Turmeric, also known as the "Spice of Life" has been widely studied for its protective benefits and ability to lower inflammation. It's key ingredient, curcumin, is responsible for its yellow-orange colour and array health benefits. It can support healthy brain function, promote a balanced inflammatory response in the body, which is important for a healthy immune system.
The need to know
What are the benefits?
Spice of life
Anti-inflammatory sugar stabiliser
Can support healthy brain function
Curcumin has one of its main effects by blocking NF-kB a potent inflammatory molecule behind many chronic diseases.
It is also a potent antioxidant and helps to boost the body's own antioxidant defences. It has also been shown to reduce heart disease, risk of Alzheimers disease, arthritis and help delay ageing.
How will I know its working?
You'll know turmeric or curcumin supplements are working if you experience a noticeable reduction in inflammation-related symptoms, such as joint pain or stiffness, along with an overall improvement in wellbeing.
When to take it?
Take 1 tablet daily with food and water, unless specified otherwise on the sachet.
Per Serving% Daily
Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) from 50mg of 50:1 extract, providing 47.5mg of curcominoids
Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) from 10.5mg of 60:1 extract, providing 10mg of piperine
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
† Daily Value not established.
Curcumin is best known for its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. It can inhibit molecules known to play major roles in inflammation, which makes it a subject of interest for treating conditions like arthritis and other inflammatory disorders. Its antioxidant properties also help in neutralizing free radicals, compounds that can cause damage to body cells and contribute to chronic diseases.
Curcumin has been shown to cross the blood-brain barrier and may have neuroprotective properties. It can increase the levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a type of growth hormone that functions in the brain. Low levels of BDNF are linked to various brain disorders, including depression and Alzheimer’s disease, and curcumin's ability to boost BDNF levels suggests potential benefits for brain health and function.
Research has indicated that curcumin can affect cancer growth, development, and spread at the molecular level. Studies have shown that it can contribute to the death of cancerous cells and reduce angiogenesis (growth of new blood vessels in tumors) and metastasis (spread of cancer). However, more research is needed to fully understand its role in cancer treatment and prevention.
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The latest research
Razavi, B.M., Ghasemzadeh Rahbardar, M., Hosseinzadeh, H. "A review of therapeutic potentials of turmeric (Curcuma longa) and its active constituent, curcumin, on inflammatory disorders, pain, and their related patents." Phytotherapy Research 35.12 (2021): 6489-6513. doi: 10.1002/ptr.7224. Epub 2021 Jul 26
Liu, S., Liu, J., He, L., Cheng, B., Zhou, F., Cao, D., He, Y. "A Comprehensive Review on the Benefits and Problems of Curcumin with Respect to Human Health." Molecules 27.14 (2022): 4400. doi: 10.3390/molecules27144400
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