How does Turmeric Differ from Curcumin?
Turmeric (the spice) contains approximate 3% curcumin. Use turmeric for cooking and if you have pain, arthritis or other inflammatory issues consider taking curcumin supplements. Curcumin is an amazing antioxidant that fights several free radicals. It’s also a powerful natural pain killer which offers tremendous anti-inflammatory properties and disease-fighting benefits which I have noted below:
– It helps reduce chronic pain including sore joints and BOTH rheumatoid and osteo arthritis because it provides several COX-2-inhibitors that help halt pain, swelling and inflammation
– It has recently been reported that curcumin can help depression and slow the onset of Alzheimer’s disease by removing brain plaque
– Can help lower blood sugar levels and is beneficial to those with diabetes
– Can help detoxify the liver (the body’s filter system) and boost the immune system
– It calms allergy symptoms, asthma, and bronchitis
– When taken with a cold, curcumin reduces sinus congestion and respiratory inflammation and helps eliminate excess mucous
– Calms skin conditions such as rashes, eczema and psoriasis
– Can help those with colitis or Crohn’s disease
– Is also known as a good cancer preventative and can help address cancer of the breast, prostate, colon, liver, oral and esophageal cancer while causing no damage to healthy cells.
I personally take and recommend Life Extension Super Bio-Curcumin $39 (60 vegetarian capsules) because it offers 7 times greater absorption than others on the market. In fact, I recommended this brand to my sister who suffers with sore wrists and joints and fibromyalgia, she felt relief within two-three weeks. Now both she and her husband take it religiously. I am not paid to endorse the product I recommended. It’s just really good stuff.