Curcumin is one of the most amazing natural medicine that I use every day. Its natural antiinflammatory and I prefer to use it over pharmacological anti-inflammatory drugs because has less side effects. It works the same way as the aspirin and ibuprofen in reducing the COX expression being a COX1 and COX2 inhibitor.

Together with Resveratrol there are my number ONE anti-aging agents. It works great as anti-histamine and I employ it to reduce allergic/ intolerances responses. When addressing autoimmune, in research study it was showing to improve rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn, Multiple Sclerosis, working on the inhibition of Interleukin IL-12 and mediating Th1.

In addition, curcumin boost Natural Killer cells activity and help fight infections and blocks NF-kapa B. The anti-cancerous mechanism was studied for the effect on major master switches and cytochromes in the body like: P450, tyrosine kinases, p-53 signaling, glutathione S- Transferase, Cycloxigenase and transcription factors.

Curcumin is antimicrobial, antiviral (reduces transcription of Epstein Barr25 and HIV virus 26, 27), inhibits parasites and protozoa. It offers protection against cardio risk as a natural blood thinner works by reducing cholesterol oxidation, increases HDL30, reducing fibrinogen38 and platelet aggregation. On the other hand, protects and heals the gastro-intestinal track and helps with stomach healing.

My favorite usage of the curcumin is for brain protection and I believe in the protecting effect from development of Alzheimer (study done in animals), brain tumors, anti-depressant and liver protection (from alcohol and aflatoxin) as well reducing damages after an ischemia.

Curcumin is for everyone with few exceptions: anyone with gallstones (because enhances bile), anyone on blood thinning medication, (increases the effect of medication) and pregnancy. Best to consult a Physician before usage.

There are many products with curcumin on the market. When choosing a good formula I look for Nutraceuticals with reputation of high standards of extraction, potency and a synergy of right blending in the capsule. To enhance absorbability of Curcumin many products have added black piper (studies shows increased absorbability) however, I have found a problem with that in stomach sensitive people. However, fat also increases the absorbability of curcumin and I like to take in a formula that contains vitamin E or oil.

  • For this reason I like Curcum-Evail® softgels CUR060 because of the vitamin E (also natural preservative), Tumeric oil, sunflower lecithin and 380 mg curcuminoids extract.
  • Here is another great option Curcum-Evail® Chewables CURC60 which contains 95% curcuminoids (higher concentration than in the food alone) for oral usage best in periodontal health and for children.

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