Discover the Health Benefits of Curcumin

The health benefits of circumin (aka turmeric) are endless.

You may have heard of it, smelled it or even eaten it. Curry is not only a popular and tasty spice; it offers a multitude of health benefits, including digestion, absorption and even muscle/joint recovery due to its potent anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin is the natural active extract found in the turmeric plant and the yellow pigment found in curry spice. It has been used therapeutically in Chinese medicine for thousands of years.

Curcumin Research

Research has shown that curcumin has powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory proprieties. Curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties by inhibiting the major inflammatory pathway (Tnf-α and nF-kB) and the ability to mimic aspirin as a COX2 inhibitor. Supplements containing curcumin have been shaken to reduce the severity of joint pain in individuals with osteoarthritis and even in those with rheumatoid arthritis.

Studies have shown that curcumin inhibits protein degradation after injury and in cases of cachexia (general wasting usually associated with chronic illnesses). Curcumin supplementation following eccentric exercise led to reduced post-exercise inflammation and markers of muscle damage while also improving exercise recovery.

Curcumin activates PPAR (peroxisome proliferator-activator receptor), which is a group of key nuclear proteins that regulate gene expression and modulate sugar uptake and utilization in the bloodstream, modulating blood sugar and increasing insulin sensitivity. This can be important in helping you in your weight and fat loss goals.

A major setback of curcumin is due to the fact that is is both unstable and not bioavailable. Thanks to science, this has been fixed! Bioavailability of Curcumin when co-administered with 20mg BioPerine (black pepper extract) was enhanced by 20-fold or 2000% compared to bioavailability of Curcumin alone. The main reason for this synergy is due to the increased uptake in the small intestine (and into the bloodstream) prior to getting metabolized and degraded in the liver. Both of these ingredients have been included in our prescription grade joint health formula Joint Edge Rx, to help ensure your best results possible!

No adverse side effects have been reported with Curcumin. Unfortunately, prolonged use of NSAIDs such as aspirin, naproxen, Advil, and ibuprofen have been linked to increase risk of kidney disease, stomach ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding. You won’t have to worry about these side effects with curcumin. So next time you order some curry chicken, ask for an extra side of curry!


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About Dr. Adam Rajoulh, MD

Board Certified Family Medicine Hospitalist Physician