Centuries old secrets of health emanating from India include the use of curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric.
In addition to flavouring food, Indians use turmeric to treat conditions as varied as toothache, gas, chest pain and menstrual problems. Now, more than 5000 published scientific studies attest to an even wider range of healing effects.
Curcumin is a proven antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anticancer properties. For those with cancer, heart disease or bronchitis, or almost any other illness, curcumin is the single most helpful natural ingredient they can take.
As a potent antioxidant, curcumin is able to neutralise unstable, reactive free radicals. Free radicals are molecules with a missing electron that stabilise themselves by ‘stealing’ electrons from neighbouring molecules,
Differs from synthetic drugs
Why is curcumin good for so many problems? Curcumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Almost all chronic diseases – from diabetes to heart disease to arthritis to Alzheimer’s disease – have something in common: unchecked, destructive inflammation. Unlike synthetic drugs, which typically work against only a single inflammation pathway, natural curcumin reduces inflammation through its effects on multiple inflammation targets.
Free radicals can negatively impact all body systems, including the immune system. Curcumin, like other antioxidants, is able to stop free radical cascades without becoming unstable itself. Its ability to neutralise free radicals is extraordinarily strong.
A specially prepared extract of curcumin has an antioxidant value of more than 1,000,000 – many times higher than that of blueberries (6,552), strawberries (3,577) or dark chocolate (powder) (40,200) – well known food-based antioxidants. The dual properties of curcumin as both anti-inflammatory and super antioxidant may also explain why it has no side effects,