What is Curcumin?

What is Curcumin?

Curcumin is that yellow powder mom likes to keep at home for those yellow dishes like curry. It’s sourced from turmeric root and has been shown to have therapeutic properties when it comes to inflammation, infection, and works as a potent antioxidant. Research confirms its potency to match those of common anti-inflammatory drugs.

Should I consider taking a curcumin dietary supplement?

As mentioned earlier, curcumin is more than just that yellow colorant for food. Taking a curcumin supplement will grant you access to the following, confirmed benefits:

  • Anti-inflammation. Curcumin is hailed for its anti-inflammatory properties. One research even concluded the compound’s use in various chronic diseases. [1]
  • Antioxidant. The compound has been shown to actively protect the body against heavy metal toxicity such as mercury. [2]
  • Brain health and memory benefits. Curcumin is one of the few compounds on the planet to boost enzymes involved in DHA and ALA production. [3] It’s also been shown to help lower the risk of memory loss, replenish glutathione levels, and decreases overall oxidative stress in the brain.[4]
  • Anti-carcinogenic. Research claims curcumin to inhibit cancer cell growth at multiple levels and has established itself as a safe and promising substance for cancer prevention and therapy. [5]
  • Arthritis benefits. Various reviews and studies provide evidence that curcumin can help treat symptoms of arthritis and can be more effective than anti-inflammatory drugs and it’s due to its potent and inherent anti-inflammatory benefits.

eyepharma norfloWhile you can get curcumin from your everyday turmeric powder, the actual curcumin you’ll get is unfortunately too low, as turmeric only contains up to 3% curcumin by weight. To really get the best out of curcumin, you have to make use of an extract that contains curcumin in high concentrations such as Norflo®.

Norflo® contains high amounts of curcumin. We recommend Norflo® because of its innovative and patented formula. The formula used is based Curcumin-Phospholipid complex and substances that facilitate the disintegration of the tablet.

How much curcumin should I take?

The general recommended dose of plain curcumin varies per body weight, but the general range amounts to between 3,000 mg to 12,000 mg daily. While that range seems safe, some studies show gastrointestinal tract discomfort at doses 6,000 mg and up. Too much might give you a bloating sensation, gas, and even loose and yellow stools.

References:

  1. Aggarwal BB, Harikumar KB. Potential therapeutic effects of curcumin, the anti-inflammatory agent, against neurodegenerative, cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, autoimmune and neoplastic diseases. Int J Biochem Cell Biol. 2009;41(1):40-59.
  2. Agarwal R, Goel SK, Behari JR. Detoxification and antioxidant effects of curcumin in rats experimentally exposed to mercury. J Appl Toxicol. 2010;30(5):457-68.
  3. Wu A, Noble EE, Tyagi E, Ying Z, Zhuang Y, Gomez-pinilla F. Curcumin boosts DHA in the brain: Implications for the prevention of anxiety disorders. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2015;1852(5):951-61.
  4. Agrawal R, Mishra B, Tyagi E, Nath C, Shukla R. Effect of curcumin on brain insulin receptors and memory functions in STZ (ICV) induced dementia model of rat. Pharmacol Res. 2010;61(3):247-52.
  5. Shanmugam MK, Rane G, Kanchi MM, et al. The multifaceted role of curcumin in cancer prevention and treatment. Molecules. 2015;20(2):2728-69.
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