Curcumin, or turmeric as it is commonly known, is what gives colour, taste and fragrance to curries. A member of the ginger family, it's available in powder and whole root form.
Culinary use aside, curcumin also has a well documented history in traditional medicine.
The anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin have recently been tested in Italy. A sample size of 50 subject affected with arthritis of the knee found that after 90 days of taking curcumin, 58% of subjects reported decreased pain and inflammation. Taken in sufficiently high doses, curcumin has shown to have the same benefits as cortisone and phenylbutasone - with the exception of it being a natural product, not something cooked up in a laboratory.
Curcumin has proven to have cholesterol lowering, antiplatelet and antioxidant properties which indicates that curcumin is highly suited to the long-term prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease.
Recent studies indicate that consuming curcumin may have beneficial effects in the conditions Alzheimer's disease and cystic fibrosis.
It's anecdotal at the moment, however studies of elderly persons in Indian villages, where curcumin is regularly consumed, have shown that they have the world's lowest incidence of Alzheimer's disease. An encouraging statistic.
The liver is another part of the body that can benefit from curcumin. Taken in sufficient quantities, curcumin increases the number of beneficial detoxification enzymes in your liver, and also increases bile flow. This helps the liver to break down toxins and digest fats.
Another recent study on a curcumin formulation has shown the herb to be more effective than a placebo in treating the symptoms of major depression. This was the second study on major depressive disorders with the same result. Cheryl Myers, head of scientific affairs and education for Europharma said "The earlier study showed that it worked as well as Prozac in treating major depressive disorders without the side-effects."
We have curcumin available in a number of forms and supplements. Talk to one of our friendly staff about how curcumin can be part of your health regime.