One of the common concerns from new Turmeric consumers is how to decide whether to take Turmeric or Curcumin and how much to take?
A question many people wonder – are Turmeric and Curcumin the same thing?
Let’s dive deep into what exactly these are, their well-researched health benefits and what you can take to improve your health.
Are Turmeric and Curcumin The Same Thing?
Not quite. Curcumin is one of the 3 important plant compounds in Turmeric — collectively known as curcuminoids.
The other two are demethoxycurcumin and bisdemethoxycurcumin. Of the three, Curcumin is the most active and beneficial to our health.
Much of Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant credit goes to its key compound Curcumin.
Turmeric is a spice used across Asia (particularly China and India) for thousands of years and is a key ingredient in curries.
Traditionally used as a medicine for its healing properties, it is now consumed as a superfood and even supplements.
Turmeric is derived from the rhizome or root of a flowering plant (called Curcuma Longa), the same family as ginger.
It’s sold as a spice and available in packets or jars with a distinctive yellow/golden colour.
Turmeric’s distinctive bright yellow-golden colour also comes from Curcumin.
Curcumin represents about 2–8% of standard Turmeric powder with higher Curcumin concentration available as extracts.
Health Benefits Of Turmeric And Curcumin
Turmeric and Curcumin have rich anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The physical and spiritual benefits of Turmeric are both, widely known and amazing
Backed by science, Turmeric and Curcumin have shown promising results in benefiting a wide range of health conditions.
Osteoarthritis — The compounds in Turmeric (including Curcumin) help reduce inflammation markers and relieve some Osteoarthritis symptoms.
Heart Disease — Turmeric and Curcumin have shown to reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein cholesterol) and as a result, reduce the risk of heart disease.
Antifungal — Turmeric and Curcumin work in conjunction with other fungal medications to disrupt fungal cell membranes and reduce infections.
Obesity — Turmeric and Curcumin help inhibit the inflammatory pathways involved in obesity and may help regulate body fat.
Lots of research on Turmeric and Curcumin provides strong evidence confirming their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
What Should You Take?
There is no official consensus on whether Curcumin Extract is better than Turmeric Root Powder.
Most studies have used Curcumin Extract and found very promising results.
Curcumin Extract helped reduce inflammation due to arthritis while Turmeric Powder reduced cortisol levels and lowered cholesterol while boosting the immune system.
The best thing is to take the right dosage of both (Curcumin Extract supplements and plain Turmeric Root Powder/Golden Paste) over a period of 6–8 weeks and see what gives you the best health benefits.
This article from Healthline nicely summarises it.
It’s also important to take Turmeric and Curcumin with Black Pepper and Fat to ensure maximum absorption in the body.
In this article we answered the question – are Turmeric with Curcumin the same thing?
Turmeric with Curcumin is a powerful spice with lots of amazing benefits from reducing symptoms of osteoarthritis to fighting bacterial and fungal infections.
To decide if you should take High Curcumin Extract Supplements or Turmeric Root Powder it’s recommended to try both and see what works best for you.
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