Is Curcumin Really Anti-Inflammatory?

Turmeric and its antioxidant component curcumin are widely recommended by natural health experts for treatment of inflammation. The turmeric is long known for its anti-inflammatory properties. The scientific literature is slowly confirming that turmeric and curcumin relieve inflammation that causes:

Turmeric as an Anti-inflammatory

Turmeric for Inflammation - What Form of Turmeric Should You Use

The form of turmeric you would use to support recovery from these conditions is turmeric and curcuimin in capsules. The reason you take a combination of turmeric, the herb, plus curcumin (or "curcuminoids"), the antioxidant, is that it turns out that turmeric's analgesic power is not just due to curcumin. If you take a curcumin "phytosome," your body will absorb the curcumin more quickly and more completely than it absorbs pure curcumin.

Turmeric Spice

Turmeric also contains capsaicin, which relieves pain by "distracting" the central nervous system. Turmeric contains gingerol, the chemical also found in ginger that gives both herbs their "hot" taste and that relieves arthritic pain and nausea. Turmeric also contains caffeic acid, which counteracts the carcinogenic effects of aflatoxin, and ferulic acid, which helps maintain the integrity of DNA, especially in the skin.

Turmeric for Inflammation

Turmeric helps reverse inflammation caused by bad diet. Arachidonic acid is a compound found in hot dogs, hamburgers, processed cheese, bacon, and scrambled eggs, foods that many people in the English-speaking world despite being warned they are not good for them. The curcumin in turmeric interferes with the conversion of arachidonic acid into prostaglandins that cause inflammation.

Turmeric also helps reverse the progression of diseases that are stimulated by insulin. This hormone not only transports sugar and stores fat, it also is a signal for the growth of scar tissue. In the liver, the curcumin in turmeric slows the signals to the liver that it needs to grow scar tissue that can eventually cause cirrhosis, and interfere with detoxifying processes for the entire body.

What can you expect if you take turmeric with curcumin for any of the inflammatory diseases listed above?

And what about benefits you won't necessarily notice?