Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin
Turmeric’s popularly in the United States has surged in recent years due to its many health benefits. But these benefits are nothing new. In fact, turmeric has been used medicinally for over 4,000 years. In particular, curcumin (turmeric’s primary active ingredient) is well known for its high level of antioxidants and for its anti-inflammatory effects.
There Are Many Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin
Some of the most impressive benefits of turmeric and curcumin include:
- Anti-inflammatory properties. This is probably the number one, most well known benefit of turmeric.
- Pain relief. A recent study showed that turmeric worked just as well as ibuprofen for relieving arthritis pain.
- Cancer prevention. Some studies have shown that turmeric may protect against certain cancers.
- Better digestion. Turmeric can support a healthy gut and prevent digestive issues.
- Joint health. This is just another benefit of its anti-inflammatory properties.
- Heart health. Because inflammation can be at the root of cardiovascular disease, the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric can also help with heart health.
- Cholesterol reduction. Turmeric’s antioxidants fight oxidative stress, which can cause elevated cholesterol.
- Stress reduction. Turmeric may act as an adaptogen, which helps regulate stress hormones in the body.
- Improved mood. Studies show that curcumin may act as an antidepressant.
- Improved skin. Because it’s an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory, turmeric may help with skin conditions like acne, and can help combat free radicals to delay wrinkles and others signs of aging.
How Much Turmeric Do You Need to See Benefits?
Since curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric, you’ll need to pay attention to how much curcumin you’re taking in. There are around 200 mg of curcumin in a teaspoon of ground turmeric. You’ll need anywhere from 500-1,000 mg of curcumin a day to reap the anti-inflammatory benefits. This can be accomplished by adding turmeric to your food, or by taking a curcumin supplement.
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