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Curcumin: A Game-Changing Supplement

saucer plate with curry powderCurcumin, the bright yellow pigment found in the spice turmeric, may turn out to be a game-changer of an over-the-counter supplement. In India, turmeric has been valued for its medicinal properties for millennia. Curcumin is the active compound found in turmeric, and it’s a natural and safe plant compound with power­ful properties that support joint health and a healthy inflammatory response.*
Though acute inflammation is use­ful in the short term for combatting in­fections and promoting healing, when the inflammation is ongoing and widespread it can contribute to many health problems.
We have hundreds of drugs to fight chronic inflammation, such as aspirin, naproxen and other NSAIDS, steroids, and many potent new biological agents. Unfortunately, many of these agents have serious side effects and/or are expensive. Promising studies suggest that curcumin may prove to be helpful for promoting the immune system. *
Curcumin is a bioactive sub­stance that supports joint health right at its source - at the molecular level.* Studies consistently show that curcumin targets powerful cytokines that make their way into the nuclei of cells and activate genes that generate inflam­mation. In this way curcumin not only provides a healthy inflammatory response but also supports healthy tissues - thereby potentially supporting normal function and structure of the joints, blood vessels and the brain.*
Curcumin is also a strong antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals.* Oxidation by free radicals can damage cells which can affect the aging process. Curcumin’s antioxidant abilities can help potentially slow down the signs of normal aging.*
The issue with this herb is that it is very difficult to absorb, so when you eat a curry dish or even take a curcumin supplement, only a vanish­ingly small amount of it makes it into the bloodstream and brain. Thus, to experience the full benefits, you need to find a curcumin supplement that is well absorbed. Studies increasingly find that curcumin, especially when in a bioavailable form, may support joint and bone health, promote cogni­tive functioning, cardiovascular health and a healthy immune system.*
Because of these promising find­ings, curcumin is stimulating a great deal of interest among scientists and individuals interested in being proactive about staying youthful and healthy.*
In Good Health,
James O'Keefe, MD
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