Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a plant and a member of the ginger family. You probably know turmeric as the main spice in curry powder and curried foods; it offers a warm, bitter taste and also provides the yellow color in mustard and some cheeses.
The roots (rhizomes) of the turmeric plant are widely used to make natural medicines.
Curcumin is the bioactive medicinal constituent in turmeric. Only 2-5% of turmeric is actually curcumin.
Scientific studies have demonstrated that a curcumin supplement can offer natural pain relief by decreasing inflammation and swelling and working on the COX-2 enzymes (as do aspirin and ibuprofen) as well as modulating other inflammatory pathways.
Curcumin also increases joint mobility and flexibility.
Curcumin supports the immune system and is a potent antioxidant which can assist the body in eliminating free radicals (generated by oxidative stress). Oxidative stress may be one of the factors which plays a role in the development of chronic and degenerative diseases such as cancer, heart disease and degenerative neurological conditions.
Many curcumin extracts are not easily absorbed or very bioavailable. In order to benefit from its medicinal qualities, you need a high quality curcumin supplement with a delivery system that provides better absorption and longer retention in the bloodstream.
For example, BCM-95 curcumin has up to 10 times better absorption and greater blood retention time (8-12 hours) at meaningful levels than standard 95% curcumin extracts. This highly potent formula uses a micronized curcumin mixed with turmeric essential oils and phospholipids to deliver the curcumin.
There are many published clinical trials demonstrating the efficacy of BCM-95; three of the studies compare BCM-95 with prescription drugs. (Clinical studies with curcumin commonly use the 500 mg. dose, one or more times daily.)
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Curcumin May Slow Blood Clotting
Please note: Curcumin might slow blood clotting and may interact with medications, such as anticoagulants and antiplatelet drugs that also slow clotting. Taking a supplement with curcumin along with such medications might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding. In addition, it’s recommended that women who are pregnant or nursing not take curcumin supplements unless approved by their physician.