Curcumin is a strong natural anti inflammatory and a dual-action antioxidant supplement, meaning it has the unique property of both preventing the formation of free radicals and of neutralizing free radicals.
Curcumin: The Foundation of Your Anti Inflammation Diet
Inflammation is the root of some of the most dangerous health conditions known today. It is perhaps best to think of chronic inflammation as a well-designed train that has gone off its tracks. Inflammation within a normal range is a good thing for our bodies; for example, if you fall down and bruise your knee, the resulting inflammation signals to your body that that part of your body is in need of healing. However, if inflammation levels are too high or if they persist for too long without being addressed, there is a chance that chronic inflammation can turn into serious health conditions.
Enter curcumin, one of the strongest natural anti inflammatories and recognized as such for centuries. The mechanism by which curcumin works is that it intervenes and blocks inflammation at the cellular level. Over the counter (OTC) anti inflammatories only treat the symptoms of inflammation, making them little more than a temporary band-aid. However, curcumin actually goes after the root of inflammation by suppressing the trigger that leads to inflammation. For example, the disease itself is characterized by the rapid and uncontrolled division of cells in a certain part of the body–a process that is triggered by inflammation. Conventional remedies aim to kill damaged cells or at least significantly slow down their production, but in the process, also kill the healthy cells in our bodies.
Alternatively, curcumin only kills the abnormal cells because it works by blocking the inflammatory pathway and thereby reducing the production of abnormal cells in the first place.
Curcumin: The Strongest Antioxidant Food Supplement
We hear about free radicals and our need for antioxidants all the time, but good explanations (for non-scientists!) often seem hard to come by. On the simplest level, free radicals are the byproducts created by our metabolic processes. We burn both fuel (from our food) and oxygen in order to harness the energy needed for our complex biological systems to survive. The downside is that too much oxygen can actually have a harmful effect on our bodies IF we are unable to neutralize the free radicals formed. Free radicals are unstable atoms or molecules that are missing electrons from their outer shells; in order to stabilize, they tear through our bodies in search of electrons from other atoms and molecules, thereby destabilizing them. It’s a vicious cycle, really.
This is where antioxidants come in and save the day. Antioxidants are molecules that slow down and eventually stop the vicious cycle of free radicals grabbing any electrons they can get their hands on. If left unchecked, free radicals can really destabilize our bodies. Curcumin is one of the strongest antioxidants found in the natural world, and consistent supplementation with Curcumin has shown great benefits in reducing oxidative stress.
Turmeric vs Curcumin (*Turmeric is also known as Curcuma Longa)
It is important to clarify the difference between turmeric vs Curcumin, as this is a significant source of confusion for many people.
Turmeric, which is also called Curcuma Longa, is the cooking spice, while Curcumin is the extract of a compound of natural anti inflammatories that is carefully extracted from turmeric. Turmeric only contains 3-5% Curcumin, or to put it another way, 100 grams of turmeric only contains 3 grams of Curcumin.
For example, look at this case study label for 500mg “Curcumin”:
|Curcuma Longa (Turmeric)||200 mg|
This capsule only contains 306 mg of Curcumin, with 300 mg coming from the curcuminoids (as labeled) and 6 mg coming from the 200 mg of Curcuma Longa, the botanical name for turmeric (3 mg per 100 mg).
Many products contain a blend of Curcumin and turmeric (often seen on labels as Curcuma Longa), but this is essentially a diluted product. Remember to look out for the phrase “Curcuma Longa” on labels when you compare Curcumin products!
Our Commitment to You:
Ageless Cures supplements never contain Curcuma Longa (turmeric); we will only ever use the purest Curcumin that is extracted from the turmeric. Perhaps more importantly, what sets Ageless Cures supplements apart is what you don’t see. Our caplets do not contain turmeric fillers, sugars, artificial colors or flavors, dyes, dairy, assorted rice or any other fillers or unnecessary compounds.
Learn More About Ongoing Research: The National Cancer Institute‘s research on the potential benefits of Curcumin in the treatment of malignancies is based on the combination of potential chemo-preventive mechanisms, the validated biological activity in pre-clinical studies and its proven safety to humans and animals (yes, you can give curcumin to your pets!).
Holistic Wellness Tip: If you love our Super Curcumin C3 + Piperine (1000mg), you should really try our Super Curcumin with Time Release. It is just like our Super Curcumin, but with a time release component. This is especially valuable if you take four or less pills per day. With Super Curcumin Time Release caplets, your body will absorb the Curcumin gradually throughout the day.