Ever heard of curcumin? It might not be a term you’re familiar with, but you’ve probably heard the spice, turmeric. Well, curcumin is the ingredient in turmeric that is responsible for many well-known health benefits. Today, we’ll explain more about what those benefits are and why you should consider adding curcumin to your diet.
What is Curcumin?
Curcumin is a polyphenol that is found in the plant, turmeric – which is part of the ginger family. The popularity of turmeric has skyrocketed in recent years because of its reputation of being a powerful antioxidant. But, it’s actually the ingredient, curcumin that makes this spice such a healthy heavy-hitter. Here are just some of the benefits:
- Powerful anti-inflammatory, great for treating arthritis
- Antioxidant to boost your immune system
- May lower your risk of heart disease
- Helps regulate mood and mental health concerns such as depression
- Helps speed recovery from sports injuries
How to Use Curcumin
So, the benefits of adding curcumin to your daily routine are clear. But, what is the best way to take it each day? Well, it may seem simple just to eat turmeric with your meals each day. Some people even like to sprinkle it on their coffee in the morning. The problem is, curcumin has a low absorption rate, and the amount of cucumin per serving of turmeric is relatively low to maximize its health benefits. That’s why many people turn to curcumin supplements like Zero Sugar Curcumin Gummies by Nordic Naturals.
The advantage to using curcumin supplements is that many are made using turmeric extract to increase the concentration of curcumin in each dose. An ideal daily dose is between 400mg and 1 gram of curcumin.
Some studies show that curcumin can more easily be absorbed when combined with a carrier agent. Here are two ways you can increase your curcumin absorption:
- Black Pepper – When eating turmeric, try adding black pepper to the recipe. The active ingredient in black pepper is piperine enhances the absorption of curcumin by up to 2000%. This also works for curcumin supplements, which contain piperline in the ingredients list, such as Curcumin 500 with Bioperine by Pure Encapsulations.
- Use With Fat – Curcumin is fat soluble, which means it dissolves in fat or oil. Using it when you consume high-fat foods could help increase absorption.
There are many proven benefits to adding curcumin to your diet or daily supplement routine. Have you noticed any changes since you’ve tried it? Tell us about it in the comments below!