A powerful anti-inflammatory herb that everyone should know about, curcumin is used by many of our patients for a number of health conditions. Curcumin is the active compound derived from turmeric root, the most active and scientifically researched part of the plant. As many of you know from taking the powdered form, the color is bright orange; the oils and compounds that give turmeric its color also contain the plant’s medicinal properties.
Including turmeric in your diet is a great idea and conveys protective benefits, but if you take curcumin as an isolated extract or supplement, you’re getting a much higher dose of the medicinal parts of the plant. It’s important to note that the majority of studies on the benefits of curcumin are done with very specific and high doses.
Key to curcumin’s benefits are its powerful anti-inflammatory properties; curcumin has been well-researched as an anti-inflammatory treatment for joint, nerve, and digestive conditions. As we often tell our patients, decreasing inflammation is essential to managing chronic disease of all sorts. Along with diet, lifestyle, and exercise, curcumin can be an especially valuable addition to an anti-inflammatory treatment plan.
Curcumin has also been found to destroy certain types of cancer cells, and reliable research shows its effectiveness in conjunction with traditional cancer treatment plans such as chemotherapy. In addition, research indicates that it can help to prevent cancer.
As with any herbal supplement, curcumin is not safe for everyone, and dosage varies from person to person, depending on what we’re treating. Note: curcumin’s brilliant orange color can stain, so keep it away from white clothing. Consult with one of the naturopathic physicians at our office if you’re interested in learning more about how curcumin can benefit you. Call us at (808) 943-0330 or go to steelsmithhealth.com.