Curcumin is a phytochemical found in the spice turmeric that can be purchased in capsule form. Along with the typical antioxidant action of neutralizing free radicals, curcumin has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels in studies where participants took 500mg each day – other studies indicate that curcumin may be helpful in lowering blood pressure. Curcumin has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and is appropriate to use with conditions such as arthritis. Cancer occurs when changes begin in your DNA – curcumin prevents these changes from happening, interfering with cancer development and effectively blocking harmful cancer-causing substances from entering the tissues in your body. Curcumin acts as a natural detoxifier that keeps the liver healthy. Curcumin is also a heart-friendly antioxidant, protecting against plaque buildup in arteries and preventing blood clots. It may be useful in slowing Alzheimer’s.
One of the ways curcumin functions is the same as the way a “COX-2 inhibitor” (a term heard in the last few years in association with arthritis drugs) would function in your body. Curcumin has been shown to hinder the production of two enzymes, one of which is COX-2. One of the main functions of these enzymes is to encourage and sustain inflammation in your body. Curcumin may even be as effective as the prescription-strength category of drugs known as NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) in the case of joint pain and inflammation without the side effects NSAIDS might cause.