Curcumin also called diferuloylmethane, is the main natural polyphenol found in the rhizome of Curcuma longa (turmeric). Curcuma longa has been traditionally used in Asian countries as a medical herb due to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic and antimicrobial properties. 

Curcumin, a polyphenol, has been shown to target multiple signalling molecules while also demonstrating activity at the cellular level, which has helped to support its multiple health benefits. It has been shown to benefit inflammatory conditions, metabolic syndrome, and pain and to help in the management of inflammatory and degenerative eye conditions. In addition, it has been shown to benefit the kidneys as well. While there appear to be countless therapeutic benefits to curcumin supplementation, most of these benefits are due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, as mentioned earlier. 

Curcumin is available in several forms including capsules, tablets, ointments, energy drinks, soaps, and cosmetics. Curcuminoids have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as well.  

Let’s now understand the various mechanisms of curcumin. 

Curcumin is an Anti-Inflammatory

The most important benefit of turmeric supplements is that it is commonly used to fight inflammation. Chronic inflammation contributes to many diseases, curcumin may help treat conditions like inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis and arthritis. 

Curcumin May Help Protect Against Heart Disease

Curcumin may support endothelial function. It protects the thin membrane that covers the inside of the heart and blood vessels. This membrane plays a crucial role in regulating blood pressure. A lower endothelial function may increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases and is also associated with ageing. Thus, curcumin assists in protecting against age-related loss of function and safeguards your body against heart disease.

Curcumin May Help Ease Symptoms of Arthritis

A condition associated with inflammation, both chronic and acute, is Arthritis - a joint illness. It affects over 250 million people worldwide, leading to increased healthcare costs and impairment in activities of daily living. This ultimately decreases the quality of life. To know more about Arthritis and joint care supplements, read our blog on The Good Vitamin Company website