What is curcumin?
Curcumin is a yellow-colored substance found in turmeric root. You might be more familiar with turmeric as the spice that gives many curries their bright-yellow color. Curcumin has been shown to decrease swelling (inflammation) and relieve occasional soreness.*
Should I consider taking a curcumin dietary supplement?
Curcumin appears to offer several health benefits. Research supports its use as an antioxidant.* Curcumin dietary supplements often are used to help relieve occasional aches and soreness.*
Be aware that not all curcumin is well-absorbed. Research suggests that curcumin that is bound to phospholipids, called a phytosome, has enhanced absorption and results in increased blood levels of curcumin. This means you can take less to receive the same benefits.
What are the dietary sources of curcumin?
The plant turmeric, which is used as a spice in cooking and is a constituent of curry powder, is the major source of curcumin. Turmeric powder is about three-percent curcumin, so if you regularly consume curry, you are receiving some of curcumin's health benefits. Higher amounts are available in dietary supplements.
How can curcumin affect my health?
Supplemental curcumin can benefit you in several ways:
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- Helps maintain a healthy inflammatory response in various parts of the body*
- Provides antioxidant support*
- Provides support for joint, eye, GI tract, liver, prostate and nerve health*
- Provides relief from occasional soreness*
See more In-depth
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