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When hearing about turmeric, curcumin gets all the glory, but this ancient healing root contains other impressive compounds too, like turmerosaccharides. If you haven't heard of them before, here's why you should Turmeric is a hot topic here at GreenMedInfo.com. For example, you can read about how Science Confirms Turmeric As Effective As 14 Drugs, 600 Reasons Turmeric May Be the World's Most Important Herb and even How WHOLE Turmeric Heals the Damaged Brain. Yet, here's what most people -- even health and nutrition enthusiasts -- often don't realize. Despite the two often being referred to interchangeably, turmeric is actually far different than the popular supplement ingredient curcumin. Sure, curcumin is derived from turmeric, but when it comes to their uses, benefits and bioavailability, the differences between turmeric and curcumin are quite significant, and in this article you'll discover exactly why, and why you may want to think beyond curcumin when it comes to using turmeric in your diet. Turmeric Versus Curcumin Turmeric is just a root, and technically the root of Curcuma longa, which is a flowering plant of the ginger family. It contains many bioactive plant substances, but one particular group, the curcuminoids, are often touted as possessing the biggest health-promoting bang-for-your-buck. These curcuminoids include demethoxycurcumin, bisdemethoxycurcumin and -- you guessed it -- curcumin. But curcumin is only present at about 2% to 8% concentration in the...
A study finds that Curcuma longa, more popularly known as turmeric, can alleviate certain symptoms of Type 2 diabetes, namely arterial stiffness and endothelial dysfunction, that can contribute to cardiovascular disease. The findings strengthen scientific evidence that turmeric, used in traditional medicine for thousands of years, has an important place in wellness and healing today Curcuma longa (C. longa), commonly known as turmeric, is a plant native to South Asia.[i] A source of a bright yellow spice and a member of the ginger family,[ii] it is used as a dye, as an ingredient in Asian dishes such as curry and as herbal therapy. Dubbed "the Golden Spice,"[iii] it has been used to alleviate the symptoms of digestive disorders[iv] and to treat a variety of ailments, including cancer and diabetes. Turmeric has been the subject of numerous studies. But as pointed out in a July 2019 study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research,[v] C. longa is made up of more than 100 components,[vi] with the scientific literature overwhelmingly focusing on its superstar compound: curcumin. Turmeric and Type 2 Diabetes Type 2 diabetes mellitus, once commonly known as adult-onset diabetes (but now affecting children as well), is a chronic disease characterized by high levels of sugar in the blood.[vii] Glucose, a simple sugar broken down from carbohydrates, enters the bloodstream during digestion and needs to be taken up by cells to be used as energy. Insulin, produced by the pancreas,...
There's mounting evidence of the multiple healing properties of turmeric against pain and common ailments such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Now, a study reveals that this miracle herb can help alleviate asthma among children and adolescents As a medicinal herb, few remedies have been as widely used over the centuries as the root of Curcuma longa L., or turmeric. Its value to the scientific world proves to be as vast as treating 600 health conditions, thanks to its multiple healing properties.[i] While even natural remedies may not be 100% free from side effects, turmeric has an exceptionally high margin of safety. In fact, turmeric is a wonder herb as its effects have been compared with that of ibuprofen, hydrocortisone and some chemotherapy agents. Turmeric has long been the subject of thousands of peer-reviewed studies. Grown in Asia and Brazil, this perennial plant contains biomedical compounds known as curcuminoids, one of which is curcumin. Curcuminoids provide turmeric its bright golden color. As a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, curcumin is an important active ingredient in turmeric.[ii] It also has antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and wound-healing actions.[iii] Turmeric has a reputation for giving pharmaceuticals a run for their money. Research has shown that turmeric can help ease the pain of patients with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis,[iv] [v] reverse symptoms of Alzheimer's disease,[vi] reduce atherogenic risk in Type 2...
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