Curcumina

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.

¿Cómo puede la cúrcuma afectar mi salud?

La cúrcuma complementaria puede beneficiarte de distintas maneras:

  • Ayuda a mantener una respuesta inflamatoria saludable en las distintas partes del cuerpo*
  • Es un complemento antioxidante*
  • Ayuda a la salud de las articulaciones, los ojos, el tracto gastrointestinal, el hígado, la próstata y los nervios*
  • Alivia la irritación ocasional*

¿Cuánta curcumina debo tomar?

  • Si estás tomando curcumina sin modificar, la cantidad general recomendada es de 3000 a 12000 mg al día (3-12 gramos).
  • Si estás tomando curcumina unida a un fitosoma como Meriva, la cantidad recomendada puede ser de 500 a 2000 mg al día, ya que esta forma se absorbe más fácilmente.

Are there any side effects from taking a curcumin dietary supplement?

Studies of curcumin generally have shown it to be well-tolerated, even at high doses (up to 8,000 mg a day). However, doses of more than 6,000 milligrams a day can cause mild GI discomfort, such as gas and loose or yellow stools. If you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction, stop taking curcumin and seek medical attention.

¿Es seguro tomar un suplemento alimentario de cúrcuma con otros medicamentos?

La cúrcuma puede interactuar con distintos medicamentos. Puede hacer lo siguiente:

  • Aumentar el riesgo de niveles bajos de glucosa en la sangre (hipoglucemia) en las personas que toman un medicamento contra la diabetes.
  • Aumentar el riesgo de sangrado si se usa con un medicamento anticoagulante como aspirina, clopidogrel (Plavix), ibuprofeno (Advil, Motrin IB), heparina, warfarina (Coumadin, Jantoven) y otros.
  • Interactuar con los fármacos talinolol y sulfasalazina (Azulfidine EN-comprimidos).
  • Interactuar con determinados medicamentos de quimioterapia.

Si estás considerando tomar un suplemento alimentario de cúrcuma, consulta primero con tu proveedor de atención médica, especialmente si estás embarazada o tienes un problema de salud.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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