Facts and possible Benefits of Curcumin:
Authors note: I have my BS degree in Kinesiology and have an extensive education in nutrition. All the information found here is based on my own knowledge and my own research. Before taking any supplement, it is always wise to speak to your Dr. or Dietitian.
* Curcumin is an antioxidant that is known to protect human cells from oxidative stress. Antioxidants such as curcumin have the possibility of neutralizing these harmful free radicals that ravage a person's cells. This is especially true for those who live in areas where climate issues, such as pollution or work conditions where constant exposure to oxidative stress can take its toll on the body.
* Curcumin is widely used as an anti-inflammatory in many countries. This is especially beneficial to those suffering from allergies, arthritis, skin disorders, or any other conditions where inflammation is the root cause of the issue. Furthermore, curcumin can be taken orally to help ease the inflammation caused by a number of injuries, such as burns and wounds.
* It has been shown in some studies to help prevent certain types of cancers. Specifically, some studies have shown that Curcumin slows the growth of mutated somatic tumor cells and can even delay the onset of certain types of cancers.
* When applied topically, Curcumin acts as a mild antibiotic, so those with a wound that is prone to infection would likely benefit from adding this nifty spice.
* Many people have successfully used Curcumin or Turmeric as to treat certain types of fungal or yeast infections.
Where to get Curcumin? Curcumin (the active compound in the spice, Tumeric) is available is many common foods. Because Tumeric is added as a food coloring to many foods that we eat, most people at least get some Curcumin in their diet, albeit not enough to reap the full benefits of this compound. This being the case, one can either add a surplus of curcumin/turmeric to their food or they can simply supplement with it via a concentrated supplement. Supplementing with this spice is much easier to tolerate, as eating turmeric isn't exactly the greatest tasting spice when too much of it is added to your food. Because of the wide research on turmeric on its positive benefits, this spice is now available everywhere. It is likely that your local health food store has at least some stock of Curcumin supplements on hand. If not, it is readily available online. Online health stores, such as iHerb.com, carry a huge selection of curcumin supplements. It should be noted, however, that everyone should check with their primary physician or nutritional expert before adding any supplement to their diet to help prevent/treat a condition..
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