Turmeric | Curcumin
Naturally Reduces Inflammation
Chronic inflammation is known to be a contributor to many common Western diseases. Curcumin can inhibit many molecules known to play major roles in inflammation. In several studies, its potency has compared favorably to anti-inflammatory pharmaceutical drugs… except without the side effects.
Increases Antioxidant Capacity
Oxidative damage is believed to be one of the mechanisms behind aging and many diseases. It involves free radicals, highly reactive molecules with unpaired electrons. The main reason antioxidants are so beneficial, is that they protect our bodies from free radicals. Curcumin happens to be a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals due to its chemical structure. But curcumin also boosts the activity of the body’s own antioxidant enzymes. In that way, curcumin delivers a one-two punch against free radicals. It blocks them directly, then stimulates the body’s own antioxidant mechanisms.
Improves Brain Function
Curcumin boosts levels of the brain hormone BDNF, which increases the growth of new neurons and fights various degenerative processes in the brain.
Lowers Risk of Heart Disease
Endothelial dysfunction, a major driver of heart disease, involves an inability of the endothelium to regulate blood pressure, blood clotting and various other factors. Curcumin improves the function of the endothelium, thus preventing heart disease.
Researchers have been studying curcumin as a beneficial herb in cancer treatment. It can affect cancer growth, development, and spreading at the molecular level. Studies have shown that it can reduce angiogenesis (growth of new blood vessels in tumors), metastasis (spread of cancer), as well as contribute to the death of cancerous cells.
Curcumin can cross the blood-brain barrier and has been shown to lead to various improvements in the pathological process of Alzheimer’s disease. One key feature of Alzheimer’s disease is a buildup of protein tangles called Amyloid plaques. Studies show that curcumin can help clear these plaques.