are well aware that drug resistant bacterial infections are a HUGE problem and sometimes fatal. The most common bacterial culprit is MRSA. The difficulty in treating MRSA is that it often does not respond to antibiotics. The good news is that researchers at Wonkwang University discovered that when curcumin is given along with specific antibiotics used to treat MRSA the antibiotics become effective at lower doses.10 Curcumin has even been found to be effective against bacteria that cause periodontal disease. In a 2016 article in the Journal of Periodontology researchers document that curcumin is very effective against a variety of periodontopathic bacteria (bacteria responsible for periodontal disease).11
7) Anti-Allergy- A 2015 animal study showed that turmeric is very effective in reducing food allergy symptoms. Turmeric was able to significantly reduce rectal temperate, anaphylactic response, and allergic immune response. The authors of the study remark in the conclusion that turmeric shows promise in being used to reduce “allergic disorders such as food allergy, atopic dermatitis, and asthma.”12
8) Improves Memory- A randomized double blind study found that turmeric can increase the working memory of pre-diabetic patients.13
9) Improves Alzheimer's Disease- Patients with Alzheimer's Disease exhibit behavior symptoms, such as: “irritability, agitation, anxiety, and apathy.” This leads to a tragic situation, one that we at BioOptimal have personally experienced. Astonishingly, a 2012 study found that turmeric “remarkably” diminished the behavior symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease. On top of that, after one year of taking turmeric capsules all the study participants could recognize their family!14
10) Antidiabetic- A multitude of studies show that turmeric curcumin is a very promising natural nontoxic antidiabetic medicine.15,16,17
11) Natural Antidepressant- Many studies have documented that turmeric curcumin is an effective natural antidepressant. For example, a 2016 study that analyzed six different studies, each of which evaluated the effect of curcumin on depression, found that curcumin is indeed effective in reducing depressive symptoms.18
12) Liver Protective- Researchers have found that turmeric curcumin potentially provides many benefits for the liver, including:
- Inhibits the progression of liver cirrhosis.19
- Protects liver cells from alcohol induced fatty liver.20
- Reduces the risk of liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma, HCC).21
13) Improves Wound Healing- Curcumin has been found to hasten the healing of skin wounds.22
14) Skin Protectant- UVB radiation from the sun is the primary cause of sun burns, skin cancer, and is notorious for aging the skin. Excessive sun exposure inevitably leads to wrinkles, reduced skin elasticity, pigment blotches, and thickened skin. Turmeric curcumin is showing great promise as a skin protectant against chronic UVB exposure. An animal study found that turmeric extract protects the skin from wrinkles, reduced skin elasticity, pigment blotches, and thickened skin.23
15) Pain Reliever- Multiple studies have shown that turmeric curcumin is a powerful pain reliever.24,25 A great example is a 2014 study that evaluated treating knee osteoarthritis pain with ibuprofen or curcumin extract. The study had 367 patients with osteoarthritis pain. 185 patients received curcumin extract and 182 ibuprofen. The researchers found that curcumin extract was as effective as ibuprofen in treating knee pain AND was easier on the gut.26
16) Lung Protectant- Curcumin has been shown in animal studies to help protect the lungs from toxin and sepsis induced lung damage.27,28
Research on Turmeric Benefits
Research continues to pour in from the medical world on the wide ranging health benefits of turmeric curcumin. Consequently, we will not be surprised if the list of turmeric benefits continues to grow. If you are considering adding a turmeric curcumin supplement to your diet we encourage you to read your supplement ingredient labels thoroughly. Look for a turmeric curcumin supplement that is certified USDA organic, made with non-gmo ingredients, and doesn't contain artificial fillers. Research also supports the benefits of a turmeric supplement containing both turmeric extract (95% curcuminoids) and turmeric powder for the complete spectrum of health benefits from turmeric. In addition, a turmeric supplement must contain black pepper (piperine) which increases the bioavailability of turmeric curcumin. Our BioOptimal Organic Turmeric Curcumin with Black Pepper supplement meets all these requirements and it’s available at the price of many non-organic turmeric supplements.
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4.Chen J, He ZM, Wang FL, Zhang ZS, Liu XZ, Zhai DD, Chen WD. Curcumin and its promise as an anticancer drug: An analysis of its anticancer and antifungal effects in cancer and associated complications from invasive fungal infections. Eur J Pharmacol. 2015 Dec 23;772:33-42.
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7.Taverna S, Giallombardo M, Pucci M, Flugy A, Manno M, Raccosta S, Rolfo C, De Leo G, Alessandro R. Curcumin inhibits in vitro and in vivo chronic myelogenous leukemia cells growth: a possible role for exosomal disposal of miR-21. Oncotarget. 2015 Sep 8;6(26):21918-33.
8. Tuorkey MJ. Curcumin a potent cancer preventive agent: Mechanisms of cancer cell killing. Interv Med Appl Sci. 2014 Dec;6(4):139-46.
10. Mun SH, Joung DK, Kim YS, Kang OH, Kim SB, Seo YS, Kim YC, Lee DS, Shin DW, Kweon KT, Kwon DY. Synergistic antibacterial effect of curcumin against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Phytomedicine. 2013 Jun 15;20(8-9):714-8.
12. Shin HS, See HJ, Jung SY, Choi DW, Kwon DA, Bae MJ, Sung KS, Shon DH. Turmeric (Curcuma longa) attenuates food allergy symptoms by regulating type 1/type 2 helper T cells (Th1/Th2) balance in a mouse model of food allergy. J Ethnopharmacol. 2015 Dec 4;175:21-9.
13. Lee MS, Wahlqvist ML, Chou YC, Fang WH, Lee JT, Kuan JC, Liu HY, Lu TM, Xiu L, Hsu CC, Andrews ZB, Pan WH. Turmeric improves post-prandial working memory in pre-diabetes independent of insulin. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2014;23(4):581-91.
14. Hishikawa N, Takahashi Y, Amakusa Y, Tanno Y, Tuji Y, Niwa H, Murakami N, Krishna UK. Effects of turmeric on Alzheimer's disease with behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia. Ayu. 2012 Oct;33(4):499-504.
19. Salama SM1, Abdulla MA, AlRashdi AS, Ismail S, Alkiyumi SS, Golbabapour S. Hepatoprotective effect of ethanolic extract of Curcuma longa on thioacetamide induced liver cirrhosis in rats. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2013 Mar 5;13:56.
21. Li Y, Shi X, Zhang J, Zhang X, Martin RC. Hepatic protection and anticancer activity of curcuma: a potential chemopreventive strategy against hepatocellular carcinoma. Int J Oncol. 2014 Feb;44(2):505-13.
23. Sumiyoshi M, Kimura Y. Effects of a turmeric extract (Curcuma longa) on chronic ultraviolet B irradiation-induced skin damage in melanin-possessing hairless mice. Phytomedicine. 2009 Dec;16(12):1137-43.
24. Ullah HM, Zaman S, Juhara F, Akter L, Tareq SM, Masum EH, Bhattacharjee R. Evaluation of antinociceptive, in-vivo & in-vitro anti-inflammatory activity of ethanolic extract of Curcuma zedoaria rhizome. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2014 Sep 22;14:346.
26. Kuptniratsaikul V, Dajpratham P, Taechaarpornkul W, Buntragulpoontawee M, Lukkanapichonchut P, Chootip C, Saengsuwan J, Tantayakom K, Laongpech S. Efficacy and safety of Curcuma domestica extracts compared with ibuprofen in patients with knee osteoarthritis: a multicenter study. Clin Interv Aging. 2014 Mar 20;9:451-8.
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