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Beyond Curcumin: Why Turmeric Is Not the Same as Curcumin

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
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...
01-28 2020
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Turmeric May Improve Heart-Related Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes

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
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,...
02-06 2020
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Turmeric: A Natural Remedy for Children and Teens with Asthma

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
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...
04-22 2020
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Turmeric for Chronic Pain

Does your active lifestyle leave you aching and inflamed, wishing there was an alternative to dangerous NSAID drugs? Wish no more -- turmeric's got your pain covered
Does your active lifestyle leave you aching and inflamed, wishing there was an alternative to dangerous NSAID drugs? Wish no more -- turmeric's got your pain covered Turmeric is one of the most popular herbal supplements in the world. This highly prized spice is valued for its rich color and flavor profile, both the result of high concentrations of curcumin, a plant polyphenol that also imparts therapeutic antioxidant properties. A natural antidote to inflammation, supplements made from curcumin are popular among athletes and active adults seeking alternatives to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) -- and with good reason. Curcumin is clinically proven to reduce post-workout soreness caused by muscle damage and inflammation.[i] But how does turmeric rate against the effects of chronic pain? According to recent studies, the anti-inflammatory power of turmeric stands up against popular NSAID drugs, without potentially toxic side effects. Chronic Pain Affects 1 in 5 Adults Although estimates vary, chronic pain is believed to affect more than 20% of U.S. adults[ii] and is a virulent symptom of articular joint disease. Pain can derive from structural changes within the joint, such as destruction of bone and protective cartilage, and the development of adhesions that interfere with joint movement. Pain can also result from chronic inflammation in and around the joint and surrounding ligaments and tendons. Arthritis is a general term for any type of inflammatory joint...
05-04 2022

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