Skip Turmeric, Choose Curcumin
Odds are that you've heard of turmeric, the yellow asian root with powerful medicinal properties that has been the golden child of anti-inflammatory foods for centuries. But a more insightful look into this ingredient tells us that the benefits we seek are more effectively found in one of turmeric's key properties: Curcumin.
Turmeric's part of the ginger root family and is grown across Asia and Central America. Historically, turmeric has been used as a fabric dye, a culinary ingredient specifically within curry, and a range of applications in Ayurvedic medicine which advocates for total and balanced wellness through the care of mind, body, and spirit. This last bit— is pretty interesting. Research has successfully backed Turmeric in the treatment of hay fever, depression, high cholesterol, liver disease, osteoarthritis, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and inflammatory bowel disease. On that same note, there's insufficient research supporting the use of turmeric in the treatment of
among a heap of others.
So what do we factually know?
We know that turmeric's got powerful properties that serve various medicinal benefits because it contains curminoids which are a group of compounds responsible for turmeric's yellow color. But turmeric only contains 3% of this ingredient. So, why's it so important? Well, curcumin is the single most important curcuminoid. It's actually an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory power house. Curcumin fights inflammation at the molecular level and it's so effective it's been shown to match the anti-inflammatory results of anti-inflammatory drugs without any of the potential side effects. Crazy, right?
Free your body from free radicals
As an antioxidant, curcumin fights free radicals which are chemicals in the natural process of oxidation which essentially damage your cells. The body will make free radicals after smoking, getting sunlight, while processing food and alcohol, and pretty much existing in today's society (sigh). Curcumin will stop free radicals from forming and break them down on their tracks so that they're harmless chemicals simply passing through the body.
Choosing curcumin over turmeric’s just the common sense move. You get the benefits of turmeric straight from the source. And in 2019, we’re skipping all the wellness non-sense and headed straight for what works.