Turmeric versus Curcumin – Which is Better? Powerful Anti-Inflammatory and Antioxidant

Turmeric versus Curcumin – Which is Better? Powerful Anti-Inflammatory and Antioxidant

Turmeric, is a plant that belongs to the ginger family of species, there are more than 100 different kinds! Turmeric roots can be eaten raw or ground into powder. Turmeric contains three main polyphenols, which together are referred to as curcuminoids. Curcumin is the most abundant. Many studies estimate turmeric contains about 2 to 6 percent curcuminoids. Within that 2 to 6 percent, curcumin is the most abundant, taking up about 70 to 75 percent of the curcuminoid space.

All turmeric contains curcumin but this only makes up about 3% of its weight and it contains many other beneficial compounds as well. Apparently 20 molecules in turmeric have antibiotic property, 14 have anti-cancer, 12 are said to have anti-tumor, 12 anti-inflammatory and 10 of them are antioxidants. Isolated curcumin is taken from the turmeric root and many people often take this as a remedy since it is more potent than turmeric powder.

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Turmeric possesses a number of pharmacological properties: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antispasmodic, antiseptic, anti-allergic, anti-tumor, digestive, stimulant and more.

Turmeric has been found to help prevent or alleviate Alzheimer’s disease: The reports indicate that extracts of turmeric contain a number of natural agents that block the formation of beta-amyloid, the substance responsible for the plaques that slowly obstruct cerebral function in Alzheimer’s disease.

Turmeric has also been found to help with Arthritis pain. Turmeric contains more than two dozen anti inflammatory compounds, including six different COX-2-inhibitors (the COX-2 enzyme promotes pain, swelling and inflammation; inhibitors selectively block that enzyme).

In addition it is used as an aid for digestive disturbances and as a treatment for fever, infections, arthritis, jaundice and other liver

Using a fat soluble base like milk or pecan milk increases the absorption of the turmeric. Also, the addition of a pinch of black pepper increases turmeric’s bioavailability by 2000%, due to Piperine, the active ingredient of black pepper.

One way you can get more turmeric into your diet to benefit your health is via turmeric tea. There are also turmeric extracts in tablet and capsule form available in health food stores; look for supercritical extracts in dosages of 400 to 600 mg, and take three times daily or as directed on the product.

On the other hand, Curcumin as I had mentioned earlier, is the active ingredient of turmeric, and is also found in limited amounts in ginger.

Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant agent that has been directly linked to a reduction in colon cancer cells and is also a direct inhibitor of a protein that is essential for tumor growth. It is loaded with antioxidants, fights signs of aging like wrinkles and pigmentation by curbing the growth of free radicals.
It turns out that curcumin is strongly anti-inflammatory, it is so powerful that it matches the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs. Curcumin actually targets multiple steps in the inflammatory pathway, at the molecular level.

Curcumin boosts levels of the brain hormone BDNF, which increases the growth of new neurons and fights various degenerative processes in the brain. Curcumin has beneficial effects on several factors known to play a role in heart disease.

Curcumin is found to be safe up to 12g per day. Just as turmeric, curcumin is fat soluble, so it may be a good idea to take it with a fatty meal and a pinch of black pepper for better absorbtion.

Research would suggest that turmeric is better with certain ailments compared to standalone curcumin.

Yet there are certain conditions such as cancer where curcumin supplements may provide more benefits.

I hope that this information will be of assistance to you when it comes to choosing between turmeric and curcumin.



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Turmeric and Curcumin – Which is Better? Powerful Anti-Inflammatory and Antioxidant