Curing with Curcumin: Turmeric as a natural herbal treatment

Maybe you don’t know curcumin by name, but you’ll definitely know it by the ingredient in which its found, and if you’re a fan of Indian food, there’s a solid chance that you’ve already consumed it. Curcumin, found in Turmeric, is the pigment that gives turmeric its bright yellow colour. Curcumin is the primary compound that gives turmeric’s its reputation as a power food in Ayurvedic Medicine, the herbal remedy practice originating from ancient times in India. Although heavily touted for its healing abilities, even modern day science has proven turmeric’s ability to operate as an anti-inflammatory, justifying its use as a natural remedy, and strengthening its linkage with health and wellness. However, turmeric itself contains around 3% curcumin, making it difficult to get curcumin’s benefits by simply adding turmeric to meals, therefore, its often suggested to instead to take curcumin as a supplement, or to actively take turmeric in capsules, something which many people choose to do Before we get to explaining how to get more circumin in your life, lets take a look into curcumin’s different health benefits and look at any potential side effects.

Curcumin health benefits

Like other bright natural foods, curcumin is rich in phytochemicals and phytonutrients. Phytochemicals compounds that are produced by plants (“phyto” means “plant”). They are found in fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, and other plants. Some of these phytochemicals are believed to protect cells from damage that could lead to cancer, which is why Turmeric is often touted for its anti-carcinogenic properties

These are curcumin’s supposed health benefits:

Anti-inflammatory

Inflammation is linked to a variety of ills, including various types disease and curcumin is such an effective anti-inflammatory.

Antioxidant effects
Oxidative stress, a natural process exacerbated by smoking and pollution (among other things), is strongly linked to ageing and age-related diseases.7 Not only does curcumin contain antioxidants which help fight oxidative stress8, but it also helps the body produce antioxidants.9
Mood support
Curcumin can support your mood and reduce stress.
Improves cognition
Curcumin encourages growth and plasticity of genes in the brain, It’s linked to better cognitive function.
Potential side effects of curcumin

Most people can take curcumin supplements without any problems. However, some people may experience adverse side effects, including:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhoea
  • Headache
  • Yellow stool11
  • Acid reflux
  • Indigestion
People with liver complaints shouldn’t take curcumin without consulting their doctor, as curcumin increases bile secretion.
How to include more curcumin in your diet

Scientists have shown that cooking turmeric with oil encourages curcumin absorption.13 It’s easy enough to add a spoon of olive or coconut oil to a curry, or rice dish, prepared with turmeric, and doing so helps the body better process curcumin.

Taking curcumin
With so many different benefits of curcumin, taking a curcumin supplement is a fantastic way to enjoy this pigment’s health benefits. Most supplements include black pepper, as the blood can’t effectively absorb curcumin without it. Black pepper increases the blood’s efficacy at absorbing curcumin by 3000%