Curcumin

Curcumin is the noticeable yellow ingredient that gives turmeric its beautiful yellow-orange colour. A bright yellow chemical produced by Curcuma longa plants, curcumin is the principal curcuminoid of turmeric, a member of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. Curcuminoids are compounds with medicinal properties.

Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. Curcumin has long been used in Asian medicine to treat a variety of illnesses.

Turmeric has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and a medicinal herb. However, the curcumin content of turmeric is not that high. If taken with fatty food (recommended), curcumin absorbs better along with black pepper. Hence if you want to experience the full benefits, a supplement would help.

Curcumin is strongly anti-inflammatory. In fact, it’s so powerful that it matches the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs. Scientists postulate today that chronic, low-level inflammation plays a major role in almost every chronic, Western disease. This includes heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s and various degenerative conditions.

Curcumin also boosts brain-derived neurotrophic factor that is linked to improved brain function and a lower risk of brain diseases and heart diseases.

Taking a curcumin supplement can be very beneficial in building your body’s defense systems.