(Health Secrets Newsletter) Got arthritis? Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory properties have been known in Chinese and Ayurvedic Medicines for thousands of years. Curcumin is the active ingredient of turmeric, which is a component of the curry preparations used daily in Indian and other South Asian cuisines. Since those cuisines have infiltrated the west, modern science has been investigating the health benefits of turmeric and curcumin, and the results are good news for anyone with arthritis, and for an aging population in general.
Curcumin/Turmeric Health Benefits
Don’t confuse curry powder with turmeric. Turmeric is the substance that gives curry its yellowish color, while curcumin is the active ingredient of turmeric that offers the health benefits known in earlier medical traditions and that are being discovered now in western nutritional medicine. Curcumin comprises five percent of turmeric.
Curcumin is both an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Epidemiological studies of people who have a high dietary intake of turmeric show a lower incidence of cancer among them. Curcumin also helps create the master antioxidant glutathione.
Curcumin has proven even better for relieving arthritis pain and stiffness than expensive pharmaceuticals, without side effects. It has also been proven to protect the liver and gallbladder. Dr. Russell Blaylock included curcumin extract supplements in his post vaccination first aid kit to minimize the possibility of inflammation and cytokine storm from a vaccination.
Many other tests with curcumin extracts have been documented with in vitro (petri dish/test tube) and in vivo (living organism) trials that show how amyloid plaque, considered a cause of Alzheimer’s, is suppressed by curcumin. There have also been many trials, mostly in vitro, that indicate curcumin helps impede cancer cells’ growth.
Curcumin extracts have been used as an adjunct with orthodox cancer treatments to allow for reduced dosages of toxic cancer drugs.
Curcumin is considered non-toxic. Up to six grams of curcumin daily for extreme cases such as cancer has shown no toxic side effects.
How to Take Curcumin
Curcumin as part of turmeric powder is very beneficial as a daily regimen if taken properly. The problem with curcumin is similar to that of resveratrol: The stomach won’t let it pass through to the small intestines enough to appear significantly in blood serum, where it has to be for cellular nourishment.
That’s easily resolved with turmeric by combining it with fats. Cold pressed oils, coconut oil, organic butter, ghee, raw milk, and organic cottage cheese are optimum choices. It has also been discovered that heat helps absorption without decomposing the curcumin in turmeric. Some users mix turmeric in warm milk. After all, curry involves cooking with some sort of fat.
The curcumin extract used for extreme conditions poses the same absorption problems with a different set of solutions. This extract is usually in capsule form. Enteric coating needs to be used to keep the capsule intact in the stomach yet allow it to break down in the small intestines, allowing for immediate absorption into the blood.
Enteric coatings are used commonly by Big Pharma, but not commonly by natural supplement providers. So you need to look for a mention of enteric coating on the label or you’re wasting your money and time.
Some curcumin extract providers insert piperine, an extract of black pepper, to help with absorption of the curcumin. But curcumin supplements using piperine can cause problems with pharmaceutical medications. So if you are on pharmaceuticals, avoid curcumin extracts with piperine.
Unless your situation warrants higher supplementation, consuming turmeric at one to three teaspoons full per day with fats to get the curcumin into your bloodstream provides an inexpensive, safe,* and efficacious anti-inflammatory, anti-aging boost to your health. If you are fighting arthritis, use of cucumin extract capsules in warranted.
*Those afflicted with hepatitis or gallbladder stones need to use caution.
Sources for more information include:
Ray Sahelian, M.D. Curcumin’s Role in cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and inflammation
The Benefits of Taking Curcumin Daily
The World’s Healthiest Foods – Tumeric