The Benefits of Curcumin
We often hear about the health-boosting powers of superfoods, but some have stronger superpowers than others. Turmeric certainly belongs on that list. This golden spice that has received a lot of attention from scientists in recent years. The benefits it provides are backed by thousands of studies, which is why so many people use it in superfood juices, smoothies, and supplements.
What makes turmeric so powerful? The health benefits come primarily from the active phytochemicals in the root, known as curcuminoids. Curcumin is the natural compound that provides the golden color you see in turmeric. Here are a few of the top research-backed benefits of curcumin.
What The Studies Say
1. Blood Sugar And Cholesterol Levels: Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant that reduces free radicals in the body1. Research shows that it supports brain development and assists in maintaining normal blood sugar levels. Curcumin can also reduce LDL cholesterol levels and improve triglyceride levels, both of which are essential to heart health.
“2. Brain Health: The antioxidant power of curcumin may help to protect the brain from damage that can lead to neurodegenerative symptoms, helping to keep your brain healthy as you age.”
3. Arthritis: If you have chronic joint pain or arthritis, the anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin can help. One study compared the benefits of using curcumin with prescription pain medication: Curcumin supplements produced a greater improvement in rheumatoid arthritis symptoms compared to the prescription drug5.
Most Efficient Way To Consume Curcumin
The challenge with curcumin, either alone or in turmeric, is that it is not easily absorbed by the body. Curcumin should be consumed with olive oil, sunflower oil, avocado, ginger, or piperine (a substance found in black pepper fruit extract) to maximize the absorption and bioavailability.
NATURELO's organic turmeric supplement with ginger and Bioperine (extract of black pepper which is 95% piperine) may provide as much as 2000x better absorption than consuming turmeric alone.