Turmeric contains curcumin, a bioactive compound with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can protect the body from degenerative diseases and metabolic syndrome. Curcumin can boost the body's intrinsic antioxidant enzyme production, reducing long-term cellular damage and neutralizing free radicals.
Studies have found that turmeric reduces oxidative stress on vascular tissues, which can decrease chronic disease risk and improves heart health by improving the blood vessel linings, regulating blood pressure, and preventing blood clots. Curcumin has also shown anti-diabetic benefits, which is expressed through its oxidative stress suppressive action. Thus, it reduces fasting blood glucose and glycated hemoglobin.
To release curcumin from raw turmeric, crushed peppercorn must be added to the mix. A dose of 500-2000mg of turmeric per day is recommended, and turmeric supplements are generally safe for most people. For individuals on anticoagulants or blood thinners or with liver or bile duct problems curcumin should be prescribed only after the specialist’s advice.
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