Curcumin and Curcuma Longa

Curcumin and Curcuma longa are both part of a healthy lifestyle. Most of us are probably unfamiliar with Curcumin as it is the unseen component hiding within turmeric, one of the favorite spices used in Indian and Thai cooking for many centuries. Think curry! Other places Curcumin can be found is in that bottle of prepared yellow mustard in the refrigerator, Indonesian food, Carribean cooking, and food coloring.

How are Curcumin and Curcuma longa related? Curcumin stems as an extract from the dried rootstock of Curcuma longa, a plant whose root is prized for its medicinal properties. The Curcuma longa, a perennial native to India can be found all over Southern and Eastern Asia. Curcumin and Curcuma longa are members of the ginger family and at maturity the plant can stand 3 feet tall.

Curcumin and Curcumin Longa’s Benefits

An all-around beneficial spice, Curcumin facilitates a feeling of general well-being as the primary biologically active part of Turmeric. Curcumin, in addition to being a powerful phytochemical and antioxidant, offers turmeric its eye pleasing orange-yellow tint, and is part of a group of compounds known as curcuminoids. A natural polyphenol, curcumin is responsible for a multitude of health-promoting properties.

Pharmacology recognizes Curcumin for its abilities to fight:

  • Bacteria
  • Inflammation
  • Viruses
  • Oxidants
  • Fungi
  • Yeast
  • Spasms
  • Tumors

Curcumin is also a carminative anti-allergen as well as a diuretic.

Curcumin has been used traditionally to provide for those suffering from pain and inflammation in the form of:

Skin Disorders • Gastrointestinal Disorders • Allergies • Gallbladder Problems • Edema • Auto-immune Disorders • Liver Disease • Burns • Chicken Pox • Tumors • Metabolic Disease • Cataracts and other Eye Disorders.

Due to their multitude of uses in the health care field, hundreds of articles on turmeric and Curcumin have been referenced in published peer- reviewed professional journals, making them a legitimate force to be reckoned with in securing health.

There are no reported side effects from taking high doses of Curcumin.  A very infrequent episode of stomach distress or diarrhea may occur; decrease the dosage for a short time and take with food.

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