Curcumin - A Preventative Powerhouse
Updated: Feb 24
Curcumin! Have you heard of it?
Curcumin is an active, therapeutic substance found in turmeric. It is a close relative of ginger. Curcumin has been used therapeutically for 4,000 years, and more recently has been the subject of over 7,000 studies due to its incredible properties.
It has been the subject of many studies, demonstrating its use as an anti-cancer agent. Curcumin has also been shown to dissolve amyloid plaques in the brain, which cause Alzheimer’s disease. Curcumin has been shown to help heal stomach ulcers, assist in nerve regeneration with Diabetic Neuropathies, decrease symptoms of depression and to decrease pain and inflammation in conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Ulcerative Colitis, Fibromyalgia, etc. It is a heavy metal chelator, meaning it assists the body with the detoxification process. Curcumin decreases platelet aggregation, meaning it may help to decrease your risk of developing heart disease. Taking curcumin has even been shown to reduce sore muscles after working out (DOMS).
Convinced yet that curcumin is on of the most incredible natural substances out there?! What's even more incredible is that NO toxicity can be found with taking curcumin. It sounds too good to be true! The reason? We believe it is because curcumin works only when activated by an enzyme called glucuronic acid from the liver. However, this only occurs in areas of the body where needed, meaning unless it is activated and used, it is expelled from the body, and no toxicity occurs.
Who should take Curcumin?
If you suffer from any of the conditions listed above, you should CERTAINLY be taking Curcumin.
However, curcumin is one of the handful of supplements that I recommend everyone invests in and takes regularly! Inflammation is at the root of nearly EVERY disease, and curcumin is one of the most powerful natural anti-inflammatory agents we have yet discovered. Recently, curcumin has been shown to be more powerful in decreasing pain and inflammation than a commonly prescribed NSAID. Click here to take a look at this study.
How much curcumin you take largely depends on the intention behind taking it. Consult with your healthcare provider before taking larger doses. If you are taking it preventatively, you will find yourself taking a smaller dose (for example: 1 Theracurmin tablet per day). If you are taking it therapeutically for congestive heart failure, cancer, an autoimmune disease, etc., a higher dose throughout the day will be recommended.
If you are pregnant, please consult with a health professional before taking curcumin. It is also not recommended to take curcumin if you are on a blood thinner, such as Coumadin or Warfarin, due to curcumin’s natural blood thinning properties.
Choosing a Curcumin supplement
When choosing ANY supplement, it is important to ensure you are choosing a high-quality product. This means buying from a trusted company with certified good manufacturing processes, without unnecessary additives and with an appropriate dose. In the case of curcumin, it is also very important to find a supplement with technology to enhance its absorption.
One of the best and most affordable curcumin supplements I have found is Theracurmin HP by Integrative Therapeutics. This product has the curcumin’s particle size reduced 100x through a wetmilling process, allowing improved absorption. The curcumin is also in a dry colloidal suspension, allowing it to be more stable and soluble, also allowing greater absorption. It has been found to be 27 times more bioavailable than standard curcumin extracts.
This supplement can be purchased here using my practitioner FullScript account, for 10% off.
Send me a message if you have another Curcumin supplement that you would like me to take a look at to determine if it is a good one!
Take Curcumin along with your Omega 3 capsules with meals for best absorption. The capsules can also be easily broken open, making it simple to add them into beverages and other dishes!
Take care, and take your Curcumin!!
- Dr. Shantai Watson DC, BSc