Curcumin is (quite literally) currently on everyone’s lips. The active compound in turmeric, curcumin is the reason behind the spice’s massive growth in popularity. But what exactly are the benefits of curcumin and should we all be eating more of it?!
Research has found curcumin aids digestion and may help manage IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). Try taking a curcumin supplement to relieve an upset stomach, bloating and gas; it’s what they prescribe in Germany!
Research also suggests that curcumin may reduce inflammation and swelling and therefore could be beneficial for treating conditions that involve these. For example, studies have suggested it can promote muscle recovery for up to 2 days post-workout. Treat yourself with a delicious homemade turmeric curry on days you workout!
Since curcumin is such a potent anti-inflammatory, it can help boost your immune system! A strong immune system lessens the chance of catching colds and flu in the first place, as well as helps you feel better sooner. Try mixing one teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of warm milk and drinking it once daily.
Curcumin is also a very powerful antioxidant! It directly acts on free radicals as well as boosts the body’s own antioxidant enzymes to reduce oxidative damage that can lead to ageing and diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Blend half an inch of turmeric root into your smoothies for an antioxidant hit!
Curcumin possesses numerous health and fitness benefits with its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties and digestion and immunity-boosting effects. Latest news is that black pepper enhances the effectiveness of curcumin even further. So, go on; spice up your life!