Curcumin: A Science-Certified Natural Anti-inflammatory
Background of Tumeric Plant
Turmeric is a spice that has quite a reputation in the health world; the rhizomes of this plant, also known as Curcuma longa
It has been used for millennia for medicinal purposes, especially in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
However, we have recently acquired the ability to analyze the properties that make turmeric such a spectacular species, and we can even create supplements containing this powerful nutraceutical.
This plant contains a powerful ingredient in its formula: curcumin, a polyphenol that has been shown to have multiple health benefits, through direct and indirect effects.
It seems that thanks to this compound, turmeric can improve the function of our kidneys, pain, or even the famous metabolic syndrome. However, one of the things that impresses us most is its anti-inflammatory power (1).
According to several scientific studies, it seems that turmeric may have a secret related to an old enemy of health: oxidative stress. It seems that this reaction is closely related to inflammation, especially in chronic diseases.
In fact, inflammation has been mentioned as the mechanism of origin regarding some delicate diseases, such as:
Under normal conditions, our metabolism generates harmful molecules (called free radicals) that must be eliminated. To do this, we produce some compounds, such as glutathione (an endogenous antioxidant), which can protect us and eliminate all these threats.
However, when we have an unhealthy lifestyle and do not take care of our food, these free radicals start to increase uncontrollably. Glutathione, our defender, is no longer enough to stop the damage of these reactions, which is when the problems begin (3).
This is how serious diseases, such as those mentioned above appear. However, it seems that turmeric may be an effective solution to this problem, according to studies carried out by specialists.
According to the available scientific studies, it seems that turmeric has demonstrated a vital effect in preventing the appearance of inflammatory processes by modulating or inhibiting certain pathways responsible for giving rise to this reaction (1).
Small modulations of curcumin on these pathways can cause an effect like that of NSAIDs; inhibiting vital enzymes in the formation of the inflammatory reaction. Only by inhibiting a small factor, as curcumin does, can we completely inhibit this whole cascade of reactions and shield our body from inflammation.
Turmeric has been shown to have a crucial effect on diseases known for its inflammatory mechanism, such as arthritis. This pathology, which affects more than 250 million people worldwide, has a great impact on the quality of life (4).
This plant appears to regulate the release of pro-inflammatory factors in arthritis while regulating pain and preserving joint structure without any adverse effects. Turmeric is a compound with beneficial properties for our health, which really helps our body.
In addition, consuming turmeric will always be better and less harmful than the famous nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. No more adverse effects, turmeric, and the powerful curcumin are effective for inflammatory diseases and science confirms it.
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- Arshad Husain Rahmani, Mohammed A. Alsahli, Salah M. Aly, Masood A. Khan, and Yousef H. Aldebasi (2018). Role of Curcumin in Disease Prevention and treatment. Advanced Biomedical Research. 7: 38. doi: 10.4103/abr.abr_147_16.
- Henrotin Y., Priem F. and Mobasheri A. (2013). Curcumin: a new paradigm and therapeutic opportunity for the treatment of osteoarthritis: curcumin for osteoarthritis management. Springerplus. 2(1):56. doi: 10.1186/2193-1801-2-56.