What is Curcumin?
Curcumin is one component of the popular East Indian spice turmeric. Curcumin is responsible for the yellow coloring of this tasty spice but NOT the unique flavour.
Why is Curcumin a beneficial?
Curcumin has the following properties: anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-tumor, and blood pressure and lipid lowering abilities.
What can Curcumin be used for?
Studies have shown curcumin to be effective in the treatment of pain caused by inflammation, including arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease. Other benefits shown in clinical studies include cancer protective effects (namely colon cancer) and as adjunct in slowing the progress of Alzheimer’s, possibly due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
What are the potential side effects and risks?
Human studies using high doses (2-12 grams) showed few side effects, with some patients reporting mild nausea or diarrhea. Curcumin should not be used by those using agents to prevent blood clots, such as warfarin or Pradax®. It should also be avoided in people who have a history of gallstones.
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