Also known as: Curcuma longa, Kamin, Haldi, Active ingredient is Circumin
Benefits: Digestion, Antioxidant, Anti-Inflammatory, Analgesic, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Arthritis, Prostate Cancer, Diabetes, Weight Loss, Depression
Recommended Usage: Adults may take 400 mg to 600 mg, 3 times per day.
What is Turmeric ?
Turmeric is a member of the ginger family, and is native to Southeast Asia. It is normally dried and ground into a deep orange-yellow powder, common in many Asian cuisines, especially curries.
Turmeric also has numerous medicinal uses since ancient times, which have been proven to be highly effectual.
Turmeric is not been used as a male enhancement or libido enhancement herbal product.
Other Features of Turmeric
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in Turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is an antioxidant.
Curcumin is difficult for the human digestive system to absorb into the bloodstream, but this absorption is greatly affected when taken with a minor amount of black pepper. Our capsules and sachets of Turmeric include approximately 3% black pepper to attain the optimum balance required to achieve optimum absorption of Curcumin into the bloodstream.
Curcumin is also fat soluble, so it may further help for it to be taken with a fatty meal.
Top Benefits of Turmeric:
Digestion and the liver (Ulcers, diverticulitis, flatulence, leaky gut)
Heart heath (High blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol)
Immune support (Cancer, colds and flu, bronchitis)
Musculoskeletal strength and flexibility (Joint disorders, arthritis, pain)
Nervous system (Pain, Alzheimer's)
Wound healing and healthy skin (Eczema, psoriasis)
May Help Prevent Parkinson’s Disease
Diabetes and Menstruation difficulties
Why should you consider Turmeric on a regular basis ?
Turmeric has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and a medicinal herb. Recently, science has started to back up what the Indians have known for a long time... it really does contain compounds with medicinal properties
Curcumin actually targets multiple steps in the inflammatory pathway, at the molecular level.
Curcumin blocks NF-kB, a molecule that travels into the nuclei of cells and turns on genes related to inflammation. NF-kB is believed to play a major role in many chronic diseases.
In several studies, the potency of Circumin as compared favorably to anti-inflammatory pharmaceuticals without the harmful side effects.
Dramatically Increases the Antioxidant Capacity of the Body
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 and Reduces Risk of Brain Diseases
The neurons are capable of forming new connections, but in certain areas of the brain, they can also multiply and increase in number.
One of the main drivers of this process is Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), which is a type of growth hormone that functions in the brain.
Many common brain disorders have been linked to decreased levels of this hormone. This includes depression and Alzheimer's disease.
Interestingly, Curcumin can increase brain levels of BDNF.
By doing this, it may be effective at delaying or even reversing many brain diseases and age-related decreases in brain function.
There is also the possibility that it could help improve memory and make you smarter. Makes sense given its effects on BDNF levels, but this definitely needs to be tested in human controlled trials.
Lower Risk of Heart Disease
Perhaps the main benefit of Curcumin when it comes to heart disease, is improving the function of the endothelium, which is the lining of the blood vessels.
Several studies suggest that Curcumin leads to improvements in endothelial function. One study shows that is as effective as exercise, another shows that it works as well as the drug Atorvastatin.
In one study, 121 patients who were undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery were randomized to either placebo or 4 grams of curcumin per day, a few days before and after the surgery.
The Curcumin group had a 65% decreased risk of experiencing a heart attack in the hospital.
The link to the abstract of this study is provided below (Effects of Curcuminoids on frequency of acute myocardial infarction……).
Helps General Heart Health
Tumeric an help to normalize cholesterol levels. It prevents cholesterol from oxidizing, which is a process that can damage blood vessels. Scientific studies say that turmeric reduces blood clotting, increases circulation and decreases in high blood pressure. My mentors recommend it following heart surgery such as angioplasty and
Turmeric May Help Prevent Cancer
In fact, Turmeric may also be able to help TREAT cancer.
Studies have shown that it can reduce angiogenesis (growth of new blood vessels in tumors), metastasis (spread of cancer), as well as contributing to the death of cancerous cells.
Multiple studies have shown that Curcumin can reduce the growth of cancerous cells in the laboratory and inhibit the growth of tumours in test animals.
In one study in 44 men with lesions in the colon that sometimes turn cancerous, 4 grams of Curcumin per day for 30 days reduced the number of lesions by 40%.
The link to the abstract of this study is provided below (Phase IIa Clinical Trial of Curcumin for the Prevention of Colorectal ……).
May be Useful in Treating Alzheimer’s Disease
It is known that inflammation and oxidative damage play a role in Alzheimer's disease. As we know, Curcumin has beneficial effects on both.
But 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.
Whether Curcumin can really slow down or even reverse the progression of Alzheimer's disease needs to be studied properly.
The link to the abstract of one of these studies is provided below (Curcumin And Alzheimer’s Disease……)
Effective with Arthritis
Arthritic Patients Respond Well to Circumin Supplementation
In a study of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, Curcumin was even more effective than an anti-inflammatory drug.
Many other studies have looked at the effects of Curcumin on arthritis and noted improvements in various symptoms.
The link to the abstract of the study mentioned first is provided below (A randomized, pilot study to assess……)
A study done by Drugs in R & D found that Curcumin was equal to, or more effective than, diabetes medications at reducing oxidative stress and inflammation in the treatment of high cholesterol.
Studies like these are leading pharmaceutical companies to try to design a synthetic form of Curcumin that, unfortunately, will not work as well as the real thing.
The link to the abstract of one of these studies is provided below (Effect of NCB-02, atorvastatin……)
Tumeric is a warming herb that promotes digestive secretions. It helps to relieve gas and has strong anti-inflammatory abilities to soothe the inflammation in the digestive tract. Turmeric as anti-inflammatory explains why it is used for diverticulitis, colitis and irritable bowel syndrome.
Curcumin has shown some promise in treating depression.
In a controlled trial, 60 patients were randomized into three groups.
One group took prozac, another group took a gram of curcumin and the third group took both prozac and Curcumin.
After 6 weeks, curcumin had led to improvements that were similar to prozac. The group that took both prozac and Curcumin fared best.
The link to an abstract of this study is provided below as (Efficacy and safety of Curcumin in major depressive disorder…..)
There is also some evidence that Curcumin can boost the brain neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine.
The link to the abstract of the Indian study is provided below (Efficacy and safety of Curcumin…..)
Not being limited to diabetic pain conditions, an interesting study also published late last year gives us a clue as to the wide array of pain conditions that can be treated by Curcumin.
Take, for instance, severe burns. Typically, burn victims are treated with dangerous opioids and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories. However, because of its anti-inflammatory benefits, U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research suggests that, Curcumin should be used to treat burns instead of these conventional medications.
The link to the abstract of this particular study is provided below (Curcumin: a novel therapeutic for burn pain……)
One study found that turmeric, when combined with cruciferous vegetables, may prevent prostate cancer and stop or slow the growth of existing prostate cancer.
The link to the abstract of this particular study is provided below (Curry And Cauliflower ……)
May Curb Metastasis
Multiple studies have found that one of the most exciting health benefits of turmeric is the prevention of metastasis, the spread of cancer from the primary site to other areas of the body
The link to the abstract of one of these studies is provided below (Prostate Cancer – Curumin Curbs……)
Effective for Psoriasis
The link to the abstract of one of these studies is provided below (Oral curcumin shown effective….)
May Help Prevent Parkinson’s Disease
Curcumin crosses the blood-brain barrier and is a known neuroprotective agent. Several studies have found that Curcumin may be beneficial in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. According to Michigan State University researchers, Curcumin can prevent clumping of a protein that leads to Parkinson’s
The link to the abstract of the Michigan State University study is provided below (Curcumin shows promise in attacking Parkinson’s…..)
May Help Slow Multiple Sclerosis
Curcumin has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis. A study at Vanderbilt University found that Curcumin prevented the onset of an autoimmune disease in mice that is similar to MS in humans. In fact, the study authors said that MS is a rare disease in India and China, where turmeric is consumed on a regular basis.
The link to the abstract of the Vanderbilt University study is provided below (Curcumin inhibits experimental allergic….)
May help delay Aging and fight chronic age-related diseases
If Curcumin can really help prevent heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer's... then this would have obvious benefits for longetivity.
Turmeric has become very popular as an anti-aging supplement.
Turmeric can be used for healthy skin and wound healing
The powdered turmeric root can stop bleeding fast; simply apply it to the wound.
Turmeric can heal fungal infections like ringworm and athlete’s foot. To do this, a paste is made from the powder and applied externally. And, by now, hopefully you know the warning... it will temporarily stain your skin and anything else it comes into contact with.
Eye Health – Macular Degeneration
A study at the UC San Diego found that Curcumin may be able to treat some types of retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative group of eye diseases that can lead to blindness. Another study found that it may be helpful in the treatment of macular degeneration
The link to the abstract of study for the effect on Macular Degeneration is provided below (The generation of induced pluripotent stem cells ….)
A study published in the journal Biofactors showed that Curcumin can help promote weight loss. The researchers found that the anti-inflammatory properties in Curcumin were effective at suppressing the inflammatory processes of obesity, therefore helping to reduce obesity and its “adverse health effects.”
The link to the abstract of the study mentioned first is provided below (Curcumin and Obesity), also a link to another study (Targeting Inflammation-Induced Obesity….)
Instructions for use: We recommend adults take 400 mg to 600 mg, 3 times per day, or as directed by your physician.
Allergies: Suitable for vegetarians and contains no yeast, dairy, egg, gluten, corn, soy or wheat. Contains no sugar, starch, salt, preservatives, or artificial color, flavor or fragrance.
Warnings: Turmeric is considered safe when used appropriately and according to the label. Those with liver disease should use turmeric with caution, if at all.
There are no known drug interactions, but in rare instances, daily use of turmeric over an extended period of time may cause stomach upset or heartburn in some patients. Those taking medication for diabetes should be aware that turmeric may reduce blood sugar levels.
Women who are pregnant should avoid turmeric due to the possibility of uterine stimulation. There is insufficient information for women who are nursing, so contact your doctor before taking it.
Do not take turmeric if you have gallstones or bile duct dysfunction, as it may cause gallbladder contractions. Turmeric also exhibits antiplatelet effects and may promote bleeding if used immediately before surgery. Discontinue use of turmeric two weeks before surgical procedures.
Special Note: Also, according to a study, published in Planta Medica, taking turmeric in combination with black pepper, which contains piperine, improves turmeric absorbability throughout the entire body. They added 20mg of piperine to 2,000mg turmeric, and it increased the bioavailability of turmeric 154 percent!
Other studies have shown that adding black pepper increases the bioavailability of Turmeric up to 1,000 times !!!
Please note that HerbalSolutionet’s Tumeric powder contains 3% black pepper to facilitate optimal absorption, thus bioavailability.
The link to an abstract on the research in Planta Medica of black pepper’s effect on Tumeric’s absorbability can be found here:
Nutritional Value of Turmeric:
Links to various abstracts/studies regarding Tumeric:
Anti-Inflammatory Properties of Curcumin – 2009 Alternative Medicine Review Thorne Research, Inc
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents differ in their ability to suppress NF-kappaB activation, inhibition of expression of cyclooxygenase-2 and cyclin D1, and abrogation of tumor cell proliferation – 2004 Cytokine Research Laboratory, Department of Experimental Therapeutics, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Role of Curcumin in systemic and oral health – 2013 J Nat Sci Biol Med
Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory properties of Curcumin – 2007 Department of Biochemistry & Center for Micronutrient Research, Annamalai University, Tamilnadu, India
Curry And Cauliflower Could Halt Prostate Cancer – 2006 State University of New Jersey
Positive effects of Curcumin on Antioxidant status – 2013 Journal Toxicology and Environmental Chemistry
Curcumin Reduces the Effects of Chronic Stress on Behaviour – 2006 Science Direct, Brain Research
Antidepressant-like Effects of Circumin – 2013 Science Direct, Behavioural Brain Research
Circumin Improves Spatial Memory in Rats – 2013 Biogerontology
Effects of curcuminoids on frequency of acute myocardial infarction after coronary artery bypass grafting. – 2012 Department of Internal Medicine, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Phase IIa Clinical Trial of Curcumin for the Prevention of Colorectal Neoplasia – 2011 Cancer Prevention Research (Must Read Collection)
Curcumin And Alzheimer’s Disease – 2010 CNS Neuroscience and Therapeutics
Curcumin’s ability to fight Alzheimer’s studied – 2015 Vanderbilt University
A randomized, pilot study to assess the efficacy and safety of curcumin in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis. – 2012 Nirmala Medical Centre, Muvattupuzha, Kerala, India
Efficacy and safety of curcumin in major depressive disorder: a randomized controlled trial – 2014Department of Pharmacology, Government Medical College, Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India
Curcumin and obesity – 2013 Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
Targeting Inflammation-Induced Obesity and Metabolic Diseases by Curcumin and Other Nutraceuticals – 2010 Bharat B. Aggarwal, Cytokine Research Laboratory, Department of Experimental Therapeutics, The University of Texas
Effect of NCB-02, atorvastatin and placebo on endothelial function, oxidative stress and inflammatory markers in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus: a randomized, parallel-group, placebo-controlled, 8-week study – 2008 Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Curcumin: a novel therapeutic for burn pain and wound healing – 2013 U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, Battlefield Pain Management Research Task Area , 3698 Chambers Pass, Fort Sam Houston, TX
Prostate Cancer - Curcumin curbs metastases – 2012 Institute of Laboratory Medicine
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Curcumin shows promise in attacking Parkinson’s disease – 2012 Michigan State University
Curcumin inhibits experimental allergic encephalomyelitis by blocking IL-12 signaling through Janus kinase-STAT pathway in T lymphocytes – 2002 Division of Neuroimmunology, Department of Neurology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
Oral curcumin shown effective in psoriasis – 2014 European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology
Efficacy and safety of curcumin in major depressive disorder: a randomized controlled trial – 2014 Department of Pharmacology, Government Medical College, Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India
The generation of induced pluripotent stem cells for macular degeneration as a drug screening platform: identification of curcumin as a protective agent for retinal pigment epithelial cells against oxidative stress – 2014 Department of Medical Research and Education, Taipei Veterans General Hospital Taipei, Taiwan