The Wonders of Curcumin: Health Benefits

Posted on 31. Oct, 2012 by in Curcumin

Curcumin is one of the richest naturally occurring antioxidants that can provide many benefits to the body. This substance is derived from the turmeric plant and is usually found as a main ingredient of the curry spice. As an antioxidant, it is believed to help rid the body of free radicals and stress that it brings thereby helping reduce signs of aging, stress and potential illnesses due to accumulation of free radicals in the body such as cancer.

This substance has been used across many countries in Asia as well as in India for centuries now due to its potential health benefits. It has been used since ancient times to help treat various diseases and disorders such as arthritis, some digestive problems, and even urinary problems. It has also been used as an energy booster and for treating problematic skin conditions and for healing wounds. This is because curcumin has been found to contain all of these properties that make it a medical wonder: antioxidants, antifungal, antibacterial, anticancer, antiviral and anti-inflammatory. With such properties, it is no wonder that such substance was used by many people for many different medical ailments.

There have been actual studies and researches that suggest the substance can help manage specific diseases that up to this day have no cure yet. It has been found to help in the management of Alzheimer’s, arthritis, allergies and even diabetes.

But one of the diseases that many researches and studies about this substance have been centered on is cancer. Because this substance contains high amounts of antioxidants, it helps prevent cancer cells from forming. Cancer cells are born out of free radicals creating an unstable environment inside the body to which healthy cells and tissues cannot thrive. Once healthy cells and tissues are destroyed, it can potentially form cancer cells.

This is why a daily dose of high amounts of antioxidants are important to help combat formation of free radicals and prevent cancer cells from forming. This is where taking this substance rich in antioxidants becomes very helpful. It helps prevent cancer through several different mechanisms: 1.) it helps block out the cancer causing effects of certain chemicals in the body; 2.) it helps hinder the growth of cancer cells by stopping them even before they start forming; and, 3.) it helps prevent the growth of blood vessels into tumors thereby preventing the tumors from growing and potentially becoming fatal.

Now that you understand the potential of this substance in the body, you might want to start incorporating curry into your diet. But it is hard to measure if you are getting enough of this substance in your body through diet alone. This is why many experts still suggest ingesting some supplements that contain curcumin to get the right dose of it in your body that can help prevent cancer from occurring and other more diseases plus, help heal and manage other diseases that you might already have.

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