Curcumin | The Antioxidant Anti-Inflammatory Brain Food
Research Shows That Curcumin is Excellent For The Brain, Joints and More!
I take curcumin every day in my goji berry curcumin juice. I call that drink my "Brain Body Energizer. The curcumin energizes the brain and the goji berries energize the body. Curcumin does more than energize the brain though.
Curcumin is a component of the spice tumeric. Curcumin is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, fights certain cancers, and dissolves proteins in the brain that cause Alzheimer's disease.
Many of the tests that prove these properties of curcumin have been done in animals, and scientists are working to prove the same results in humans, and they are showing success.
Curcumin the Antioxidant
Antioxidants protect healthy cells from free radical damage. Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage cells and cause aging. This article about an Ohio State University study supports the curcumin antioxidant properties in humans.
Curcumin the Anti-Inflammatory
Anti-inflammatory refers to the property of a substance or treatment that reduces inflammation. Inflammation in the body is a normal and healthy response to injury or attack by germs, and is the body's way of stabilizing the area and delivering nutrients, which results in redness, swelling, and pain. Many people suffer from chronic, low-level inflammation, and evidence supports that this type of inflammation sets the stage for heart disease, cancer, and other degenerative diseases. Studies have identified curcumin as anti-inflammatory because of its ability to inhibit specific molecules that are involved in inflammation: phospholipase, lipooxygenase, and cyclooxygenase 2, to name a few.
Many people take tumeric for arthritis and joint pain with great great success. Curcumin is the concentrated curcuminoids from tumeric and offer more potency than by taking regular tumeric.
Curcumin and Cancer
Studies are progressing past the animal studies that have shown curcumin to inhibit cancer growth and now human studies are supporting the same conclusion. A UCLA study involving 21 patients showed that curcumin inhibited head and neck cancers. Curcumin acts directly on liver cells to help prevent them from becoming fatty. And it works directly on pancreatic beta cells to help them produce insulin normally.
Curcumin and Alzheimers
Curcumin is one of the few substances that is able to pass through the brain blood barrier. This is important because studies have shown the curcumin is able to dissolve proteins in the brain that are a result of Alzheimer's disease.
Curcumin is extracted from tumeric and is made into capsules. By itself curcumin is not easily absorbed into the bloodstream. Scientists have found two ways to have it be more easily absorbed. One is to take it with a concentrated pepper, but there is concern by many that the concentrated levels needed can be toxic. I don't use the curcumin products that use pepper. The other way to have the curcumin absorbed into the bloodstream is to take it with a fatty oil. I use either coconut oil or coconut milk because I and many feel it is the best oil we can use, and it has great antiviral and antibacterial properties. You will find some curcumin products that mix the curcumin with olive oil.
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