Curcumin - Turmeric: Health Benefits, Facts & Side Effects

Turmeric is most commonly known as a cooking spice that gives curry its yellow color. It’s widely used in a variety of cooking styles, especially Indian cooking, and in its pure root form, it can almost be mistaken for ginger, aside from its dark color. But how can it be used medicinally?

What is Curcumin?

For centuries Turmeric has been used medicinally in Ayurveda. It contains a group of active compounds called curcuminoids, one of which is curcumin, the main active ingredient in this herb that gives the spice its incredible healing qualities. Curcumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory, boosts brain and heart health, and is packed with antioxidants.

Curcumin is poorly absorbed in the body, but it can better assimilate with black pepper’s activating property piperine. Our Tricurmin™ supplement is mixed with pure Turmeric and 125 mg of Triperine™, a blend of black pepper, ginger, and piper longum, for maximum absorption, bioactivity, and efficacy. It contains 384 mg of Turmeric powder and 240 mg of Tricurmin™, which is a Turmeric extract standardized to contain 95% curcuminoids.

Similarly, curcumin is fat-soluble, meaning your body will also better absorb the compound if consumed with foods containing good fats. Simply adding an ingredient like avocado to your meals with Turmeric and black pepper will benefit your body profoundly. However, taking a Turmeric supplement with high amounts of curcumin will have stronger effects than the minute amount of curcumin that occurs naturally in cooking Turmeric.

What are the Health Benefits of Curcumin (Turmeric)?

Boosts Immunity

  • According to a KGMU study, consuming Turmeric, Neem, and Tulsi together regularly may be effective in building immunity and blocking the effects of the coronavirus in the body
  • Learn more about Tulsi’s effects on the respiratory system, along with other benefits. Make fresh tulsi tea with this recipe!

Contains Anti-Inflammatory Properties

  • Relieves joint pain
  • Blocks NF-kB, a molecule that travels into the nuclei of your cells to signal inflammation to turn on
  • Has been shown to match certain anti-inflammatory drugs in efficacy without the side effects

Contains Antioxidant Properties

  • Increases antioxidant capacity of the body
  • Neutralizes damaging free radicals

Improves Brain Function + Lowers Risk of Brain Disease

  • Improves memory and focus
  • Can increase levels of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), which when lowered are linked with memory, as well as brain and age-related diseases.

Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

  • Improves endothelial function, the lining of the blood vessels
  • Reduced inflammation and oxidation allow for a healthier heart
Tricurmin Supplements

Tricurmin Supplements

Curcumin Dosage & Administration

Turmeric contains only 3% curcumin, so extract is taken to create the supplements with higher levels of curcumin. It’s commonly taken as a vitamin for this reason by users in order to receive maximum benefits.

If you already use Turmeric in your cooking, you’re receiving its benefits! While you’ll need a larger amount to get the desired effects, continue to cook with Turmeric and always combine it with black pepper to activate the curcuminoids in your Turmeric.

Key Points

Curcumin is the main active ingredient in Turmeric, which boosts immunity, improves brain and heart health, and reduces inflammation.

Turmeric is fat-soluble and can be used in cooking and taken as a vitamin supplement.

Combining Tulsi, Neem, and black pepper with Turmeric may be supportive to the immune system.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products/services are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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