Updated: Feb 20
Curcumin, the turmeric colourant, is high in polyphenols and blocks one of the metabolic pathways that lead to inflammation, reducing the effects of diseases like osteoarthritis and metabolic syndrome. It is also beneficial to people who do not have a diagnosed illness.
Curcumin contains polyphenols, which inhibit inflammation and oxidation at the cellular level, alleviating the symptoms of diseases such as arthritis, anxiety, high blood fat levels, and metabolic syndrome. It also benefits people without diagnosed pathology, improving their physical performance and concentration and reducing stress. Other pathologies, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Multiple Sclerosis, epilepsy, and cancer, have been linked to inflammation.
Curcumin is one of several substances found in turmeric, a yellow spice in a ginger family flowering plant native to Asia and Central America. It is also known as Indian saffron or golden spice and is commonly used in Indian curries. It is used in tea in Japan, cosmetics in Thailand, and as a colourant in China, and its beneficial effects are currently being researched in science and medicine.
Curcumin inhibits inflammation and oxidation at the cellular level, alleviating the symptoms of diseases such as arthritis.
Several studies have found that curcumin positively affects osteoarthritis, an inflammatory disease in which the joint cartilage breaks down, primarily due to aging or being overweight. There are several therapeutic options for this pathology, but they frequently have numerous side effects. A daily dose of 1 g of curcumin for 8-12 weeks has been shown to reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis and has a similar impact on ibuprofen in reducing symptoms.
Curcumin reduces muscle pain after exercise and improves recovery and performance in athletes.
Systemic inflammation has been linked to various conditions that affect multiple systems, including metabolic syndrome (MetS), which includes insulin resistance, hyperglycemia, hypertension, bad cholesterol (LDL), high triglyceride levels, and visceral obesity. Curcumin improves insulin sensitivity, reduces the production of fatty tissue or fat, and lowers blood pressure.
Curcumin also reduces muscle pain after exercise and improves recovery and performance in athletes. Individuals with no diagnosed pathologies already benefit from relatively low doses. Furthermore, studies in healthy adults aged 40-60 who received a daily dose of 80 mg of curcumin showed lower triglyceride levels and decreased salivary amylase. This enzyme functions as a stress biomarker. There was also a decrease in amyloid beta plaques, an age marker, and increased antioxidant enzymes in blood plasma.
Curcumin significantly improved mood, attention, and memory performance in people over 60 compared to a placebo. It was discovered to have a potential anti-anxiety effect in a study of obese adults supplemented with curcumin.