Turmeric vs Curcumin.
Remember those good olden days!! When we had a cut our grandmothers used to run to the kitchen. Wait, Kitchen?? Yes, the kitchen the very Indian Kitchen which was also our “Vaidya” or a natural healer.
So, what did she apply on your cut? Turmeric, right? Turmeric has been used medicinally for 4500 years. Its paste was topically applied to diabetic wounds, pimples, insect / scorpions / snake bites, and sprains. Turmeric was orally taken against flatulence, indigestion, diarrhoea, biliary and hepatic disorders, and anorexia. The list of turmeric’s benefits is endless.
So what is turmeric build-up of? Turmeric is the flowering plant, Curcuma longa and its rhizomes(roots) are used by us. These turmeric rhizomes contain natural hydrophobic polyphenols including curcumin, demethoxycurcumin, and bisdemethoxycurcumin collectively called curcuminoids.
Curcumin is the most active compound of turmeric and has many scientifically proven health benefits. Eureka!! We found out the most beneficial ingredient in turmeric. But, what is disappointing is that this curcumin is just 2-8% of turmeric powder. The saddest part is that the solubility and bioavailability of curcumin in turmeric is very poor. In layman terms, this means that turmeric contains an insignificant amount of curcumin, and the absorption of this curcumin present in the turmeric, by the body is negligible.
Imagine the potency of curcumin!! It is present in a small quantity in turmeric, but it is the one that gives turmeric its color. Curcumin is responsible for most of the turmeric’s healing properties.
There are many patents on turmeric in many western countries. This makes us feel miserable thinking we have been using turmeric since ancient times, and the westerners are monetizing it now? The fact is that the scientists from the west study the ways to extract curcumin from turmeric, in its purest form. They develop methods to improve the solubility and bioavailability of curcumin.
So we understood that by simply using turmeric while cooking or having turmeric milk will not be able to provide the desired benefits of curcumin to the body. Many commercial curcumin formulations are available in the form of tablets, capsules and strips. They contain curcumin with different levels of purity and bioavailability. What are the benefits of curcumin?
Benefits of Curcumin
Curcumin fights inflammation at the molecular level. It is a match to many anti-inflammatory drugs.
Curcumin neutralizes free radicals. Also stimulates our body’s antioxidant defenses.
Lowers the risk of brain diseases
Curcumin can increase levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factors and delays and reverses many deceases including Alzheimer’s. Studies have shown that it also improves memory.
Lowers the risk of heart disease
Curcumin improves endothelial function, thus helps in regulating blood pressure and blood clotting
Helps in preventing and treating cancer
Curcumin contributes to the death of cancerous cells. It curtails their growth and spread too. It may support cancer treatment.
Curcumin boosts immunity with its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties.
Curcumin prevents the damage of cells and slows aging. It prevents the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.
Promotes Healthy Vision
Curcumin can prevent the progression of glaucoma and cataract. It prevents vision loss.
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