Turmeric is the spice that makes curry have its distinct yellow color. But turmeric is far more than just a cooking spice.
Turmeric also has medicinal properties and people from all over the world are becoming aware of its health benefits. It just may be the most effective health supplement that you can get over the counter.
What is turmeric?
Turmeric is a plant that grows in Asia and Central America. It has a long history of been used as a medicine, dating back thousands of years. (1) It's also widely used as a spice in cooking.
The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities, along with other health benefits, which we'll discuss further in the next section. (2)
Potential Health Benefits of Turmeric Curcumin
There are many known health benefits of turmeric curcumin and more and more keep getting discovered as the research comes in.
Some of the potential health benefits of turmeric curcumin may include:
It's an Antioxidant
Free radicals are unstable molecules which are byproducts of metabolism that damage our cells. Antioxidants are molecules that work against free radicals and prevent them from causing damage.
The oxidative damage done by free radicals is thought to be one of the leading causes of aging and disease.
Because of the chemical structure of curcumin, it's a potent antioxidant so it has the potential to fight against a wide number of diseases. (3) (4)
Many people don't know that acute, short-term inflammation can actually be a good thing. It's your body's natural response to pathogens (foreign microorganisms that can cause illness and disease).
However, chronic, long-term inflammation can potentially be just as harmful. Chronic inflammation is linked to cancer, obesity, metabolic disease, and more. (5) (6)
The curcumin found in turmeric is a strong anti-inflammatory and in some cases is actually more effective than some anti-inflammatory drugs. It also doesn't come with the harmful side effects. (7) (8) (9)
Turmeric Has Anti-Cancer Properties
Some studies have shown that turmeric targets and destroys cancer cells. (10)
Turmeric curcumin may be effective in fighting against tumors but also preventing them in the first place. (11) (12)
Turmeric May Lower Risk of Heart Disease
The term 'heart disease' refers to a number of heart conditions such as heart arrhythmias, coronary artery disease, and more. It's the number one cause of death worldwide.
Turmeric may reduce the risk of heart disease in several ways. Turmeric relieves endothelial dysfunction and reduces inflammation, which can both be causes of heart disease.
Has Benefits for People with Arthritis
If you have arthritis, turmeric may be able to help. Turmeric relieves arthritis because it's an anti-inflammatory.
There have been many studies that have shown that turmeric improves symptoms of arthritis. (13) (14)
One study even saw better results using turmeric than prescription anti-inflammatory medications when treating arthritis. (15) Researchers from this study also reported that curcumin was safe and it wasn’t associated with any side effects.
May Improve Brain Function
Turmeric has been shown to increase levels of BDNF. BDNF stands for brain-derived neurotrophic factor and is a type of protein and growth hormone that promotes the growth of neurons in the brain.
Curcumin may also help prevent or delay the decreases in brain function due to age, make you more intelligent, and improve memory. (18) (19)
As mentioned in the previous section, turmeric increases levels of BDNF, which has a positive influence on depression. But there are other ways that turmeric may help to fight depression as well.
Some studies indicate that turmeric increases dopamine and serotonin, which as you may know, have an important role in depression. (20) (21) Dopamine and serotonin are neurotransmitters that contribute to feelings of happiness and wellbeing.
A study done in 2014 compared the effects of curcumin and fluoxetine (an SSRI found in prescription depression medications such as Prozac). There were three groups in the study: one that took just curcumin, one that took just fluoxetine, and one that took both. Researchers found that results were 'comparable' for each group. (22)
Healthier Liver Function
Curcumin may be effective in combating or preventing various types of liver disease. The authors of a 2018 systematic review published in Nutrients said that they believed that curcumin should be considered 'a safe and effective natural product for oxidative associated liver diseases'. (23)
What is BlueBiology Turmeric Curcumin?
BlueBiology Turmeric Curcumin is our 100% organic turmeric supplement. It contains 95% curcuminoids, meaning you get a potent dose of curcumin, the important ingredient in turmeric that gives it its powerful health benefits.
It's gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian-friendly.
Ingredients in BlueBiology Turmeric Curcumin
For this product, we kept the formula simple and used the highest quality ingredients possible.
BlueBiotics Turmeric Curcumin contains:
Contains a potent dose of turmeric curcumin powerful enough to give you curcumin's amazing health benefits
What is turmeric curcumin good for?
Turmeric curcumin is effective for a wide variety of specific purposes and general health. As mentioned previously in this article, turmeric curcumin may provide the following health benefits:
How much curcumin is in BlueBiology Turmeric Curcumin?
One dose contains 1000mg of turmeric, 95% of which is the active ingredient, curcumin.
What is the difference between turmeric and curcumin?
Turmeric is the plant; curcumin is the active ingredient within turmeric that gives it its incredible health benefits. Our product consists almost entirely of curcumin so that you mostly just get the most relevant ingredient.
What is the recommended dose size for BlueBiology Turmeric Curcumin?
A serving of BlueBiology Turmeric Curcumin is 1000mg, which is two vegetarian capsules. A bottle contains 30 servings.
Are there any side effects?
Turmeric and curcumin themselves have very few side effects, even when taken in doses up to 2100mg a day. (23) (24) (25) On the other hand, at very high doses there can be adverse side effects so it's important to not take more than you need. The 1000mg dose of our supplement contains plenty of curcumin to get its health benefits but without the side effects.
The one instance we recommend not using turmeric is if you're on blood thinners, as there can be negative interactions between the two.
Where can I buy BlueBiology Turmeric Curcumin?
You can buy it here on our website or here on Amazon.com.