What is Curcumin?
Curcumin is an extremely powerful antioxidant. It is the main active component of the root of turmeric, which is a perennial herbaceous plant of the ginger family. The plant has been used in Indian traditional medicine, Ayurveda, as a remedy for more than two thousand years due to curcumin, which possesses powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also used by other peoples of Asia and Oceania.
The turmeric root contains no more than 3% of curcumin, while its content in dietary supplements might reach 95%. It is recommended to take dietary supplements that include curcumin to have an effect on the body.
Benefits of Curcumin
Curcumin has been known for its beneficial properties for a couple of thousand years. Modern research confirms its properties that have been known since ancient times.
Curcumin contributes to:
- growth of new neurons;
- improvement of the functioning of endothelium;
- anti-inflammatory effect on the body;
- impacting the development, growth, and multiplication of cancerous cells on the molecular level;
- treating arthritis, relieving pain and inflammation;
- improvement of the overall condition of the body.
Uses of Curcumin
Curcumin is poorly absorbed by the body. That is why its supplements contain added components that improve its absorption and bioavailability, which means such supplements are much more efficient.
The daily dose of curcumin might amount to 500–2000 mg. You should consult a doctor to determine your individual dose. The directions for the use of the supplement are indicated in its instruction. You should follow them or the doctor’s recommendations.
Curcumin side effects and overdose
Curcumin does not have side effects on the body, except for the cases of individual intolerance. You should not take curcumin supplements 2 weeks before an operation since curcumin has a blood-thinning effect. Overdose might lead to nausea, vomiting, stomachache, diarrhoea, constipation, or allergic reactions. That is why you should follow the recommendations for curcumin use.