Curcumin is the active ingredient in the spice turmeric and a potent scavenger of free radicals.
Potential Benefits of Curcumin:
- Liver detoxification (curcumin inhibits phase I, but stimulates phase II of the liver detoxification). It also improves gallbladder function and bile flow.
- As a strong anti-inflammatory agent in RA (rheumatoid arthritis), OA (osteoarthritis),inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), bursitis, tendinitis, and sprains and strains.
- Anti – cancer activity by promoting apoptosis (programmed cell death) in unhealthy cells.
- May help slow down progression of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
- Helps maintain cognitive function.
- Eases indigestion.
- As a topical agent in genital herpes.
- Supports the immune function in HIV/AIDS.
- Promotes cardiovascular health by preventing atherosclerosis.
- Helpful in psoriasis.
- It may lower nitric oxide (NO) level, which could affect negatively athletic performance.
Curcumin is taken 500 – 1500 mg per day. It is not recommended in people with diagnosed gallstones. People with iron deficiency anemia should exercise caution when taking curcumin, as it may chelate iron.